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Pray for Nick

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Raised by 171 people in 18 months
Created June 28, 2017

At around 2:15-2:30 AM early Thursday morning, June 22nd, Nick suffered an accident while riding his motorcycle on the way home from a night out with his friends. He was less than 1/4 from being home where the accident occurred. Alcohol was not the reason. The circumstances of the accident are unclear unfortunately. Nick suffered a traumatic brain injury which included a right sided skull fracture and brain bleeding. It is assumed he was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident (since there is damage on the helmet in the same area as his injuries) but that it fell off after the initial hit and the subsequent hits caused the damage. Nick was moved to UCI Medical Center and currently resides in the surgical ICU. He remains intubated on very heavy sedation and requires a breathing tube to help him breathe. He also has a drain placed in his head to relieve swelling and pressure build-up. He has been able to move his extremities involuntarily and his pupils react appropriately, but he is unable to respond to commands as he is under so much sedation, so the extent of the damage done to his brain cannot be fully determined at this time. The expectation is that Nick will require many weeks if not months in the hospital and even longer time potentially to rehab as he is likely to have significant physical deficits. Any monetary donations or prayers are greatly appreciated as they will all be used towards his bills, medical expenses and children since he can not work. His girls need their daddy and his mom, brother and I need him as well as his entire family and friends!

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Update 17
Posted by Kristi Klements
17 months ago
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Today's update everyone! Want to see a true fighter? He amazes me daily!
Update on my brother Nick. Today marks exactly 5 weeks since Nick's motorcycle accident, and I'm happy to announce, that after a collaborative meeting with Nick's medical and therapeutic team yesterday, they are planning on discharging Nick home this coming Wednesday. The surgical team downsized the size of his trach yesterday with plans to take out the trach all together by Friday. They also plan on removing his feeding tube next week prior to Nick's discharge. Physically Nick is doing incredible, in fact, the docs want to decrease his PT therapy (cuz he doesn't need as much cuz he's doing so well) and focus more on speech therapy. Mentally Nick is improving significantly every day. I'm able to hold full blown conversations with him. His confusion is significantly improved, whereas before he would say random things and see things that weren't there. As of the last couple of days, that is no longer the case. You can still tell there is something a little off, but barely. He is eating well, speaking well, thinking well and
moving well. Nick is really excited to know he'll be coming home soon and can't wait to lay in his own bed and be truly comfortable. He will continue outpatient therapy for 2 weeks after discharge and then after that he is truly a free man. My next and final update will be when Nick comes back home.
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Update 16
Posted by Kristi Klements
18 months ago
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From Chris
Quick update on my brother Nick. Yesterday he was approved for food and liquids. I brought him a bottle of coke, cherry coke and sprite like he asked. Docs say if he handles food well for the next day or 2 they will take out the trach and his feeding tube. He was able to walk without assistance 250 ft (with a therapist right next to him of course, he was only able to do 20 ft the day before). He continues to get stronger and stronger each day.

He however remains fairly confused (although it seems to get a little bit better each day). We think he's starting to get the severity of his accident and it makes him really sad and upset (sad upset, not angry upset). He really wants to come home, but it's just not safe for him yet. He still needs to get stronger both physically and mentally, but he's getting there. I gave him a task to wish me a happy birthday when I see him later today. My sole birthday wish is that he remembers to do that.

I love you brother. Ur my hero, stay strong.
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Update 15
Posted by Kristi Klements
18 months ago
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Update on my brother Nick. It's now been exactly 28 days (4 weeks) since Nick's motorcycle accident and I'm happy to say Nick has finally been cleared to leave the hospital and transferred to an acute rehab center on the UCI medical center campus last night. Nick continues to make fantastic physical progress. In fact, yesterday, Nick was finally able to stand up and walk with the help of physical therapy. He was also able to tolerate the valve that goes in his trach for a long time which allows him to speak clearly and today will trial some liquids to see if its safe for him to swallow liquids and food. He does great with occupational therapy, being able to brush his teeth and dial numbers on the phone without much trouble. Nick has also started to make some good progress mentally as well. The last several days Nick has been very confused and VERY agitated and angry, but yesterday he was significantly calmer and able carry on long (but confusing and nonsensical) conversations. He is still very confused when it comes to short term memory type things (I asked him who the president was and he said Eisenhower and when I asked him where he was, he said the gas station), and still doesn't know why he's in the hospital, but his long-term memories are still very much intact. It's actually kind of funny the things he says (kind of like those videos of people who are still high after getting their wisdom teeth out without Nick sounding like he's high). He sounds actually really good and even laughs which is so incredibly awesome to see and hear. Nick's looking the most forward to getting a big gulp of coca-cola or sprite from 7/11.

So now Nick's focus transitions fully to getting his body stronger while his brain continues to heal and his mind gets clearer. I was over the moon to see him doing so well (I hadn't seen him the previous 2 days) and the family and I are as excited as ever to share this update with you all. We can't guarantee that everyday going forward will be as good as yesterday, but it's definitely another step in the right direction. Thank everyone so so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, visits, shares and donations. We're getting him back. #prayfornick
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