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Mikey's Recovery Fund

$7,750 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 11 months
Created July 19, 2017
Our Friend Mike Beaudin was in a bad racing crash at the National on July 9th at Gopher Dunes. Mikey is strong in spirit. It would be nice to be able to take the worry of financial stress off of him and his family.  At this time Mike has no feeling below his belly button after breaking his T9 and T11 vertebrae. Let's show Mikey the support the moto community has when a rider needs help. This money will help to get Mikey's home accessible.  Recovery and Rehabilitation will be lengthy and costly.  If there are other ways you would like to help, please reach out. Your positive thoughts and prayers for Mike are truly appreciated.

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Here is a update from Mikey ok where he is at in his recovery and the real struggles with the Canadian health care. Update taken from his Facebook page


So it has been almost 20 weeks since my injury and I just wanted to give an update for those who are interested.

I have been getting various messages and comments in my posts and it just seems to me that some, not all people understand what a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) actually is. It also seems that some think I'm on a steady, smooth and and easy routine.. well here is the news..

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function, either temporary or permanent. These changes translate into loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the level of the lesion. Injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord and can be classified as complete injury.. (in wich I personally am classified as Complete), a total loss of sensation and muscle function. Or incomplete, meaning SOME nervous signals are able to travel past the injured area of the cord. But this is not me. I have no sensation or signals being returned through the damage of my spinal cord. Depending on the location and severity of damage along the spinal cord, the symptoms can vary widely, from pain or numbness to paralysis to incontinence. The prognosis also ranges widely, from full recovery in rare cases to permanent tetraplegia (also called quadriplegia) in injuries at the level of the neck, and paraplegia in lower injuries. Complications that can occur in the short and long term after injury include muscle atrophy, pressure sores, infections, and respiratory problems.

Now with that being said as a complete paraplegic not only do I have no sensation past the belly button.. I have no bladder or bowel control. Therefore I must drain my bladder through self catheterization. This happens when a catheter (small tube) has to be inserted through the urethra tapping into the bladder and draining it manually. For a detailed explanation of this you can find it here en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_cathete in my case I drain every 4 hours using 6 required catheters a day.

As for my bowels I empty through a process called digital Digital stimulation wich is a way to empty the reflex bowel after a spinal cord injury. It may also be called a "dil." It involves moving the finger or dil stick around in a circular motion inside the rectum. By doing this, the the bowel reflex is stimulated and the rectal muscles open and allow the stool to leave the body. Often initiated with the insertion of a suppository. This is done every night.

I am and have still been paying for my catheters and various meds in wich ARE NOT completely covered thru any means of insurance. Costing me $350 in meds per month and a 30 pack of catheters not even lasting me a whole month runs me just over $200. CCAC gives me 4 catheters a month. Yes a month and are expecting me as a patient and many other patients to boil and clean to reuse existing catheters. Wich is not healthy for anyone and increases UTI's (Urinary Tract Infection) by 1000%. A joke.

After almost my 3rd month into my injury I somehow acquired a UTI. Even after following proper procedures. I honestly thought I was dying with my symptoms that made no sense of cold sweats to hot flashes to chills and intense muscle spasms. Vomiting and dry heaving and a 60 hour straight headache.

So when you see me smiling in my posts I figured I'd give a little bit of insight behind my hard earned small achievements because that is what they are TO ME. Performing various workouts and activities it may seem like I have use of my legs but I do not. I am just using them for what they are right now. Sitting constantly is never good for anyone. And it just isn't my style. I've never been that kind.

Thank you for reading. And thank you to those who have been there constantly for me through this life changing experience. You know who you are. And so do I. If you read this to the end I would just like you to comment "SDMF" wich is an old WWII saying the soldiers used to tell eachother through days of battle wich means "Strength Determination Merciless Forever" fight to the end. So my plan is to fight the good fight and to stay positive. Hoping to raise awareness of what an SCI does to a human and to hopefully help others going through the same types of injuries. I can't thank my motocross family enough as many of us just understand what one has to go through when injured. And for those who want to further understand follow Ken Roczen and watch his story.

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps with understanding. More posts about physiotherapy to come as my road to recovery continues..

Mikey
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Mikey is working hard to learn everything he needs to right now. His drive and determination threw all is, is truly inspiring. This photo was taken at the final round of the cmrc nationals with his great buddy Jason Burke. It was awsome to see Mikey make it back out to the track so quick and thank everyone personally for all their help along the way so far. Time has now come that I will start to withdrawal funds from this account on behalf of Mikey and will be used directly to help pay for his new living needs. We would like to just thank everyone again for all the support they have given Mike. Keep up the good fight Mike.
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Mikey has now moved to the Rehab side of the hospital. He is currently receiving 2 sessions a day, teaching him how to get around and improve strength and balance. They have him doing wheelies in the chair as this is a key element to learn. Everyday he is making great progress accomplishing his goals and the goals set out for him.
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Mikey has been making good progress. He's been able to get outside a few times now and with his determination will continue to go out. Here's a picture of Mike and his Mom Jackie
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Raised by 63 people in 11 months
Created July 19, 2017
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