Randy Kleinheider Medical

$9,195 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 28 months
Paul Hellickson
on behalf of Debbie Kleinheider
Randy Kleinheider… Husband, Father, Friend, Colleague.. Committed ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) member for the past 14 years who served in many capacities on the Chapter Board (Including President) as well as the Society board needs our help.

On January 17, 2017, Randy suffered a mild stroke in the cerebellum where coordination is controlled.  He recovered almost 95% by the 19th and went home but the very next day he suffered a second, more severe stroke, sending him to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.  Over the next few weeks while plans were being made to begin the recovery process he suffered several more strokes that caused brain swelling and damage to the brain stem.  The last MRI showed massive damage to the brain stem, cerebellum, parietal, occipital, and temporal lobes of the cerebrum.  He couldn't talk much, was almost blind, had no movement or feeling on his left side, and extreme weakness to his right side.  Swallowing was difficult at times and the only things still intact in his brain at the time were his cognitive thought and his hearing.  

Fighting the good fight
After all of this happened palliative care and end of life plans were being made but Randy is a stubborn man and has chosen to fight this battle. He was transferred from ICU to Transitional care, then Mercy Rehab.  While there, he developed aspiration pneumonia and was sent back to Mercy St. Louis.  A week later, he went back to Rehab then was transferred to New Haven Care Center on March 24th where he remains today.  

His Recovery
While his speech has returned and is fairly clear, Randy's vision is still unfocused, he can't sit up or walk on his own due to loss of equilibrium, but does well with help, and with that assistance has taken 8 steps.  He has a feeding tube and a catheter as his entire digestive and urinary systems are damaged.  He can now, however, have 'pleasure foods' like ice cream and soft foods, and can now drink 'honey-thick' liquids, so Pepsi is back on the menu.  His cognition is very good for the most part, but at times, he still has some confusion.  During anxious times, he 'surveys' whatever room he is in to see if he can improve on the plumbing and fire protection design. I am sure most of his ASPE colleagues can relate lol.

Medical Bills and Other Expenses
He has made great strides in therapy and continues to do so, but insurance doesn't cover an extended stay in skilled nursing and as of April 21st the Insurance company has denied an extension. He wants to come home soon, but he will require a great deal of care when that happens. The family home will need a great deal of work to make it handicap accessible.  His wife is also disabled so in-home caregivers will be required.  A wheelchair van will also be needed at some point to get Randy around. While insurance will help with some of the equipment, it does not cover caregivers or transportation costs.

How you can help

Other than your continued thoughts and prayers this is where you can do the most help. Please thoughtfully consider donating to this fund today… Randy, his wife Debbie and all of his children will greatly appreciate anything you can do.
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A big thank you to the St. Louis Chapter of ASPE... Our members stepped up at this years Golf Tournament and donated $550.00 . Thank you to all that have given .
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Randy was just transferred to Washington Hospital due to Sepsis.. I don't know anymore than that right now but please pray. Will keep you updated when I know more. Thank you.
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$9,195 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 28 months
Created April 22, 2017
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Nick Roberts
25 months ago

On behalf of the cash donations raised by the ASPE St. Louis Chapter members at the 2017 Golf Outing. We all support you and your family, Randy. We miss you!

Janelle Caulkins Aten
26 months ago

Deb, you've always have been for me. This pales in comparison but I hope it helps. Randy you have the best wife ever! Feel better soon.

Natasha Matthews
26 months ago
27 months ago
Nicholas Hipp
27 months ago
Michael Gregory
27 months ago

Randy - From all of your friends and fellow ASPE members in the Omaha ASPE Chapter, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope for a swift and speedy recovery. ASPE Omaha Chapter

27 months ago
John Parks ASPE-Oklahoma
27 months ago

Although I've only known Randy for a few years, he was always gracious, pleasant to be around and willing to help us with advice as we struggled to become a new chapter. We sincerely hope the best for you and your family. Sincerely, John Parks ASPE-Oklahoma

Sean Allard
27 months ago

Randy All of your friends at the Chicago Chapter are keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you stay tough and work through these difficult times.

Bob and Judy Laune
27 months ago

We are thinking about you and praying for you and your family.

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