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Oliver's Medical Expenses

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Raised by 320 people in 4 months
Created December 29, 2018
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on behalf of Michael Clanin
Many of you have heard/seen the news in the last 24 hours about a terrible accident on Sundown Rd, involving the 2 Cedar Rapids teens.    Oliver Clanin was one of the teens in the accident.
Oliver is a Junior at Linn-Mar High School. Oliver was snowboarding and on the way home when the accident occurred. Oliver is currently at the University Hospital in Iowa City with a long road of recovery ahead of him.
The money that is raised will go towards helping Oliver's family with medical expenses.
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Oliver update:
Oliver had follow up visit with ophthalmology and orthopedic Thursday. No improvement on eye. He has no vision. They thought he would at least have more peripheral so they think he has more optic nerve damage than expected. We got mixed information between doctors on outlook whether to do future surgery or not. I’m ready to get a second/third opinion from other doctors around the country who are researching and performing cutting edge treatments on the eye. He started physical therapy on his legs this week. He’ll start physical therapy on his arm this coming week. Oliver will start back to school this Thursday on Valentine’s Day. Yesterday, we went to Ames and picked up Emma’s car that she doesn’t drive while at school. Oliver has driven with Carla a couple times to see if he was comfortable driving and he’s decided he’s ready so he will be driving to school. Carla will also return to work on Thursday.

Things are looking up!
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Update on Oliver and some last words:

Oliver came home on Wednesday Jan. 9 after they did CT scans of chest and abdomen to see if they could determine cause for his fevers. Results showed no bleeding or infections. They released him because they didn’t want him to catch any sickness from being in hospital. He has continued to run a fever since we’ve gotten home but at this point they are with low grade on none. He is either in bed, playing xbox or watching tv. On Thursday he had a follow up eye appointment. Doctors were please how he’s healing. They said that 2/3 of retina is attached and the other 1/3 isn’t full or not at all. They talked about possibly doing another surgery in the future but not sure if they want to take risk. We know that Oliver will not have his full sight back. If anything, he will has some peripheral vision. As a parent I have come to terms with this. There are risks of infection to the other eye or worse losing his injured eye or both. I don’t think it’s a risk I’m willing to take. I know many people that have lives with sight out of one eye. Yeah, he won’t be able to do certain things in life like get a pilots license, CDL license or be in military. I don’t think any of these were on list list anyway. Most things he wants to do he can do with accommodations or just take a little more time to learn. He could always be a pirate! LOL He made the joke while watching Pirates of the Caribbean, not me! Carla is off work as long as needed. Linn-Mar Schools and staff have been very supportive during this time.

Yesterday after getting back from doctors appointment Craig Collins and I went to Dubuque and visited the accident sight. There were no visible indicators of where the accident happened. I relied on the Life 360 app that we use to track our kids location. Just to clarify, our kids can track us also. We go this app because Emma went off to college this year. It was with this app that we learned something might be wrong. The app tracked them all the way up to Sundown that morning. Before they left, Oliver texted Carla that they were leaving. About a half hour later or so Carla came to me and said, why aren’t they moving? I had also noticed it but thought it lost GPS signal or because his battery was low. It want until I received call from hospital that we learned that the last location was where the accident had occurred. When we went up there, I was trying to find his phone but never did. After leaving the accident sight, Craig and I headed to Sherriff’s Dept to pick up Oliver’s belongings. They had his wallet, both of his snowboards and boots that he used and let Jaycee ❤️ use, a black trash bag of items that included his winter jacket, gloves, truck keys on his Iowa State lanyard. I was able to talk to deputy that was on scene and thank him for his service and the time he was with Oliver. From there, I stopped at Finley hospital to get Oliver’s records. I was able to meet the Chaplin that had called me that night. We spend several minutes talking. I thanked him and shared with him how appreciative we were for the nurses and doctors that worked on Oliver. He had admitted that this was an emotional time for him and was so glad that we had stopped by to share how Oliver was recouping. From there we went to the towing facility to see Oliver’s truck. I was told by the deputy and the towing staff that I didn’t want to see it. Each said, Oliver is very luck to be alive. I don’t think luck had anything to do with it, I know he had someone very special watching over him and that person was his best friend Jaycee ❤️. I did take pictures of the truck but I won’t be posting them or making them public as respect for Oliver and Jaycee’s ❤️ family. All I will say is this could of had an worst outcome as I stated before Oliver probably shouldn’t be alive and secondly, Lily was suppose to be with him and Jaycee ❤️ and at last minute Carla told her that she could go. Lily would have been sitting in the seat directly behind Jaycee’s ❤️ seat which is where the impact was. She would not have survived. I cannot even put to words what his truck looked like and I won’t because I want to respect both families. We have not showed Oliver pictures. I don’t even know if I ever will. He may eventually ask to see them and at that time we will decide if he is ready. We have been very open with him during this whole experience from doctors, telling him about Jaycee’s ❤️ funeral to talking about the accident. We believe this is crucial because we want him to know so he can heal not only physically but mentally. This is something that he will live with all his life. I believe that not only having Jaycee’s ❤️ parents visit him in the hospital helped him but it has helped them also. They want Oliver to know that they are there for him now and in the future and that this was an accident. During this whole experience, many people were placed in Oliver’s and our families path for some reason. I know that it was not coincidence. The two first off duty EMTs that happened to be on the same road who showed up on the scene were husband and wife are related to Carla’s substitute, Meghan Oliver’s last nurse who was involved in a car accident on the same road when she was in highschool, the friend that I met several years ago when Carla and I went to Price Is Right, her family owned the towing company that arrived on the scene and has Oliver’s truck.

Lastly, I would like to share something that I learned about the other driver while looking at the truck he was in. Earlier this year on March 31, 2018 his 16 year old daughter passed away as a result of a car accident. He has been dealing with the loss of his own daughters tragedy and now he has to live with this. I was told that this accident has been devastating for him because he felt he couldn’t of done anything differently to avoid this end result and also reliving his own daughters accident. My heart goes out to him at this time. I don’t know if we will ever meet in the future but I want him to know this was an accident. Please pray for him and his family during this time.

God bless everyone for their prayers and condolences over these last two weeks. For us it’s only the beginning of a long road to recovery and healing. For Jaycee’s ❤️ family it’s all the memories and all the life that Jaycee ❤️ has given for others to live on as a result of him being an organ donor. We will be here for each other as time goes on. A new normal will set in as life goes on. Lots of tears of sadness and lots of laughter have been shared so let us not forget the life that Jaycee ❤️ had and the many memories that he has given to us in the time we had with him.

Take care friends.
Love, Michael, Carla, Emma, Oliver ❤️ and Lily
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We returned to hospital Sunday night with a high fever. They ran tests and everything still negative. Today they did CT scan of chest and abdomen and it shows no bleeding or infections. They are sending us home because the longer he stays here the more chances he can catch something. Oliver is excited to get back home and so are we. Thank you all for your continued support and all the prayers that we’ve received. We still have a long road ahead of us. Carla is taking as much time needed from work to be at home when I can’t and to get him to his upcoming appointments, physically therapy and whatever else they sign us up for.
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Oliver finally got home after 2 pior attempts of escape from hospital. They were going to let him come home but he developed a high fever so they kept him and ran all sorts of test. Everything came back negative. Then on Friday after being fever free 24 hrs they said he could go home the resident dr came in and told us the head dr wanted to keep him one more night because they weren’t comfortable letting him go since they couldn’t pinpoint why he had a fever and just wanted to make sure nothing would develop before him leaving. On Saturday with no new developments we were finally allowed to leave in the afternoon. We got home and even though he was exhausted he had his requested meal Popeye’s chicken and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. At one point in movie he had me rewind movie and said, “Dad, watch this part, this character could of been me.” It was the scrawny looking pirate. He had a fake eye. He picked it, put it in his mouth to clean it and popped it back in where it belonged. Oliver has suck a great sense of humor. I said we are so glad that you don’t have to have a prosthetic eye. We are so greatful. I also got his Xbox set up not so much so he could play but I knew it would allow him to communicate with his friends. He did tell me that he usually is the one to invite friends to play but he said that he thinks others will invite him to play first now because they want to see how he’s doing and will be excited that he’s back. He has so much support, more than he will ever know. Lastly, there has been an outpouring of support for our family and Jaycee’s family. There are people we know and others that we don’t that have contributed spiritually, emotionally and monetarily. Regardless of your support we want to let you know that we felt it and heard your words and feelings. May god be with you and your family especially if you have a close one that was affected emotionally. We all process this differently.Just to let you all know Oliver is openly talking about this experience which we are greatful for. He remembers somethings but up to accident he does after the accident at this time. We are counting this a blessing.
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