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June update

Dale’s participation the Ride2Recovery was a great experience. Lots of physical exercise and social interaction with a great group of people.  Here is a link for those interested   He says he was humbled everyday by the strength, humor and determination of other participants with greater challenges than his.  He is hoping to participate in another R2R challenge this fall. 

His weekly schedule is still filled with therapy appointments and exercise. We’ve connected with a great CU student, Bobby, who is working with Dale this summer for an integrative physiology internship.  He accompanies Dale to most all his therapies and has taken him to the YMCA for workouts.  Last week, he and Dale went to the grocery store so Dale could meal plan and shop for dinner supplies.  Dale made chicken enchiladas that night.   Took longer than usual but he did it!    Memory and organizational skills are getting better.

His right eye has improved to the point that surgery to straighten it is a viable option. It probably will never look correct cosmetically but at least he will have more functionality.  The surgery will probably take place later this summer.  His dental implant surgery is scheduled for this week.  It had been on hold until his occlusion (bite) could be improved.  Slow process but he is chewing better so they’re moving ahead with the next steps. 

Daughter Claire visited last week and brother Wayne stayed a few days since he was here for the Ride the Rockies event.  Lucky him – participating in these events is part of his job!  Janice, Dale’s mother is here now.  She hadn’t seen him since the accident and it was an emotional reunion.  At 88 she is doing well and is filling our frig with her nutritious and delicious soups. 

Attaching a few photos – Dale with Jim, one of his tandem pilots and training while watching his right leg in a mirror.  He is supposed to watch how his knee tracks as he spins.  Andy Pruitt of Boulder Center for Sports Medicine suggested Dale regularily do this to help his right leg and ankle with the spacisity. 

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Ben Banks
By Ben Banks
All the best everyone. I am really amazed by the love, courage and determination of your family.
Debi Palmer
By Debi Palmer
It was a pleasure meeting Dale on the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge. It's great that he is receiving such good rehab after his traumatic brain injury. Keep up the good work Dale!
Randy Profeta
By Randy Profeta
Always great to hear that Dale is moving forward. He will get past this, but at his pace and based on his determination with the great support he is receiving. Keep moving forward!
Karen Rakestraw
By Karen Rakestraw
I was so thrilled to meet Dale and Jim out on their Sunday morning ride two weekends ago in Hygiene, Colorado. Oh how they inspired me. Thank you!