Dale Stetina was involved in a car-bike accident in Lefthand Canyon on August 31, 2013. He was airlifted to Boulder Community Hospital in critical condition with a Traumatic Brain Stem Injury. He is showing signs of strong recovery but this is going to be a long road back with heavy rehabilitation. **** We have set up the Dale Stetina Trust fund. Please scroll over to https://rally.org/dalestetina to donate. Donations through Caringbridge dont go to Dale. Don't feel obligated to give more than a nice prayer. We are so humbled by the outpouring support so far, and it is a little embarrassing to have to promote this, but we know the world we live in; medical bills pile up fast. Plus there have been lots of questions regarding donations already.
Dale has been laying low all week with a stomach bug so he wasn’t able to enjoy much of Craig’s Thanksgiving buffet. He did walk to the dining area with me and sat with me while I enjoyed stuffing myself:) Later he was able to eat some soup and potatoes and his energy level is pretty good so he will be able to get back to therapies.
Several people have asked about his eyes since there is an obvious problem. He sustained nerve damage that has affected the muscle in both eyes. He cannot abduct or turn out either eye and the right eye is turning inward more than the left. Eye exercises have been prescribed in an attempt to help but it will probably be several months before we know the outcome. There might be a surgical option but, as with everything, we will have to wait and see.
Kate will return Saturday from her Moab adventure so we plan to have another Thanksgiving dinner in the family apartment at Craig with Dale. We’re all set for a great feast (BIG thanks to Jennifer for the turkey and side dishes, Risa for dessert, and Charles for a nice bottle of Red!!)
Kate (in her true ever-optimistic style) started a list of "1000 Blessings and Things to Be Thankful For" right after the accident and taped it to the wall of Dale’s room in Boulder Community Hospital. People added to the list over time and it traveled with Dale to Craig. It is pretty dog-eared now, and we’re still not up to 1000, but reading through the list reminds me of how far we’ve come. I’ll be adding a few new ones today.
Thankful for Dale's improvements, the growth of our family, and all the fine people sending encouragement, support, and prayers,