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Dale’s Story

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. 

Latest Journal Update

May 2015

The Stetina Clan at Pete & Dyanna's house in Tahoe

The Stetina Clan at Pete & Dyanna's house in Tahoe

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Friends,

Thank you for caring about the Stetinas and Dale and checking this page!  I apologize for the lack of communication and have recently had a few requests for an update. 

A highlight of recent was spending last Thanksgiving together as a full family at Pete and Dyanna’s house in Tahoe.  In the photo here you see Claire, Dale, Pete, Kate, and Anne (thanks Dyanna for taking the photo)!

Dale has had a few eye and dental procedures that have occupied much time and energy over the last few months.  The dental reconstruction efforts have been ongoing since the crash but hope to have most of it finished by the end of the summer.  His eyes have been more complicated due to optic nerve damage from the crash.  Last month Dale flew to Indianapolis to have an eye procedure on his left eye.  All went well and Dale’s vision is slightly better than it was, but he will always struggle with vision problems.  He decided to extend his stay in Indianapolis (where he grew up) and enjoyed visiting his mother and spending time with old friends still in town.  He plans to visit more regularly as he had such a good time. 

He still works with a PT due to problems with his right leg.  We also are planning to pursue a short but intensive cognitive therapy program offered locally with the graduate school at CU.  More updates about that later. 

Next week Dale heads to Washington DC to participate in another weeklong Ride to Recovery with his brother Wayne.  This is the 3rd R2R that Dale has attended and he really enjoys interacting with all the participants, many of whom have also had significant injuries but are riding their bikes nevertheless.  Dale will ride a solo bike this time – a huge step-up from the tandem!

During bad weather, Dale works out on his trainer with the Zwift beta program (www.zwift.com) and it is absolutely awesome!  It’s a program that hooks up to his trainer so he has a real Dale avatar in this online cycling community, and can ride alongside other cyclists on trainers in their own homes.  Very cool graphics!

Finally, we want to send huge THANK YOUs to the family and friends that have been with us thru the long haul of this recovery.  It’s so important to us to have people that have tried to understand what works and what doesn’t, and what kinds of things support or hinder recovery.  Helping Dale make healthy choices is a challenge as he still struggles with understanding the impact of his injuries; rates of secondary TBI are high and a significant issue with someone as physically active as Dale.  We are thankful to have members of our community that understand this as well, reach out to us when it gets complicated, and are willing to learn what supports Dale’s health.  Not everyone who interacts with Dale understands the fragile state of an injured brain so we are still trying to educate people about the seriousness of this. 

Overall, as we approach the two-year mark post-injury, the Stetinas are still navigating a complicated time of how a TBI has affected everything -- family relationships, values/priorities, communication, work, and overall health.  We like to think we are figuring it all out, slowly but surely.  We so appreciate the prayers and good thoughts that our community continues to send our way.  Thank you for adapting to best love him and each other alongside us.


Love to all,

Kate and Anne Stetina

 

Comentarios

13 Comentarios

joe tonahill
By Joe Tonahill
July 4, 2015
I don't know exactly where to start as I want to say that I saw Dale up in Hygiene at Mary's Market in the parking lot this morning and once I was told that I was looking at and listening to Dale, it leaves me speechless to say the least. Dale was in a group of 5 in the parking lot and he was talking away with a couple of my friends (one was Cliff who actually witnessed Dale's accident almost 2 years ago) and I had stopped to say hello to Cliff and friend Houck. I don't know Dale but have followed the story since the accident and have to say that I lost track of the progress and to fast forward, what I witnessed today is something that I am still trying to get my arms around. I was listening to Dale discuss a cycling trip that he was suggesting Houck to participate in in the future. What I did NOT realize was that it was Dale leading the discussion and you would have never known he had had such a tragic accident so recently by what I was witnessing. A few minutes later, Cliff caught up with me and after riding for about 10 minutes Cliff said 'I can't believe where Dale has gotten to since the accident'. I had to get Cliff to repeat what he was saying as I just couldn't believe my ears! I hate to go on and on but from my perspective from what I had listened to since the accident, this is simply a wonderful story and all of the doctors, nurses, therapists and anyone else involved (including family and friends) should be bragged upon as all of you must have some sort of magic about you. Dale just looked like a regular cyclist (he looked in great shape and had all the high tech stuff) and you would never have known he had been through so much.
I am writing this with reiterating I have never known Dale but if any of you reading this had anything to do with his recovery, please give yourself a huge pat on the back and keep up with the great work!!!
Christopher Stoltie
By CJ Stoltie
It's awesome to hear that Dale will be riding solo during the Memorial Challenge with R2R.
I rode with Dale and Wayne in A Group during the California Challenge in October of 2014. Those two were next to impossible to catch during descents and the flats on the tandem they were riding. That bike had an amazing paint job that made it easy to identify as it flashes by you.
I wish Dale and the family well during this time of recovery. I look forward to seeing you soon Dale on a R2R challenge.
Jim Rosa
By Jim Rosa
Really impressed with your progress the few weeks while in Indy and glad that your eye procedure was a success. Always energizing to ride with you, Bob H and Steve D! Hope to visit with you in late July if we visit Boulder.
arlene blewitt
By Arlene Blewitt
Hope the bike ride is enjoyable. Thanks for the update. Anne is so fabulous also, and hope your son recovers from his accident..
Ellyn Traub
By Ellyn & Kenney
Good to hear that Dale is improving every day. Riding solo (not tandem) on the R2R is a big step. I bet Dale noticed a big change in Indianapolis. Next time you are in town (for a visit with Jan- not a doctors appointment) downtown Indy has city bikes available- so you can take a short spin on the Cultural trail.

We are also happy to have read that Peter did not sustain a serious injury during a training ride before the start of the Giro.
Debi Palmer
By Debi Palmer
Thanks for the update. It's great to see all the improvements. Dale is so blessed to have such a supportive family. I'm gonna' miss seeing Wayne and Dale on the Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Memorial Challenge this year, but I know they'll have a great time. :-)
Lennard Zinn
By Lennard and Sonny Zinn
You guys have achieved miracles together. I know it has been really tough at times, and I know Peter's crash must have been an incredible blow for all of you as well, AND I hope you're able to daily be in the presence of the miracle that Dale's recovery has been thus far. I would guess that it's close to unprecedented, given the severity of his injuries. And the constant readjustments to a completely different life can be very hard on family bonds as well, and your adaptation to all of those as a family have also been remarkable. We love you!
Neil Dykes
By Neil UK
Thanks for the update, so thoughtfully written! So much kindness and strength in those words. You guys are ALL amazing x
Debbie Knickman
By Debbie Knickman
keep up the great efforts, stetina's... and how exciting that dale will be riding solo at R2R! it sounds like you all have made great strides. in the thick of it the challenges can seem overwhelming, so it helps to look back and appreciate the progress you've made~~
Hollis Hope
By hollis and david — last edited
Anne and Kate,
Thanks for the update. We think about you often and are right around the corner and should reach out more. Glad to see your garden in early and the plants appreciate all this the rain! David and I are looking forward to riding with Dale in Sept. We hope the R2R goes well. All best to all of you on this journey.