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THE EARLY DAYS
After eight days in a drug-induced coma, he woke up to severe hallucinations. It took three more days to get him off the heavy drugs so he could be alert and proactive in his recovery. He took a freight train mentality to his healing and began asking the tough questions right away.
On June 9th, three weeks after the accident, Nick had a surgery that would change his life forever. Those first three weeks were tough, but the love of family and friends, and a little goofing around, really helped pull us through.
After a month in the hospital he was moved into a rehab facility where he got to work out 3 hours each day. He didn’t feel he was ready at the time, but I knew he couldn’t lay in that hospital bed any longer. I decorated his room to make it warm and friendly. Despite his pain and the stress of a life flipped upside down, we had fun with our friends and the staff at Ballard.
Our super awesome, tireless, dedicated friends spent the hot summer months planning some amazing fundraising events for us. There was a Ball Drop by friends from Skydive Elsinore over a beautiful golf course in Lake Elsinore, a killer auction and party called Feet For Fener at Skydive Perris that had an insanely huge turn out, and a mega cool Art Auction at our friends tattoo studio in Oxnard. See, we have bad ass friends!
Four months after the amputations, he was finally healed and ready to go swimming and get fitted for his brand new legs. His first attempt at walking was emotional and triumphant. When he finally got to take his legs home, we realized that the work had just begun.
He kept a grueling schedule of physical therapy 3 days a week, and training at the gym 3 days a week. All his hard work eventually led to him driving with hand controls, driving go-karts, and driving himself places without assistance.
We are so grateful for the progress he’s made in his recovery. The napping hard and playing hard give him the energy to do things like speak to high school kids and help other people with similar injuries.
UPS & DOWNS
Around that same time, the manufacturer of Nick’s parachute finally released a service bulletin admitting errors in the construction of the canopy he was flying when the accident happened.
A new car, long awaited engagement, and acknowledgement of Nick’s faulty parachute were all huge highs at the end of a shitty year. But soon after, reality hit again, and we discovered that Nick is shorter than some midgets.
He works extremely hard at his therapy appointments. After nine months, and a few minor adjustments to his prosthetics, Nick finally stood up straight without holding onto anything and could walk with just his hand crutches.