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« : May 22, 2011, 05:52:53 pm »

Well as some of you experienced and some may have heard we had a rider down at Gordanland.  Our friends the Batchelders came out for the weekend and their middle boy Collin (14) went riding with us.  He was struggling a little and his father Thom decided their best choice was to go back to camp.  On the way to camp Thom was setting the pace when Collin, on a 650L, went blasting by him.  Thom said he could see it coming and tried to catch up to Collin to slow him down.  Across the road there were numberous rain ruts nad washouts.  Thom guessed Collins speed was about 65 to 70 mph.  Collin stuffed his front tire into a 10" face of a rainrut.  He went over the bars, and the bike went up in the air about 20', all with his father Thom watching.  While we were wrapping up the group ride, Josh Jenkins saw Thom waving and went over to discover the rider down.  Jason Schalow showed some of his Ammie speed (yes he needs a yellow bar) and booked it to camp and called 911, and later led the ambulance into the scene.  The rest of the group went to Collins aid.  I went to camp to get my EMT kit, and James Jenkins was maintaining C-Spine precautions on Collin.  The rest of the group was assisting in keeping Collin and Thom calm.  Vince showed up about the same time I did, and we were going to splint his arms (obvious fractures to wrists) but with his complaint of rib pain an brathing problems we were not going to move him without a backboard.  Russ Jenkins came with his truck and loaded both of their bikes, and the medics showed a short time later.  I know I missed some names in the story, and I apologize for not rememering who did what.

Collin was transported to Ridgecrest Regional, and later flown to Loma Linda.  As of 1730 hours 5/22 Collins status is as follows:  he had a puntured lung, with that lobe of the lung being 85% bruised, both wrists were fractured and dislocated, and he had fractures of T1 & T2 (both insignificant and will not cause any swelling to be concerened with).  He is staying at Loma Linda until Tuesday when he is projected to be released (the main concern is his lung and if he contracted pneumonia it would be serious).

So, with that I cannot thank my Viewie family for all that they did this weekend, you are all awesome.  The Batchelders are very close to Nikki and I and you all took such great care of them, and their boys that stayed with us.  The gratitude Nikki & I have cannot be expressed in words, you all made them a part of OUR family without question or hesitation.  I am very happy to be a Viewfinder, and there are no better people to be with.

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Rick & Nikki Hudachek

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« #1 : May 22, 2011, 07:12:58 pm »

Keep us updated. Was bummed to hear the news when we came back from Mohave. Keith
ps Yo Hudy, Did you leave a white cutting board and stainless steel knife and tongs behind? Thanks for the early Christmas present. They beat my Dollar Store set !!!  Tara desperately wants to clean the cutting board ;D
Get well soon Collin.
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« #2 : May 22, 2011, 07:16:51 pm »

Thanks for the update Rick, I was going to ask how he was doing.

It was nice to meet them and I think they would be a good fit for the Viewie family. Collins was saying that he never wanted to ride again but hopefully in time he will change his mind. I know he was in a lot of pain and I can only imagine what it was like for Thom to see it happen and see him laying there like he was. It is going to be a tough recovery for him so I hope for the best for him. Please tell them we are all thinking about him and are hoping for a quick and uncomplicated recovery.

I won't say to much here public-ally but this was a good reminder of the difference in medical treatment between an organized event with people standing by and getting hurt out play riding. All I will say is it is a good thing he wasn't hurt any worse than he was.

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« #3 : May 22, 2011, 09:03:52 pm »

Keep us updated. Was bummed to hear the news when we came back from Mohave. Keith
ps Yo Hudy, Did you leave a white cutting board and stainless steel knife and tongs behind? Thanks for the early Christmas present. They beat my Dollar Store set !!!  Tara desperately wants to clean the cutting board ;D
Get well soon Collin.

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« #4 : May 22, 2011, 09:35:57 pm »

Hoping things get better with Collin, sucks to get hurt on a play day weekend.

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« #5 : May 23, 2011, 07:47:42 pm »

The Batchelders are good people.Hope he heals up quikly.
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« #6 : May 23, 2011, 09:12:48 pm »

Any word on how he is doing ??

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« #7 : May 24, 2011, 12:37:31 am »

He is doing better.  No surguries required for his wrists or the lung.  Hopefully he will be realased Wed. He is up walking around and they got him off the IV meds and onto oral medication.  He has strained tendons in his neck and has to wear a C- collar for another 5 days.  We are making arrangements to go pick up Thoms trailer in Ridgecrest for him.

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« #8 : May 24, 2011, 07:27:35 am »

No surgeries is GREAT news!!! Heal up Collin!!
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« #9 : May 24, 2011, 10:12:53 am »

Sounds like his recovery is going well.

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« #10 : May 24, 2011, 03:27:56 pm »

Colin I hope you feel better soon all the Viewe's are behind you.

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