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[*] posted on 2-9-2020 at 06:10 PM
Member Cheddarhead in our thoughts and prayers


Just wanted to post a note about one of our PKF family Cheddarhead aka Robert Bocik from Wisconsin. Here is a note Rob's wife Vicky posted a few days ago - I know we are all rooting for Rob to recover from this:

Dear family and friends, I'm sorry that we did not let you know what was going on earlier with Rob but we decided to wait until we made it through this critical phase to share this with all of you.

On Wednesday January 22nd Rob was doing what he loves, kite skiing on Shawano Lake. While there he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke caused by a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. He had stopped his kite and thank God two fishermen stopped to check on him after noticing that he hadn't gone anywhere in a while.

Rob was transferred to St. Vincent's where he underwent emergency brain surgery. Two drain tubes were inserted to relieve pressure and remove blood from his brain cavity. We were also told that he had no movement of his right arm or leg and had not spoken since he was found. The next day we were told that he has an abnormality in his blood vessels that he has probably always had that caused this. He will have to have surgery in the near future to try to correct the problem so this doesn't happen again. We were also told that it could have happened at any time without warning and there was nothing we could have done to prevent it.

After 5 days they were able to lower sedation and remove him from the ventilator. Exactly two weeks later and many baby steps the drain tubes have been removed and he is no longer considered critical. He still has no mobility of the arm or leg or speech but has therapy every day and has been working really hard. Rob is very alert when you talk to him giving us lots of smiles and laughs.

He has a long road ahead of him but he is a strong young guy and with all of our help and prayers he is improving every day. I will post updates here as we progress since Rob is loved by so many people I just can't respond to everyone individually so this will be easier and give me more time to concentrate on helping Rob get through this.

Thanks, Vicky




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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 06:26 AM


Very sorry to hear about the injury. I'll put this kiter on my nightly prayer list.




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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 07:19 AM


Wow... :( very sad news. Will definitely pray for him and his family...



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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 07:23 AM


This is so incredibly sad to hear about. My most sincere best wishes to Rob and his entire family. While I've never had the privilege of meeting him in person we have interacted repeatedly over the years and bought equipment from each other and had some nice laughs. :(



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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 07:36 AM


I'm very sorry to hear about that. Though I've only known Robert through his forum presence, long time members seem like distant relatives and family. He and his family will be in my prayers and I look forward to his return to health and this community.



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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 12:47 PM


So sorry to here this.

As you said, Robert is young and that is on His side. Big Hope's for a speedy recovery.

Thanks Mark for sharing.






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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 12:58 PM


This is part of the message Robert's wife Vicky posted on his Facebook page - there is a link to sign up to sort of journal where she will update info on his recovery path:

For information & updates on Rob I have started a caringbridge site to make it easier to keep you informed on his progress & what's going onhttps://www.caringbridge.org/visit/robbocik

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I'll try sending Vicky a message to let her know I have copied the info she posted on Rob here on PKF - I hope she'll be able to show Rob the messages of support at some point




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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 01:04 PM


Prayers for you both Rob and Vicky
Hoping for a speedy recovery




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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 01:38 PM


Sorry to hear about this. Hoping for a quick and full recovery. BTW - the caringbridge page is a nice way to keep up on a person's progress.



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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 05:41 PM


Very sad to hear this news.

Prayers for a full recovery and for strength are on the way.

Get better Rob






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[*] posted on 2-11-2020 at 07:23 AM


Sorry to hear of this Rob. I guess it could happen to anyone of us. Best wishes to you and we're all hoping for the best, a full speedy recovery.
Let's get you back out there. :thumbup:
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[*] posted on 2-11-2020 at 08:34 AM


I wish for a speedy recovery for you and your family. You are part of our clan and we want you back and whole again. "Keep yer stick on the ice"



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[*] posted on 2-11-2020 at 01:07 PM


The latest update Vicky posted:

Had a very demanding first day but made great progress..moved his arm, sat up on his own, stood up, walked the length of a 50ft hall with help, chased me around the room in a wheelchair & after all that decided he wanted to pull himself up & sit up in bed !




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[*] posted on 2-11-2020 at 01:23 PM


Very sorry to hear. But happy to hear recovery is moving along!




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[*] posted on 2-12-2020 at 07:06 AM


Take care my brother
You and your family are in my prayers
So glad to hear your good progress!
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[*] posted on 2-12-2020 at 08:39 AM


I'm glad to hear that such good progress is being made. It's scary when stuff happens that you can't control. Kite on Robert!



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[*] posted on 2-14-2020 at 12:16 AM


latest update from Vicky's journal:

Rob is definitely not the singer in our family, but hearing him sing Happy Birthday was certainly music to my ears after not hearing him speak in over 3 weeks !!! He also counted to 10 & said "my name is Rob" . It wasn't perfect but he did remarkably well for his first day talking again. He also did great in o.t. putting his socks & shoes on both feet & getting his tshirt on with a little help getting his right hand in. Physical therapy showed more muscle movement in his right leg & he's been working really hard trying to get his right leg to walk again. Overall it was a GREAT day.




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[*] posted on 2-14-2020 at 09:10 AM


Awesome news!




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[*] posted on 2-14-2020 at 09:40 AM


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[*] posted on 2-18-2020 at 07:15 PM


Vicky has continued regular updates on the caring bridge link, I haven't copied everything but here is the latest from today:

February 18, 2020
Journal entry by Vicky Bocik

Rob had a couple of firsts today that we all take for granted but made his day... first real shower in a month and got to sit in a recliner instead of a wheel chair or being in bed. Therapy sessions continue to go good. He was able to put enough pressure on his right leg & bend it while walking that he held onto parallel bars & was able to walk with minimal assistance. They also switched from using a Walker on his left side to a cane & that went pretty well. Speech therapy also went pretty good working on object recognition & we know he is able to read because he tried saying words that were written down. We had a meeting with his dr. & therapists and they are all very happy with the progress he's made in such a short time.




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[*] posted on 2-18-2020 at 09:09 PM


Thanks for the update. Improving day by day by the sounds of it. Hoping for nothing short of a full recovery, asap.
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[*] posted on 2-19-2020 at 07:35 AM


Glad to hear of the progress he is making. Scary and sad to see how quickly one's life can be turned totally upside down. Makes me think that I take so much for granted when time is fleeting.



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[*] posted on 2-19-2020 at 09:45 AM


Glad to hear he is making progress. Such a friendly and amazing guy, sorry to hear it happened!



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