Alta teen works hard in recovering from severe brain trauma sustained in an a July automobile accident.
Nick Goodman is taking one step at a time and is amazing his family and his therapists with his motivation to learn all over again the things that are all too often taken for granted in everyday life.
Nick is the son of Bonnie Goodman, and was seriously injured in a car accident that took the life of Ricky Stevens and left two others seriously injured. Nick was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with several broken bones and severe brain trauma.
Since doctors and emergency medical trainers didn't expect Nick to make it through the night, Bonnie said she's grateful to see that he's learning how to walk and can now talk again after the accident.
It took Nick three weeks to say his first words and Bonnie said it's funny how the therapists have taught him how to do the things that he once knew how to do.
"They would put flavored lipstick on his lips to teach him how to use his tongue and they had to teach him how to use air to get the words out," Bonnie said. "He's learning things all over again and is doing very well. It's been three months, but it sometimes feels like forever."
Nick is currently working with the speech therapist on learning how to control the pitch of his voice when he speaks and how to open his mouth when he talks.
"He's talking much better and has learned how to really express himself," Bonnie said.
Last Thursday, Nov. 2, Nick was moved to On with Life in Ankeny, where he is currently going through some intense therapy. On with Life is a 22-bed facility that provides intense therapy training for those who are going through rehabilitation.
"He's a fighter and he needed more intense training so we had to move him to On with Life," Bonnie said. "It's hard for me because I can't go see him every night, but he calls every day and seems to be doing very well. I visit him as much as I can."
Nick has a full schedule every day as he goes through physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Nick said the physical therapy is the hardest because he has to do so much physical work and said it's sometimes hard to stay motivated.
Read the rest of this article in the 11/09 Pilot Tribune.