Event aims to help 1998 Steamboat grad with brain injury
September 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs — As Becca Gray and Blair Bathke sat Friday, they could breathe a little easier knowing Lindsay Labaree Bathke was making progress.
Lindsay Bathke was finally out of intensive care, she was finally home, and she made it in time for her son Blair's first birthday this week.
But those breaths weren't back to normal yet. Lindsay Bathke still has a long way to go. The 1998 Steamboat Springs High School graduate is recovering from a swollen blood vessel the size of a golf ball in her brain.
Family members initially thought her symptoms pointed to depression, but Lindsay Bathke's condition worsened. When she couldn't make it to the bathroom by herself earlier in the summer, she was flown from Durango to Denver.
She spent six weeks in the hospital, most of the time in intensive care.
Now, her close friend Gray and brother, Blair Bathke, are doing what they can to offset the medical costs. The two will put on a Laps for Lindsay fundraiser Sept. 19 at Old Town Hot Springs. The event runs from noon to 5:30 p.m.
The event asks participants to get pledges for swimming laps. Donations will be accepted and there will be food, prizes, volleyball, water polo and children's activities.
"She's improved drastically, but it's unknown what abilities she'll get back," Blair Bathke said. "We're all hoping for a full recovery, but only time will tell."
Lindsay Bathke, who is the aquatic director for the Durango City Pool, has been out of work because of the condition. It has taken its toll on her husband, Mehdi, and the couple's two children, Jackson, 3, and Blair, 1.
After spending time in the intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Lindsay Bathke was transferred to a rehab facility in Farmington, N.M. She now is home recovering, but she still has trouble with her short-term memory.
"We swam together, and she was always like a big sister," Gray said. "I was shocked at her state."
Anyone interested in donating or doing the lap swim can pick up a donation sheet at Old Town Hot Springs or get in touch with Gray by e-mailing her at email@example.com or by calling 970-819-6763.
"It's weird emotions of being happy and sad," said Blair Bathke, who just moved back to Colorado from Southern California to be closer to his sister. "I'm happy she's alive but sad all this has happened. But it's brought a lot of positive things. It's brought me closer to her as a brother and closer together as a family."