Sunrise

I took this picture a few weeks ago during my Easter morning ride. Thinking about this picture I realized that the one of the first places to experience the sun’s light in Sioux Falls is the Federal Penitentiary. The people in this prison are the first one’s to experience the sun’s light and warmth everyday. My faith background celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on Easter and because of this we are set free from our sins and can experience Jesus love in our lives everyday. I thought about my dad during this ride and how the message of Christ was the most important thing in his life. I know he went in to prisons to share with people and at one time he lived/worked at the Sioux Falls Union Gospel Mission to share the message through his words and actions. My hope for all of us is that we take advantage of each day we get to experience the sunrise.

Friday Fundraising

Fundraising is a component of the Death Ride Tour. Each participant is required to raise at least $300 for ALS-TDI. Click here for info about the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Please click here for my personal donation page. I have 307 Instagram followers and 323 friends on Facebook. I know some of my connections are duplicates, but if each of them gave $1 I would hit the minimum goal. Thank you for considering a donation.

Here is the background of why I am riding and raising money.

My dad’s story – The year is 2016 and my dad moved to Sioux Falls, SD to be closer to family and retire. He was planning a full retirement with relatives, odd jobs and most importantly riding his bike. During that year the unthinkable happened and he was diagnosed with ALS. Obviously many of the things he was looking forward to did not happen. My dad passed away last November from complications related to ALS.

My story – Many memories of my dad growing up involve bicycles. He fixed up my first two wheeler that I learned to ride on, took me shopping for my first mountain bike and was always active on his bike from triathlons to local rides with friends. One of my favorite cycling memories is participating in the Seattle to Portland ride with my dad and my sister. Riding 200 miles together over two days is something we will never forget.

I raising money for the future of ALS research and hopefully a cure.

More about eCARE

I have been at my new job for a week. I have learned so much and am excited to learn more. I have meetings to attend, software to learn and met many new people. Here are some links to help understand more about what I am doing.

Click on each link to find out more about each service line I will be responsible for as an account executive.

Behavioral

Emergency

Hospitalist

Pharmacy

Last year was Avera eCARE’s 25th anniversary. Click here for an article in the local paper sharing more about telehealth and eCARE’s history.

Gourmet Club

A few years ago a friend asked Nichole and me if we wanted to join a Gourmet Club. We said yes and it has turned into one of our favorite activities.

Charcuterie plate

There are six couples in the club that get together about every other month to enjoy food and drink together. The host couple picks a theme and is responsible for the main course and drinks. That couple then distributes recipes for appetizers, sides and desserts to the others. We have dined on meat jello, baked Alaska, celery root, leeks, savory soups, many different meats, delicious desserts and foods from all around the world. The drinks have been fantastic also. It does not hurt that one of the members is an award-winning brewmeister.

Mashed potatoes with butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkin seeds and brussel sprout leaves

Obviously there has been lots of delicious food over these past few years but the thing that has surprised me the most is the relationships that have been discovered. One rule of Gourmet Club is no kids. This has given the club the chance to hang out as adults without distraction and many of us have shared that the laughter and conversation we share is a highlight. Shortly after my dad’s passing I was surprised to receive a card in the mail with some movie tickets for the family. The card and tickets came from the Gourmet Club. Nichole and I were shocked to receive this but then realized that this group of people has become our friends and the connection we have is much deeper than we expected.

Raspberry chocolate port cake

Gourmet Club has given me the chance to eat delicious, gourmet food but also have great relationships. If you have a chance to comment this weekend, let me know if there is something in your life that took a positive turn you were not expecting?

New Job!

Avera eCARE Account Executive – sounds fancy! As an eCARE Account Executive I will manage the clinical and business needs of Avera’s critical access hospital partners.

As an account executive I will be the main conduit for anything related to eCARE and our partners with responsibility for the specific service lines of Emergency, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy and Hospitalist. I found out last week my regions will be Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

Avera eCARE recently celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in the telemedicine industry. Here is a brief introduction – click here for more info.

What does Avera eCARE do?

We support your clinicians with a telemedicine team of experts, ready 24/7/365 to assist in care delivery. We help you bring advanced medicine to your community so you can treat more patients in place.

Avera eCARE’s unique model brings services and providers together under one roof, just as if they were in a typical hospital building. The only difference is that we interact with you through advanced communication and video technologies.

How do you benefit?

You’ll deliver better care—and deliver it faster—while improving safety and avoiding unnecessary transfers. In addition, you’re able to provide a better experience for your patients and your providers by giving them access to a network of specialists, who all work for you.

I’m excited for this new opportunity on both a personal and professional level!

Avera Careflight

911MK – Careflight helicopter

Last night was my last shift as an Avera Careflight paramedic. Over the past 3.5 and a half years my job has brought me all over the United States and allowed me to gain experience in so many different ways. I have had the opportunity to be a part of the miracle of birth and the tragedy of death. I have had moments of ecstasy and times I have questioned if the job was really worth it. I have strengthened old friendships and found new ones. I have learned about a wide variety of topics, from aircrafts to x-rays!

Certified Flight Paramedic

My Careflight mission statement reads: I desire to be a medic who is compassionate and competent, making a difference in the lives of my patients, patients’ families and coworkers.

I hope I was able to make a difference during my time as a flight medic. As the sun sets on this part of my journey, I know I will never be the same because of my time with Careflight.

Sun setting over the Avera Careflight Sioux Falls helicopter hangar

Come back Monday to learn all about my new job!

Nuun

You may already be aware of this news if you follow me on social media. I have been chosen to be on Team Nuun for 2019. As a part of Team Nuun I will be an ambassador for the family of Nuun products. I have been using the electrolyte tablets for about two years now and am obviously a fan.

Nuun is healthy hydration – our electrolyte enhanced drink tab is gluten free, dairy + soy free, safe for clean sport, and made from plant based ingredients (click here for more info)

New Year

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new year and the first year of my life without my dad. He was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2016 and died peacefully at home this past November. It has been an interesting time as I deal with my father’s death and the impact he had on my life. The sadness peaks through when I’m not expecting it. I was in his garage and looking at his tools realized they would never be used by my him again. Yesterday I took part in the Spoke-n-Sport New Year’s Day Ride and thought of him through out the ride as riding his bike was something important to him and something we had planned on doing together during his retirement in Sioux Falls. I’m planning on tackling the biggest ride of my life to honor dad this summer.