Joe Reichert needs your help:
He's always been there for us,
now it’s our turn to be there for him.
Keep Rollin’, Joe
Joe Reichert is a bicycle hero, mentor, and so much more.
Joe found his love for tinkering as a child while fiddling around in the basement workroom making all sorts of interesting projects with his father. He pursued an engineering degree at the University of Illinois.
In 1999, he left the security of a corporate job to follow his dream of growing a bicycle shop. He took over Amling’s Cycle Shop in Niles, Illinois and began focusing on the emerging market of recumbent bicycles and tricycles. Recumbents allow riders with all manner of aches and pains and disabilities to get back out on the road and active again.
Unfortunately, Joe suffered a brain bleed in mid-November
Joe has helped countless people improve their health and wellbeing with his comprehensive knowledge, charming personality, and excellent customer service skills. He also instituted the Amlings Holiday Toy Ride that takes place every December and delivers toys to children in need by bicycle.
Unfortunately, Joe suffered a brain bleed in mid-November 2015 and has been in the hospital ever since. He was fortunate to survive, but the recovery will be very long and very difficult.
Joe is in one of the best facilities in the country to deal with this sort of ailment, but his recovery is going to be very expensive. As is the case with many small business owners, Joe wasn’t 100% financially prepared for such a catastrophe.
because Joe is always there for us and others when needed. Now it’s our turn to be there for him with as much support, prayers, and love as possible. Joe has touched the lives of so many people. Now we are asking everyone who knows and cares for Joe to give as little or as much as you have to give.
You can donate via PayPal below. These funds will be given directly to Joe.
Messages from Joe's partner, Julie
Let me start with a few apologies.
I apologize if you are first now learning that Joe had a brain bleed the morning of November 10th.
Let me try to catch you up.
He called 911 himself at 6 AM. He was taken to the hospital. They ran multiple tests on Joe. He had a great deal of blood on the brain which has rendered most of the tests as inconclusive. They drilled a hole in his head and inserted a drain to try to drain off some of the blood and relieve some of the pressure in his brain. At that time, he was in Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and not allowed any visitors other than immediate family.
A few statistics that the hospital shared with us, that help put all of this in perspective. They said; (and if you Google this you will get various percentages) 33 % of all people that have an aneurysm die before they get to the hospital. The next 33% die within the first 48 hours in the hospital. Of the surviving 34%, 31% will have some brain damage. And the remaining 3% will recover completely. Well, we are all praying he is going to be in the 3%.
The hospital has told us that this is not a sprint, but will be more like a marathon. Joe has been transferred to the neurological floor for a while. After that, he will likely need rehabilitation therapy.
I am sorry if you think I have shared too much or too little. I'm just trying to tell it the way it is.
Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, and positive comments. I always knew Joe had the best friends in the world.
Joe had another good night last night.
They took him off the ventilator around 8:30 this morning. As of right now, he is still off the ventilator, breathing on his own. Blood oxygen level is holding. YIPPEEEE! He is still coughing stuff up, which is a good thing. They did try suctioning his lungs out again today, but they didn't get anything, so we think there isn't much left in there. The longest Joe has been off the ventilator continuously was about 2 hours, so this is a really big deal.
They are keeping Joe's blood pressure a little higher today, as they still want to keep the vasospasms low. And they are low again.
Joe will have the tracheotomy tube for a while still. Currently, he is at a size 8. They will start reducing the size of the tube a little at a time, making sure Joe can tolerate it. So it will be a little while before Joe can really talk.
But he did whisper the word "water," to me. He was not a happy camper when I told him we could not give him any. He made his 'I am frustrated' face.
I was holding Joe's hand, when he pulled me close to him, and whispered, "I love you," then he gave me a kiss. Yes, I am one little happy camper tonight.
Thank you again for your prayers, we still have a long way to go, but we are getting there!
When I arrived this morning, the ventilator was gone. Joe made it 24 hours straight without it, so they removed it.
Today he told Sara that he wants to go home. He is frustrated when we tell him, he can not, and for right now he is in the best place for his condition. He doesn't like our answers too much. We told him there is nothing we would like more, then for him to be able to be at home, so his Leana (the dog), could snuggle with him. He then put on a really big smile.
Joe is a smart guy. So he has figured out he really can't speak too well with that tracheotomy, but he has remembered some of the sign language he learned a while back. So he has started using some of the sign language. So the next few days might be real interesting.
More about the tracheotomy. He will have it for a little while still. They will need to reduce the size slowly day by day to see if Joe can tolerate it. And when it gets almost all the way there, then they will cap it, just to make sure Joe can tolerate that before they will completely remove it. So this will all depend on Joe.
Joe is still coughing up junk from his lungs. And yes, this is a good thing. Just hoping he has most of it out now. It is hard to watch him cough, and not be able to do anything for him.
I did get another kiss today, but then the nurse told me Joe has been blowing her kisses.
The best news for today, as if this hasn't already been enough good news. If the vasospasm in his brain remains low, they will move Joe out of ICU. We think this move will be coming within the next few days if all goes well. If he does get to move, then he will be allowed visitors.
I think all this prayer stuff is working, so please keep it up.