June 1, 2023

Update on Chris Klicka

Received from Teaching the Trivium
Today at 9:33am

Dear friends,

Thank you for keeping Chris and our family in you prayers. We got through last night relatively well by God’s grace.

Quick update on Chris:

1. Vital signs are and have been stable for over 12 hours now. We are esp. thankful his blood pressure is up. It was critically low. His temperature which was at a life-threatening 85.8 got up to 96.6, which, while not life threatening, is completely debilitating for someone like Chris with MS. It was around 91 when we left last night which is much better for him.

2. Chris has two infections, both of which, combined with the MS, have put him into a status of critically ill. First, is a urinary tract infection. This has responded well as of last night to antibiotics. Thank the Lord! Two, he has pneumonia. While it is not a severe case for normal healthy people, it is very serious for Chris.

3. He had to be on oxygen 20% midday, but as the afternoon progressed, they continued to up that to 100% and finally had to resort to using a bipap machine, which is a mask that forms a seal on the nose/mouth area and pumps oxygen into the lungs. By last night, his oxygen levels had come up, and held steady so that they could remove the bipap machine.

He came very close to having to be put on a ventilator if the bipap machine failed to get his oxygen levels up. This is a serious step to take, and not one to make lightly. We are thankful the doctors did not have to do that.

Concerning interventive measures, Chris and I talked quite a bit in the last two months about what he would like to have done and what he would not want done should the need arise to visit this issue. Chris, who was never one to want a lot of medical intervention, decided that he did not want to be artificially prolonged.

If the doctors had told us they needed to put him on a ventilator, even though Chris said he did not want to, I would have asked them to do it, but only so that our children could be with their daddy before he goes home to be with the Lord.

Chris is close to going home we believe. He is fairly unconscious, non-responsive and has had no nutrition since Thursday except hydration and electrolyte and glucose supplementation.

He is not stable or responsive enough to move from the ICU unit here at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. With almost complete certainty, he will not be coming home to Virginia.

Because of this, we flew Bethany, Megan, and John out here to be with their daddy. Chris parents just flew in early this morning. In addition, our family life pastor is flying in today at noon.

We don’t know how much time we have left with Chris, but we believe it is not long. As a family, we all knew that Daddy was getting worse; we just didn’t expect him to be getting ready to go home to be with his Abba Father quite this soon. We are all at peace with whatever God has planned, knowing that because He is there, it is all good.

Thank you for your prayers as we prepare and spend our last days and hours with Chris. May they be filled with many precious moments and sweet fellowship with him!

To follow Chris’ progress, visit his Caring Bridge site here

Chris Klicka

Chris Klicka author of  Home Schooling in the United States: A Legal Analysis published by HSLDA and updated each year since 1985 and Home Schooling – The Right Choice and other books and publications.

Chris Klicka, former senior counsel of HSLDA and attorney for Illinois, has been admitted to a hospital in Colorado Springs. Chris was in Colorado at the national Leadership HSLDA conference.  Chris has struggled with MS for years, yet has faithfully served the Lord and the homeschooling community. It does not look good for Chris. He is in critical condition.

Please pray that his body would respond. And pray for peace for his dear wife Tracy and family. And pray for wisdom for the doctors treating him.  Chris has always had a burden for the lost, sharing Jesus with all who will listen. Please pray that even now the Lord would use this to regenerate the lost.

We talked with Chris  at the 2005 national Leadership HSLDA Conference. He really wanted to come out to New Zealand and Australia to encourage and challenge Home Educators over here. But the leadership of the HSLDA said it would be too hard on Chris’s health. We agreed with them. Chris has a burden for Home Educators around the world and has had an influence in Home Educators lives all around the world. Please pray for him and for his family who are gathering around his hospital bed.