Sultan Of Setbacks Can’t Get A Break In Life

By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

BLACKSBURG, Va. — First baseman Nick Holesa of Virginia Tech has suffered more injuries and setbacks than possibly any college baseball player in history.

It all began in 2014 when he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Two years later, he had labrum surgery on his right shoulder.

Then in 2019, he had Tommy John surgery AGAIN on his right elbow.

In 2020, Holesa suffered through labrum surgery to his right hip.

Then in 2021, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which came out of nowhere.

GBS is a rare, autoimmune disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

He was in the Intensive Care Unit in a hospital for five days and not able to walk on his own as parts of his body went numb.

He ultimately lost 45 pounds when he came down with COVID-19 in 2021 when the Delta variant surged which caused him to lose his ability to taste and smell. His taste ultimately changed so he couldn’t eat many items, including chocolate and soda. He would gag even trying to eat a cracker and had no appetite.

In addition, it was difficult to eat because he couldn’t feel the inside of his mouth or tongue because of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Even a year later, Holesa suffers from the lingering effects of long term COVID-19. Many of the foods he had cravings for in the past he won’t touch now because they taste horrible.

He doesn’t know if his taste senses will ever be normal again. The only two dishes that taste somewhat normal are spaghetti and chicken.

Yet, he never gave up and recovered from all of his injuries and Guillain-Barre Syndrome over time.

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