After editing with nano you cannot save what you modified because the .bash_profile is currently owned by the root. I assume, you are the owner of the computer, you have the root authority (if not then we cannot help.) What distro are you operating in? You should have given that detail first so that your friends here can easily help you.
Assuming you are running an ubuntu, you can do this right there in the /home/rickyspires folder:
rickyspires@host~$ sudo chown $USER:$GID .bash_profile
(( You can then enter your own password when asked ))
Followed by this:
rickyspires@host~$ sudo chmod 770 .bash_profile
If you are not running a sudo distro you may first obtain root authority by
rickyspires@host~$ su root
(( enter the "root" password not your rickyspires password ))
Then you can proceed to alter the ownership and permission by issuing above commands without prefixing them with sudo.
You can now edit and save your changes of the file.
Hope that helps and goodluck.