On March 30, 2013 - Chase suffered an anoxic brain injury caused by a near drowning accident in a pool while on vacation .He was without oxygen, non-responsive and no heartbeat for several minutes. It is a Miracle that he is here with us today. Thanks to some truly selfless, quick reactions from strangers poolside, a vast number of incredible medical professionals, and the Lords hands -he has been given a second chance at life.
We spent 11days at Arnold Palmer Children’s in Florida, - once stabilized, we cameback to MN- where we stayed at Gillette's Children's Hospital in St.Paul. Here he spent 3 months working vigorously in therapy, and improving his health. Overcoming almost impossible odds, he was given the clearance to head home and continue his recovery in the company of his siblings - (Ava 8yrs old, Tanner 10yrs old) and his puppy Carly. He no doubt has a long and difficult recovery process ahead of him, which we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to guide him through. Chaser is a strong willed little 5 year old who has what it takes to get there! We would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support, and look forward to updating you along his journey to a complete recovery! God is Good!
Chaser started Hippo Therapy today, and he did Great! Lisa said it was soo cool to watch. They started him on his back, and he made it clear that he wasn't impressed and began crying as loud as he could. After a few position trials, it turned out that on his stomach was the most relaxing for him. While Lisa stood on the sidelines next to horses soaking up the pleasent natural aroma behind the cones and cheering him on, Chaser and the 4 therapists did laps in the barn. He is signed up to do this once a week for a few months and we are excited for him. It sure is Awesome to see my little dude ride a horse! Who would have thought................Other than the two 1 inch scars on his neck (that should vanish almost completely with time) he has fully healed from his surgery. The secretions have definelty diminished, although not to the level that we were told to expect, they are much better. The suctioning has lessened, and the drooling has all but completely vanished. The casts have proven to be more of a challange that we had anticipated. On Friday morning Lisa went to get him out of bed, and heard a poping noise. Each time she moved his left leg, it continued. As soon as she brought him downstairs to start his morning ritual of vesting, knebbing, and feeding, he began moaning. The moaning only intensified as the morning went on and by noon we were on our way down to Mayo figuring his hip had come out of its socket. Once there, they examined him and wheeled him down for xrays. After 3 of the doctors studied the xrays, it was determined that it had gone back on its own. With green light to go home and just give him tylenol to help comfort him, we made it home in time to watch the Sioux Hockey Team put Quinn in their place! Then beating St. Cloud, they solidified their spot in the Frozen Four- Go Sioux! All of these obsticles the we have faced seem to work themselves out, but the one that continues to baffle us and the experts is the vomiting. We will go a day or two with nothing, and then there seems to be a stomach emptying erruption, as the one I just heard upstairs while writing this. We have gone back to Kids Essential 1.5 in between real food feedings to see if that will change it. So far there is not much difference. Lisa came home from Dr. Christines with a bone broth recipe yesterday that has had some positive results in helping repair digestive systems in other patients. Man, you want to talk about comical?! I wish i could have video taped our feild trip to Whole Foods the other night, and me asking the butcher for "meat bones". He said he was sold out, and went on to give us a demo of how to boil these nasty looking chicken carcasses- and of course, I was deligated the one to clean them once cooked. :) Oh well, we will figure it out. We know with the Big Guy on our team and opening the doors for us, we've got the strongest power behind us we could have- What else could you ask for!