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!
Not to be outdone by his brother and sisters single visits to the ER, Chaser decided to one-up them and make another one today. It started about 2am this morning. He woke us up coughing and struggling to breath. Lisa checked his temp and it was 102.5. She managed to calm and comfort him until the sun came up. She called his Ped Dr. and got in first thing this morning. When they got there, his O2 level was at 84 and fever still high. After checking him out, his Dr told Lisa they were going to send him to Childrens ER. They gave him a couple of Nebs, and managed to get his breathing clear and back into the 90's. (normally healthy breathing is upper 90's %-100%)- so she could drive him there rather than via ambulance. I left work and met them there. What a change from Sunday night when we had walked in, took one look around and wanted to get out of there. This time we knew we needed to be there, and it was if the Big Guy laid out the red carpet for us. Getting in immediately, and after the checking in, taking a few xrays and getting him on an iv, they admitted us to the hospital and gave us a room. But this time it wasn't the dingy, old, smaller-than-my-ice house room we got when we flew him back from Florida right after the accident...Brand new, clean, fit more than 3 people room! (nice TV, Xbox, fridge and our own bathroom) -but it gets better....once in the room, the staff came in to get him settled. It was the some of our favorite staff that took care of us over a year and half ago- Huge smiles...."Hi Chase!" and one of them was even wearing Captian America scrubs! It turns out Chaser has a slight case of pneumonia. He is on Oxygen now, getting a steriod and we have decided not to feed him until tomorrow- strickly IV fluids for tonight. His breathing is not good and his tone is really stiff. Although he still looks pretty good and fairly alert- his constant crying is telling us he has a little fight ahead of him- which he WILL come out on top. The way I see it, last time we were here, he was battling storms, terrible tone, and we didn't know if he would ever leave. This time around, he has some of the best medical staff, at one of the best facilities, and has the BEST Mom on the Planet by his side! Knowing he was in good hands, I came home to watch the Sioux take it to the Huskies in hockey tonight on TV. As I was walking out, one of the staff members nicely said, "I wish you guys luck with everything"- I smiled and told her, "thank you, but Chaser doesn't need luck with God on his side!" I will keep you updated as to when we are on our way home. Enjoy the weekend. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!