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Chase’s Story

 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!  

Latest Journal Update

Race Day!

As long as I have known Lisa, the Indy 500 has been a special race.  With her brother Paul driving truck and working on a pit crew for one of the teams, the love and appreciation for the race came with the marriage.  It was two years ago today, that it became even more personal.  Just weeks after Chases accident, to be displayed in front of 250,000 people live, and millions watching on TV, race car driver JR. Hildebrand put a "Go Chaser" sticker on his car for this race to show his support. One of the countless times the Big Guy has made it clear he's running the pace car.   Well, a lot has changed since that May afternoon 2 years ago.  Paul has moved on to another racing program, JR has changed racing teams, and Chase has made a TON of progress!  Along the 200 laps of the Indy 500, there are many crashes, malfunctions and miscalculations; but the teams keep pushing on bettering themselves for the next race.  Well, Chasers journey to recovery is similar in many ways.  We know we got a lot of laps ahead of us, but as long as we are moving forward to the finish line, we never gonna stop!  And for those of you that have been with us and encouraging us along, Thank you! Chase has had good week.  We are still struggling a little to control his vomiting. Hopefully his follow-up with the GI Dr. on Wednesday will shed some light.  We are going to discuss the stomach capasity test.  He has also been experiencing some "startled" moments, where he will get completely stiff, breathing increases, and his eyes go straight up. I have requested that we do an EEG test on Wednesday, just to rule out seizures.  Lets hope it is just an over reaction.  He doesn't appear to be in any discomfort, and 8-12 seconds after it begins, it stops as quick as it started.  I don't see any reason to get worried about it until the doctors give me one.  As little as they seem to know about the brain, this could be part of the healing process.  Chase has been getting plenty of exercise and therapy this last week.  With the nice weather, we have been able to push him on the trike every day.  We all managed to make it on the lake Friday night and Chaser seemed right at home back in his front row seat on the pontoon.  I want to throw out props for the families of those severing in the military and to those of soldiers that have fallen, and given it all so I can sit safely in my living room and type this.  Thank you!  

Go JR!!

God is Good!