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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

Without a Shadow of a Doubt!

Sometimes you have to look backwards to see the forward progress.  Lisa and I and I have struggled this last week to keep our head up and stay away from the doubtful thoughts.  I spent the other night looking back on the journals we had posted just to see how far Chaser has come.   While I read about, and watched the videos of the numerous hurdles he pounced over, the enormous odds he has overcome - not only did I see his amazing progress, I felt the same intense exciting emotions as if it were happening right then.  There is NO Doubt that he is with us and that he has come a LONG way!  As to how far is he going to go?....I guess thats the question we are struggling with.... and only God knows the answer.  To be honest, this is by far the hardest part of our situation- and that is where faith comes in.  Faith that we know God is going to take care of him, faith that we are going to make it through this and end up on top- Our entire family!  Until we cross that finish line, we will help our little dude in any way possible and do our best to have a smile plastered on our face while doing it.  It sure would be a Huge boost to see a smile from his .... a real smile....a smile that tells us he is happy!  
Grandma and Gramps Lykken stopped by to visit for a few days and share some smiles!  With the kids having no school for MEA, we where able to get out and enjoy one of our favorite seasons here in Minnesota (the other being Hockey, which is 11 months out of the year :) ).  We made it out to one of Clearly Park to push Chaser on his trike and check out the scenery. We took the pontoon out for its last voyage of the year and even managed to find a few of the evasive walleye in Prior- After a few hours of me taking everyone to my "secret" fishing spots catching nothing but a little perch- Tanner and Ava fished off the docks at the Knotty Oar while we were buttoning the boat up and caught a couple walleye!  Chase is doing much better with the stomach meds prior to eating.  He has only had a few times with obvious discomfort.  He is still throwing up sporadically,  but not as often.  Lisa has continued to feed him the Puree food threw his G-tube, while letting him taste whats going in his belly at the same time. He made it clear he doesn't like the pumpkin-spinach-mango....Who could blame him!  She bumped it up to 70ml today, and he has kept it down.  Hopefully this is sign of great things to come.  We are planning on continuing this, slowly increasing for the next week- and then we are going to switch to bolus feeding (quick 400ml in about 3-5mins, versus 1hr) , rather than using feeding machine for 1 feeding a day.  His breathing is getting much better, with more quiet times than snoring.  It looks like the operation had some success.  Chase continues to stay healthy by dodging the colds and strep bugs that seem to be floating around.  They are all back to school tomorrow...unfortunately mom seems to be the only one excited about this.  Have a great week.  Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

God is Good!