Chase Lykken's Journal
A Moment of Reflection-
Written Dec 16, 2013 11:04pmOk, so I guess I jumped the gun with the wanting to buy the glorified laundry holder -therapy treadmill for Chase :) We met with the therapy gals from Gillette's last week for our family conference to discuss Chases progress and revisit goals. Man, they are good at what they do! ! We all agreed that Chase is progressing very nicely in many areas, and it was a positive meeting. I brought up that I really want to see him do that treadmill thing in our house.....unfortunately, as I had expected, I was getting a little carried away. His PT therapist Kate appreciated, and shared my enthusiasm, but we agreed it was too soon to start trying to do that at home- after all, he had only been on it for 10 minutes, one time! :) Chaser is starting pool therapy tomorrow, which mom is really excited for. He has always loved the pool, and Im sure the weightless feeling is going to do nothing but good for him. He has had a great week at school- He continues to make friends with the little dudes around him, and seems to to be alert and somewhat attentive to them and his surroundings at school. He has ventured out to a watch a couple of Tanners hockey practices with me and managed to make a buddy - Rocky- at one of Tanners hockey games. We took him out this weekend and picked up some local Lakers gear as seen in the picture so he support the Lakers in style. Ava has been a social butterfly with dance and birthday parties keeping her running all over. Lisa and I have been busy prepping the house for the holidays.
Chase continues to progress forward in his recovery. There are times when it seems like he is completely there, and others where he is just ......there. Although this all seems to be in slow motion for Lisa, the kids and I, we all appreciate that it is going forward. It seems like just when we get to a standstill, something happens that picks us up. A couple of nights back, we made contact with one of the incredible people involved with Chases rescue. As blurry and patchy as that moment in time is for Lisa and I , she sent us a snap shot of her account of what happened, that really makes us appreciate and thank the Big guy that Chase is here today! We want to share this with all of you, and especially those of you that were on the ship with your families that were wondering what happened. This is an insight from one of the many "Heros" that helped save our sons life.
It is very detailed, and complete raw emotion from her side....................
"As clear as the blue sky above, I remember the thoughts going through my head as I walked towards the edge of the pool. (I remember praying that someone else would get there before me.) I have been a nurse for nearly 20 years, (ER, OR, Medical transports) I have intentionally, never focused on pediatric care, as I just can't wrap my head around pain and suffering in a small child and the emotional toll on the family.
Once I reached Chase, I identified myself to the others around him, as a nurse and went into "Clinical Mode" (it's a term my Sister uses when she has seen me either speak of medical conditions or in action) I remember checking for a pulse; first on the wrist, then the neck. I announced that I was going to initiate CPR, called for an AED, and just proceeded as I had practiced and trained, so many times before. After the first round of chest compressions, Chase vomited (just like the pediatric advanced life support books taught me) I turned him on his side and did a mouth sweep. (hotdogs) I then checked a pulse again, still none. I did another round of chest compressions and again called for an AED and an airway. A gentleman came to Chase's head and attempted to place an airway, unsuccessfully. After the second round of chest compressions, he once again, vomited, still no pulse. (This was no longer like all the many training courses I took. I felt a sense of self doubt and knew Chase needed more than I alone could provide) I began crying and swore at this little lifeless boy. I told him that he was not going to F-ing die. I begged him to come back!! I promised him, I was not going to stop until he got his "crap together" and made his heart beat again. I told him, "I am on vacation and you are not going to f'ing die. I told him that he could NOT do this to his parent! (There were a few other choice words I whispered to him, but I am sure you get the point.) I begged and pleaded, prayed and just did what I do. Tears started streamed down my face and a gentleman asked me if I was OK. I asked this man to do a round of chest compressions, while I gathered myself. I returned to Chases side, and told him, we are going through this together. I was not leaving his side until he returned to his little body. GAME ON! Once again, I continued the chest compressions and the CPR sequence; even attempted to give him a mouth to mouth breath, but he had too much food debris to get any air to his lungs. I told myself to focus on compressions. They are the most important, as it provides perfusion. I experienced such an incredible sense of relief once the gurney arrived and we were able to transfer him. At the very moment he hit the gurney, Dr. Brian appeared at his head. He asked for a specific airway, I grabbed it from the bag at the side of the pool. He placed it with ease, and the entire way down to the clinic, he and I were able to maintain the airway, while the medical staff continued compressions. Once we were in the clinic, medications and shocks were delivered at unprecedented intervals. No One in that room was going to give up. I remember looking down at the wrist band and reading, Chase, 4y/o.
As the efforts continued and the room was a buzz, I kept saying, "Chase, come back," in my previously described vernacular. It was not until the paramedics arrived that we actually got a pulse back. I tell you, once his little heart started going again, he was back! At that time, his rate was strong and almost in the same instant, "regular" for all that his body had been through up to that moment.
I believe that Chase had a conversation with God. Together, they watched the resuscitation efforts, they saw you and Lisa. Then, I think, God told Chase, he must return. He sent him back with a message, and the strength to deliver it. It was not his time to be with God in Heaven. A pack was made, and at that moment, I knew that it was out of my hands." -G
-Thank you "G" for sharing this, and thank you "G" , "S", "D- and your son", and the rest of you for saving Chases life!
God is Good!
Baby Steps. :)
Written Dec 9, 2013 9:01pm
Lisa sent me this video of Chaser in therapy today and it completely made my day! It is so exciting to see him in a vertical position other than in the stander. I have wanted to see this since the day he started therapy. I realize that it isn't him doing the motions yet, but it is a foreshadow of whats to come! This video made it pretty easy for mom and I to make up our mind what Chaser is getting for Christmas- Looks
like our next treadmill won't be used for folding laundry! God is Good!!
i posted the video on Chases Facebook page
School is Cool! :)
Written Dec 7, 2013 5:18pm
While its 10 below outside the sun room windows, Ava is warming Chaser up with her own version of home therapy. They started the morning off by looking for Christmas presents on her computer and spelling his name. What out Gillette - you may have a new recruit in the making
Chaser had a great week at school and therapy. His teacher says that he is adjusting very well, and kids are taking to having him there equally as good. He is making new friends, and while he is there learning along with the other kids, it seems like he is teaching them as well, as their curious little minds have a lot of questions about his condition. This is definately the start of a great new chapter, for him and us! It is nice to have a fresh set of new eyes to see what Chase is capible of. The nurse noticed Chase seems to have controlled eye movements in the form of blinking when asked questions, as did the therapists at Gillette's. It may be a sign, or a start of some form of communication! .....time will tell.
With his new busy schedual of therapy and school, Chaser has been a tired little boy this week. He has been sleeping well through then night, and is taking frequent catnaps here and there. Thank you all for your support, prayers, and the fun mail that keeps pouring in. We all look forward to opening them up once a week. Enjoy your weekend- stay warm!
God is Good!