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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

Figuring it out!

Chaser seems to be back to his good spirited self again these last couple days, which wasn't the case earlier this week.   We had a little scare a few days ago.  On Sunday he started to bring up everything we tried to put down his G-Tube.  He must have thrown up 7 or eight times in a 24hr period.  At first we were not that concerned. His stats were good (temp and heart rate), coloring good, mood seemed fine, (other than some moaning from stomach discomfort, which seems to be the norm lately), and the vomit was either the color of his food or clear- so no blood.  But after full day of this, I emailed his GI Dr. to get her opinion and ask her if we could take him off of the Carafate   She agreed with me that it was probably a stomach bug and said we should run Pedialyte for a day to give his stomach a rest. That seemed to do the trick!  The next day his school nurse Deann (seen in the picture sledding at school with Chaser) said he had a great day- little tired, but great day!  Since then, he has been throwing up once or twice a day, but nothing out of the ordinary.(or atleast as of the last couple months). We are praying that we figure out this vomiting issue Chaser has dealt with since his release from the hospital back in 2013.  He seems to go for a couple days and then BOOM! it starts up again.  I am sure it is because of his gastritis that keeps flaring up- so eventually we will get that completely under control.  He continues to show promising signs of alertness.  No one big event to share, but the periods of head and eye movement and overall curiousity seem to be increasing.  Nik is still coming 3-4 nights a week for an hour to give him extra therapy.  It never gets old watching him roll over and turn his head on command!  It is amazing to watch those two work together.  Chase can be tired and in not the best mood- and the minute Nik sits down to work with him, its like he turns a switch on and a sudden calmness and attentiveness comes over Chase.  That kid really has a gift and we are thankful he is working with our little guy- as I know Chase is too!  We are back to the figure 8's around the kitchen and living room with his trike every other night, and still spending our hour in Chases spaceship (HBOT Chamber) 5 nights a week. The rest of the family is doing great as well.  Lisa is finding time to get back to the gym and do some kind of Orange workout....or something like that.  Tanner is skating all the time, and when he's not, he's talking about it! Man, I wish he had half that passion for homework!.  Ava is loving dance 4 nights a week- and was pretty excited when I surprised her by signing us up for the Dads n Dollz dance class on Sunday nights - ya, I'm actually dancing....or moving around on a dance floor....with her- hopefully I will be in the WAY back come recital time.  Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.  We are still in awe at all of the support we still receive!

God is Good!

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Becky Palmquist
By Becky Palmquist — last edited
Andy and I will keep Chaser, and your whole family in our prayers! We'll be praying that the Holy Spirit will lead you in the right direction to find out what is causing Chase's vomiting episodes.
Lori Boelter
By Lori Boelter
Sending hugs your way...Gotta love that Chaser:-)
Nikki Miller
By Nikki Miller
Sending love, support and prayers!
C J Cord
By Judy Cord
Sorry Chase is having a problem with his feeds and hope you get it under control ASAP. Will be praying for a full and complete healing and recovery.