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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

Keep it down Chaser!

Unfortunately the real food plan didn't go quite as planned.  We started on Sunday replacing one of his formula feedings with a calorie packed recipe Lisa blended up.  Thinking he would tolerate it, we split the 500ml  into two feedings, instead of one, We may have been a little over zelous- or maybe he somehow read what he was eating!  The poor little dudes stomch not only didn't like it, but it pushed every drop we put in him right on the floor, couch....anywhere he was sitting.  Just when we were feeling bummed about the results of the new feeding schedule, Chaser kicked into gear -and for the last 72hrs, he has been virtually puke free!  We have split it up even a little more, giving him less more often.  It seems to be doing the trick.  We both think that his stomach may be overful at times, causing his to vomit.  I spoke with our coordinator at Mayo today about the surgery coming up next week.  I asked her if we could do a volume test, or if there is someway they can calculate the volume his stomach can hold.  She said she had never been asked that, but she would pass the question on to the experts.  Call me crazy, but it seems like there should be some kind of equation we can use.  Given we have an idea at what rate his stomach empties its contents, we should be able to figure out how much to put in it, and when....?  Lets hope they can help us on this one.  
Chaser has had a great week.  His extra PT helpers have been to the house a couple of times, and he seems to be very receptive to both of them.  I am sure we are all going to learn alot from these sessions.  He continues to work on head and trunk control in PT, and in Speech therapy he is improving on swallowing.  This is a video shot today.  He tasted oranges for the first time in 2yrs....and seems to like them.

God is Good! 

I posted a video of Chase at PT this afternoon on his FB page:


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Becky Palmquist
By Becky Palmquist
It's so great to see Chase making so many small improvements (and some BIG IMPROVEMENTS!!😀) GOD IS GOOD!!!🌈

Peter Larson
By Pete Larson
Keep up the great info on Chase.