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!
Chaser had some x-rays taken of his hips and spine yesterday. While the news definately could have been worse, it was a little tough to swallow. It turns out his hips are 35-40% out of the their sockets. I guess we weren't suprised to hear this, as most kids with his condition and muscle tone end up needing to have surgery within the first year to put them back in place. We knew it was was wishful thinking, but figured our little dude was going to beat the odds and dodge this one- which with the way he tackles things, he still may! We are going to take him back in 4 months for more x-rays, and if it hasn't changed or is worse, he will have to have surgery to put them back into place. The good news is we caught this in time. Had this gone unnoticed and progressively worse, he would have been in a lot of pain and surgery would have been more of an urgent situation. As it sits now, he doesn't seem affected at all, and it doesn't affect his therapy. The xrays of his spine helped put a smile back on our face showing no signs of scoliosis!
He has had a busy week of therapy. In Speech therapy he started up the NEMS- Vital Stem therapy,this time to work on his swallowing muscles. As you can see in the picture, he doesn't mind it at all- today it put him to sleep! Chasers awareness continues to impress everyone around him. The other night he and Nik (one of his PT) had a scavenger hunt for stickers. While Tanner hid stickers on the walls around the house, Nik walked him around in his UpSee to find them. As they found them together, Nik coached Chase to grab the stickers and collect them on a piece of paper. I watched in awe as his little fingers clamped the stickers and moved them down an inch to the piece of paper. He looked like he was really concentrating, and I could see all of his little finger muscles move. It took some time, but there was no doubt he was concious of what was going on and doing his best to get those fingers to operate. Was really cool to see! This little dude can do anything, we just have to be patient and give him the opportunity! His week at school has gone equally as well, and with Corrines' help, he managed to send mom an email to say hi! This brought some happy tears to her eyes. While the vomiting is still sparatically present, he is on day two with NO throwing up! Gramma Judy is in town to take care of him and his big sister this weekend, and we are headed north towards Gods Country to cheer Tanner and his hockey team on in a Fargo Tourney. Have a great weekend. Thank you all for your prayers and support.