Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Chris' story started back in May, 2019, when she went through extensive surgery to help correct her scoliosis. Four rods were inserted in her back & she gained 2" of height that day. It was a long & painful recovery but she was mostly happy with the results. 1 1/2 years later in the wee hours of Monday morning, Sept. 21, Todd brought Chris to Essentia ER due to vomiting & severe stomach pain. She was admitted for an obstructed bowel. Late Wed. afternoon, Sept. 23, Chris had surgery & surgeons were surprised to find multiple bands of scar tissue from May, 2019, which had completely blocked off a portion of both ends of her intestines. Two feet of intestines were removed & the rest were untangled. The intestines would have burst within a day if the surgery had not been done. All was good until Sat., Sept. 26, when vomiting started again & her stomach was bloated. Tests showed there was swelling in her intestines where they were reconnected & liquids couldn't get through. It takes time for the swelling to go down. Wed., Sept. 30, a PICC line was inserted for meds, fluids, blood draw & nutrition. Chris had not eaten for over a week at this point. The doctor wants Chris to walk so she walks at least 3 miles a day in the halls. 12 times around equals 1 mile. The NG tube through her nose & into her stomach drains her stomach & helps her feel much better Wed. morning, Oct. 7, Chris fell & hit the back of her head. She has bruising on each side of her brain & a frontal brain bleed. Chris was admitted to the NICU for monitoring. She is alert but sleepy. We are all praying that the bruising won't increase & the bleeding will stop. Todd is the only one who can visit due to COVID-19 restrictions. There have been a few ups & many downs since Chris was admitted to Essentia. This site will be updated as often as we can. Thank you for your kind words & prayers - all are very much appreciated!