Support Caleb Clausen medical/family expenses

For: Ben and Annie Clausen, Caleb Clausen
Walnut, IL
Organizer: Sarah Fields
Support Caleb Clausen medical/family expenses (Ben and Annie Clausen, Caleb Clausen)
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The Story

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Six year old Caleb Clausen was hit by a tanker truck on Tuesday afternoon, September 19, 2017, resulting in several life threatening injuries. He was life flighted to Peoria, IL where he has undergone 10 surgeries. Please consider supporting this precious family. The medical bills alone will be astronomical. This is a one income family with four young children. They will need to replace lost wages and pay for meals out while attending to their son in Peoria. If you cannot donate anything, please, please pray and share. 

On November 6, Caleb transferred to Chicago for rehab! It took him less than 7 weeks after his life threatening accident to be ready for rehab! 

On Friday, December 22, 2017, again, less than 7 weeks since starting rehab, our miracle boy, Caleb, WENT HOME! He continues his outpatient therapy 4 times per week in Bettendorf,IA.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 9, 2018

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Posted on January 9, 2018

January 8th Evening Update

Whew! What a day it was today! We started off our day at 5 a.m. to dredge through the ice to Peoria… the roads actually were pretty clear, but we took our time getting there since we left extra early.  Caleb did great when woken up at 5, he also handled the ride down to Peoria really well. At our first appointment with his pediatric neuro rehabilitation doctor, Caleb did great! The doctor was happy to see Caleb and we tweaked a few meds and added a stimulant to see if it helps with his focus a bit. We also set up to see her again next month and will be seeing a nutritionist in that appointment, to get a game plan on a feeding schedule and better nutrition.  We then headed over to Caleb’s neuro surgery follow up appointment, the neuro surgeon took a look at Caleb’s head and said that his soft spot (on his temple where the fracture was) looked sunken in… my heart dropped at that moment… but then he said it’s not bulging so there doesn’t seem to be any pressure, that’s when his nurse practitioner chimed in with “that’s a great report!!” and suddenly my anxiety attack vanished. His neuro surgeon said everything looks good with his external exam, but he does want to do at least one more CT scan next month just to be sure there are no surprises. By the time we left Caleb had just about had it and was very agitated, but I think it was being in the tiny, tiny room that did him in. After neuro, we headed up to the main hospital to go to his Peds surgery follow up and his doctor there  was happy to see how well Caleb was doing and said that his gtube site looks great. We will go back to him in 2 months to change out the gtube that was replaced in Chicago. All in all Caleb had great reports from his follow up appointments and will have to come back for more follow ups next month. It was very heartwarming seeing a lot of the nursing, surgical, and secretary teams and how supportive and excited they were seeing Caleb and how well he was doing. Even though we hadn’t met a lot of them before, it was a great welcome back from such a huge hospital. Tomorrow Ava will be going back to school and we will start our week of therapy again. OH! I forgot to mention, Caleb’s pediatric neuro rehabilitation doctor did say that she will allow for Caleb to do 4 days of therapy a week and will be in contact with his therapy team. Anyway, tomorrow starts our week of therapy and my last week being able to attend before going back to work next week. Caleb has been doing great today with his interest in water. He kept asking if I want to turn the water on in the sink and has been asking for a boat to float into the water, so it is definitely a step into the right direction. Tonight our big prayer requests are even though everything looks great on the outside and I’m sure everything is fine on the inside, but pray for his CT scan to go smoothly and that there are no surprises. I know God will be with us every step of the way and he already knows how Caleb’s healing brain is doing, but pray for my and Annie’s nerves to be calm and us to keep our strength and keep level headed through this. Also continue to pray for Caleb’s eating and drinking to come back soon and for his healing brain to continue healing. Praise God for the good reports and productive day we all had, plus on how well Caleb handled his busy day. I also forgot to mention that today I had a phone interview with the today show online section, I was told that they will try to get their story of Caleb posted on their website by the end of day Wednesday. As soon as I have a link to it and a for sure time, I will post it on prayers for Caleb.


Posted on January 8, 2018

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Posted on January 8, 2018

January 7th Evening Update

Caleb has been doing well over these past couple days. Yesterday was his “big colon cleanup day” where we were instructed to give him a triple dose of Mirilax and pretty much spend the day on the toilet. Well… without going into too much detail… he had 1 blowout and that was it! Today however, He went several times, so today ended up being more of what we expected yesterday. One of the tough things we’ve been going through lately is Caleb’s confusion. I know it’s part of his injury and he is recovering slowly but surely, but it is a hard pill to swallow when myself or Annie ask Caleb if he knows who we are and he replies with “I don’t know” and after telling him that we are his Mommy and Dad he says “no you aren’t my mom and dad live far away and look different”. But I know that this is just a step and God will be there all the way and will someday heal our boy. We have endured so much and Caleb has come so far in his recovery, I know that before you know it, this too will pass as did everything else. We can clearly see that in his recovery process he is in a strong step 5 (of the 8 step recovery process). Even though Caleb is still a little confused on where he lives (I do believe he may be thinking we live at our old house we moved out of a month before the accident) and who we are, he still showed more of himself today when he talked me into going downstairs to get onto the computer. I helped him down the stairs and to the computer chair and I asked him what he wanted to do and he said “I want to play Roblox” (roblox has always been his favorite game site. It’s an online arcade game site) so I clicked onto the icon and let him take over. I saw a game on the list and told Caleb he should play it and without pointing to it he scrolled over and clicked on it! Then there was a description on one side and a small button that said “play now”… well without any guidance from me, he was able to get into the game. He did however have a little trouble playing though, but the fact he knew what to do when he sat at the computer desk and open up a game on his own was pretty impressive! It’s the little things. Over the last couple days, Caleb has also been wanting out of his wheel chair more and has gotten pretty good at guiding himself around doing a crab walk. His mood has been pretty good too! So tomorrow will be a pretty busy day, we will have 3 follow ups in Peoria tomorrow with the first one starting at 8:15 a.m. but no therapy. It’s looking like our therapy will be Tuesdays thru Thursdays for now until we can get approved for 4 days a week. Caleb is still refusing real food and any drinks, eventually it will pass and he’ll surprise us, until then we will continue to give him his water flushes every 4 hours and pediasure feed through his gtube every day. Please continue to pray for the fear of food and water to pass soon, the confusion stage to transition smoothly out, and traveling mercies for us tomorrow, there is freezing rain and the roads may still be icy. Praise God for the ways he is showing his promise to us through all of this and for the progress he has done in Caleb. I know that there will be warmer days ahead and I rejoice in knowing that. Caleb will be outside playing with his friends in no time and we cannot wait for the day to hear the shrieks of laughing children outside playing again!


Posted on January 6, 2018

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Posted on January 6, 2018

January 5th Evening Update

Today Caleb had another great… busy… but great day! He had his first “official” follow up appointment with his primary care provider, and boy is it great to be home!! We were all warmly welcomed by his entire doctor’s office staff wearing “Team Caleb” shirts! This is part of the reason we love our “small town” community so much! Caleb checked out okay with his follow up (and so did his brother for his 9 month checkup) and away we went to the store to get prescriptions filled. While I was inside the store getting all of that done, Annie worked on spelling with Caleb (he’s doing great by the way!). When we got home, Caleb was pretty persistent on wanting to go downstairs to play with his toys, so I took him down, we played a while, then when it was time to go up, Caleb wanted to climb the stairs by himself, so I ensured I was right with him while he grabbed the rails on both sides and walked up himself! After being home for a bit, we went to our church for my side of the family’s Christmas. Caleb did really well with all of the kids, but suddenly got overwhelmed and unbuckled himself, took a few steps (on his own) before I grabbed him; he was headed to the door outside to the van (he was ready to go!). Before that though, Caleb had me in tears, he wheeled up to me and looked up at me with a frown, almost crying, and in his little voice asked “are you my daddy?” it’s almost as if he had a spark of memory hit. I don’t know if it was all the kids playing and he wanted to be normal again, if it was him being tired or what. But it was as if he had a moment. Well, tomorrow is going to be our “official poop day” Caleb’s urologist wanted us one day this week, give Caleb a triple dose of miralax and spend the day by the toilet to get his big backup cleaned out, and then do one dose a week to maintain. Something I thought about today was, with us doing the catheter plug and empting his bladder every 2 hours to stretch his bladder out, in theory, that should help prevent the spasms, since it’s being used and not empty all of the time.  Please continue to pray for a smooth day for all of Caleb’s follow ups on Monday and another great week of therapy. Also, I have let my boss at work know, that I will return to work on the 15th of this month, so please say a prayer for Annie, as she will be taking Caleb to therapy and be at home with him while I’m gone during the day. One thing I have not mentioned during this time was a huge thank you to my boss at work for taking the stress off my shoulders and allowing me to take all of this time off of work to be by Caleb’s side. He has allowed me to do this and not once made us feel like I had to be there, he has a heart of gold and I thank God for placing him into my life. Our praises tonight are, for the little glimpse of Caleb’s memory coming back for a little bit, being able to come home and have our doctor’s office show their support for Caleb, by wearing his team shirt, and of course for the huge progress Caleb is showing us every day!

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