Sunday, September 28, 2008
Driver receives no additional charges after student death
Royal Purple News - Whitewater,WI,USA
The driver of the car that struck Michael Chaloupka, will not receive additional charges as a result of his death. Roschelle Sims, 22, a resident of ...
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I would like to comment that we talked to Mike while he was at the Fort Atkinson ER before he was flown to Madison. He did agree we should have a lawyer represent his interests and we contacted one the next day. What happens now is I guess up to his Mom and me. We have not decided the path this should take, and we are considering what we think Mike would like to do. We cannot decide until we know more and things settle down. All options remain open.
Another thought that came up in the comments and the article is about the crosswalk lights there and at other intersections. Most of us have crossed the street and have pushed these buttons. Now consider trying to push that button while sitting in a chair and not having the strength to raise your hand 2 inches above their resting point in front of you. There has to be an available reasonably costed technology available to solve that problem. Instead of a physical button, break a light beam on the post or some short range sensor that doesn't require physical strength to operate. My daughter struggles to get around the city of Waukesha, and most places in Waukesha have installed recently ADA compliant (but only for the sight impaired) crosswalk buttons that are hard for me to push. She has NO chance at pushing them unless someone is walking with her to do it.
Talk to the people that Mike walked around with. He was incredibly paranoid about crossing the street. You would be too if your older sister were hit by a bus 14 years earlier crossing a Waukesha street. She is luckier than Mike, and survived after a dozen operations, an amputation, and seizure disorder the rest of her life. There had to be something going on that Mike and the Young Lady didn't see each other. Someday I hope we will find out what that was. In the mean time, the authorities say there should be no further charges and I don't see a reason to dissagree. Be mad that it happened. Work towards getting better crosswalks and buttons that the less able among us can operate. Remember Mike for who he was and what he did and what he would want. Life goes on. Lets make the place we are in a better place, not an angry place. I guarentee you Mike would not want anyone to hate or harrass or otherwise wish bad things on the Young Lady. So please don't.
(PS, if someone could post these comments or a link to this posting in the comments of that article above, I would appreciate it.)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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There just are no words to thank you for your loving kindness and the expression of sympathy you have shown us during this difficult time, over the last couple of weeks. We will be forever grateful.
With all our love, The Chaloupka's
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Mike was born April 10, 1985 in Waukesha, dear son of James and Julie (Roose) Chaloupka. He graduated in June 2003 from Waukesha North High School and from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in May 2008. He served for several years as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
His most recent goal was to become a campus staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UWW rather than “using his degree” in the typical sense. Although he was afflicted with MD, he was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed, and was always content and happy.
Mike is survived by his loving parents of Waukesha; a sister, Jennifer; a brother, Scott; both of Waukesha. Grandparents, Wm. and Elaine Chaloupka, of Mishicot, WI; MaryAnn and Stanley Roose, of Manitowoc, WI; Aunts: Ellen (Chaloupka) Rohr of Brookfield; and Pamela (Roose) Gauthier of Manitowoc; an uncle, John Roose; seven cousins; special friends, Matt Strzyzewski and Lauren Oftendahl and the many people he touched. Services will be held ...(See Below)... Mike had been working hard to achieve his goals at InterVarsity, the youth ministry at UW Whitewater.
In lieu of flowers, please send your memorials and donations to InterVarisity (https://my.intervarsity.org/cf8b3aec000508237d0e9f2e730c7d26/donate.php). He would appreciate that more than anything at this time. Your gift will not help him, but will help the organization he put his heart and soul into for the last 3 years.
The family wants to thank everyone who has given their support over the past two weeks, especially Nurse "Angel" Kristin and the rest of the staff at University Hospital. Tragedies such as this remind us to explore and embrace life in yourself and in everyone you see each day. For tomorrow, the world may be completely different and you may not have the chance that you did today. Mike accomplished much more in his short life than many of us only hope to. The world will miss him.
There will be a place to bring and share finger food, munchies, snacks, etc. I don't know details on this yet, more as we figure it out.
Whatever you bring, make sure it is eaten or take it with you at the conclusion of the service so that we are not stuck with a 3 year supply of chips.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The church is located in Whitewater at 445 N. Warner Road. The church website has a good set of directions.
Mike had been working hard to achieve his goals at InterVarsity. In lieu of flowers please send your memorials there. Go to http://www.intervarsity.org/ and click on donate in the left column, and donate in Mike Chaloupka's name. He would appreciate that more than anything at this time. Your gift will not help him, but will help the organization he put his heart and soul into for the last 3 years.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The less good news is that they did a head CT scan and found some more issues. They are not exactly sure what it means yet, but Mike could use your prayers to heal this and take away whatever the Doctor didn't like when he looked at it.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
He has made great strides in the almost 2 weeks since his accident and there is reason for us to smile. I have not got my smile from him yet, and he is still not out of the woods, but he can see out of the woods from where he is today.
Your prayers are helping, I have no doubts.
Thanks for your support to Mike and to our whole family during this crisis.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Grandma and I spent Friday night and part of Saturday with Mike so that Mom could tend to matters at home. It was good to see some progress, although minimal. We hold out hope each day that all the equipment and medications he needs to keep his body functioning will not cause permanent damage. We won't know that outcome for a while.
Situations like this sure make you think.. One minute you can be a happy and healthy person. The next minute can have a team of experts discussing which issue to deal with first.
It was good to see Mike again after almost a week on the homefront. A day without bad news is a good day. He is tolerating all the treatment well and hanging in there like a trooper. I didn't get my smile yet, but a few more days like this and we will get there.
They say God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I believe this and have been using this as my credo (and Mike's) for the past few weeks.
Friday, September 5, 2008
For anyone that wasn't able to see it, because you don't live in the area. It might take a couple minutes to load.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This Aunt Ellen will be here tomorrow afternoon to stay with him.
I actually got a thumbs up from one of the doctors, he was more than please how the switch over went. I was really worried, but he did a pretty good.
Please, Please don't ever forget to tell your loved ones what they mean to you. Because anything can happen in the blink of a eye.
I week ago I never thought our lives would change so much in a blink of an eye.
That is how fast something like this can happen. He knows we love him, because we talk a lot on the phone, and we always say, I Love You, before we hang up.
That is a word I use often with my children. We love you all.
The Chaloupka Family
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Maybe at 9 p.m., but I don't know for sure. That is the info I got his roommate. I don't think the report actually knew for sure.
I am at the hospital most of the time, most of you have my cell phone number call me or email me, if you want to make sure I am here. My email is posted on the blog. He can have visitors but I can only take in a couple at a time. But be prepared if you come, it not easy seeing him like this.
Visits help me right now, since I am at the hospital alone, most of the time. I have decided to stay here, I will probably go home about once a week to do what needs to be done there. On the weekends Me and Jim will both be here.
To support him, here is the link. Donate to Mike Chaloupka, there will be a spot to put in his name.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
When I arrived this morning I was semi alarmed when I saw the team of doctors standing outside his room with the curtain closed. It must of showed. His nurse immediately came over to me and told me the doctors were just discussing the case and I could go in. If you are faint of heart, I do encourage you to send your well wishes in the form of cards or emails that can be read to him. The doctors told me they had found the reason for he infection and were taking measures to correct the problem. They had the room very chilly and later put ice packs under his arm pits to keep his temp down. By afternoon he no longer had a temp and by 4 they had put the blankets on him and turned up the heat so he would stay warm enough.
The staff at University Hospital is great. I spent a lot of the day watching the "team" of experts take care of him. He is assigned a nurse that watches him.... but the rest of the nurses kept popping their head in to see if Lisa needed help. The doctors were very good at making sure I understood what they just said to the nurses. I work in the computer business and I thought there were a lot of TLAs there (three letter acronyms). There sure are a lot of two and TLAs in the medical profession!
Overall I would say he held his own today although he is still critical. There were times he didn't do as well as we would have liked..... but most times I could tell Mike was in their fighting.
We are all praying for you Mike.
PS, I added a counter so mike knows you are checking in.
Mom and I are home today, trying to get things together and organized. Aunt Ellen will be the on-site support today and we keep calling the staff for updates, so look here for the latest.
PS, I didn't post last night because we ate food from a care package and collapsed into our bed for the first time in a week.