Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday February 21st
Thank you to all who chose to spend your Saturday visiting the Fite family. We have had so much support from friends and family. We are truly amazed by the number of people who have been in touch and are trying to help our little boy. We received a bit of a surprise today from the doctors and Clay. We attended all of the morning visits and Clay seemed to be doing fine. At the 11:00 a.m. visit Crystal the nurse informed us that she was taking all of the drugs that were inducing paralysis out of Clay's system. She had child restraints on his arms and said that as soon as the drugs were out of his body we could anticipate some movement. We did not know that this was scheduled for today and were a bit apprehensive. She told us the doctors had decided at their morning meeting that Clay was ready to start assisting in the breathing process and they needed him to start exercising his diaphragm and make sure his lungs were functioning properly. She said it could take 4 to 6 hours for the medication to get out of his system. When we came back for the 2:00 visit he was assisting the ventilator and taking in as much oxygen as we have seen since we arrived. He was able to move on a limited basis and the nurse said he was doing well. We were happy that he was functioning on his own to a degree and felt that today another milestone was achieved. He is still hooked up to a dozen lines and machines but just a little movement from a toe or a tongue is a welcome sign for scared parents. It will still be a long time before we see an opened eye or hear a word but we are encouraged. This was most of today's happening and I am going to say good night and wish everyone a good Sunday.