Brief note tonight. Clay was having trouble controlling his respiratory rate this morning. They placed him back on the respirator for about 4 hours today to give him some rest and assist him in breathing. They did an X-ray of the lungs and found more fluid than is needed. He was given two big doses of Lasix to start pulling the excess fluid from his body. The nurses are keeping a constant eye on his breathing tube and trying to keep the mucous level as low as possible. Our best visit today was while he was on the respirator. He was showing us how he could work both of his hands. We have a red ball about the size of ping pong ball that Clay can squeeze and throw. When we left after the good visit he was still holding it and squeezing as we left. When we came back for the last visit this evening he was sleeping soundly but he still had his ball in his good right hand. We were warned several times that there would be peaks and valleys in the recovery process. The night nurse wanted to get wound care over early, so Clay could have the majority of the night for sleep. Please remember Clay in your prayers. Have a good Sunday.
Our heartfelt thanks,
Chance, DeeDee, & boys