Hello folks. Long day at Parkland. Clay was the second procedure and did not go into the O.R. until after 11:30 this morning. He was in until nearly 2:00. When he came up from the operating floor everyone was anxiously waiting for him. They placed grafts on his upper left arm & a spot below his waist. This is the first surgery he has had since his eyes have been open. He had a nervous look as he watched the nurses preparing him for his trip to the operating room. They allowed us (Dad & Mom) to stay by his bed while they got him ready. The childlife specialist, for the burn unit, has been so helpful in teaching us age-appropriate reassurances to use with Clay before surgery. Dr. Arnoldo visited with us right after surgery and he said that all went well. He had a close look at the left hand and is going to wait on it as long as possible. There have been several big burns come in recently and he said he would put Clay on the schedule again for next Wednesday. He will probably start work on the face and head then. We are encourage that he is waiting on the hand. Tonight, during our last visit, DD and I talked to Clay and held his hands. He lightly squeezed our hand with his left. All in all we were encouraged by today. We are continually thankful for your prayers, thoughts, & support.
Sincerely, Chance & Deidra (DeeDee)