Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Surgery VII Tuesday, March 24th
Good evening to all. Clay had a good day with a very caring nurse. Thanks Stephanie. Thanks to all our wonderful nurses in the ICU. Clay was the second surgery this morning. He went in around 9:30 and came up a little before noon. When Dr. Arnoldo came up to see us after the surgery he said they laid Clay on his stomach and used his own skin to graft the back of his head. He was pleased with the procedure and tentatively placed him on the surgery schedule for next Tuesday. Clay came up from the O.R. with a cool new white sock cap. He was a little groggy but he seemed to recover and rested through a little excitement this afternoon. Deidra and I went to eat in the UT Southwestern cafeteria for lunch. On our way back up for the 2:00 visit the fire alarms started flashing. They told everyone in the med school that it was a drill. We quickly walked back to Parkland. When we entered the Parkland building they routed us straight out the front door where we were greeted with 5 Dallas fire trucks with lights flashing. I tried to go upstairs and a policeman quickly turned me around. Apparently there was an electrical fire on the 9th floor that was caused during some maintenance. They had it contained. Deidra and I were more than a little worried at this point. While we were waiting and wandering what was going on, Stephanie (Clay's day nurse) called to say he was fine and everything was under control in the burn ICU. We were grateful for this information and tried to wait patiently until they let us go back up the stairs about an hour later. There was a pretty strong "burned wire" smell, but other than that we could see no damage. Clay was sleeping soundly when we finally arrived and Stephanie said he had been asleep through all of the beeping alarms and excitement. Clay was still sleeping during the evening visits. He woke up a few times and would exercise his little fingers & mouth for us. We know that each surgery is a step of progress. Thank you for all your thoughts & prayers. Have a good night.