Good evening friends and family. We had a surprise this morning. About 7:00am (visiting time was over) our night nurse ran out of the burn ICU to find us. She said "I want you to come quickly because Clay has his eyes open & he wants to see mom & dad." We went in to say "Hi" to Clay. I'm sure we looked unrecognizable. We are required to wear head covers, masks, & gowns when we enter the ICU unit. We pulled them off for just a second so Clay could see that his parents were in the room. With tips from the "burn" childlife specialist & encouraging words of our own, we continually reassured Clay. The nurses have been telling us for the past few weeks to get as much rest as we could, while Clay was sedated. We realized today that our work is just beginning; but, we welcome it. Now that Clay's eyes are open, he can see all the strange machines, tubes, & bandages that surround him. What a strange, new place Clay has awakened to. He can't move or turn his head much, but his eyes can follow us around the room. The hours between visits seemed so long, knowing that Clay was waiting for us to walk back in his room. He cried often, but we constantly reassured him. At the end of each visiting hour we would tell Clay that the nurses needed us to step out of the room for a short time. We told him that they needed to give him medicine, new bandages, etc. We reassured him that we would be outside the doors.
Uncle Jace & Aunt Dana drove in from Omaha, NE today to see Clay. Dana (Deidra's twin sister) flew down right after the accident & was encouraged with the progress she saw today. We are going to head to bed so that we have the strength to help him tomorrow. Thanks to everyone! Good Night!