Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday March 10

Hello special family and friends! Little Clay is worn out tonight. During our last visit this evening, he was sleeping. We did not want to wake him. The physical therapist (along with 2 extra therapists, 2 nurses, & mom) helped Clay stand again today for a minute. It was a loooong minute for all of us, especially Clay. The occupational therapist brought some neat toys in today for his therapy (foam dart gun & colorful rings to place over a rod). This worked his right hand. Clay did not want to be placed in the wagon today because any movement is painful for him. He did sit in his "special" chair today, but cries when he has to be moved to & from his bed.
Today we had some sadness. We have learned that all "burn" patients have an unquenchable thirst. This thirst lasts until they can quench it, however long that may be. We have thought about Jesus often today. He once said "I thirst". It is very obvious that Clay wants ice or water because his eyes look longingly on us. His lips open and close to indicate his thirst. The few pieces of ice that the nurses allow us to give him do not quench his thirst. It has been very hard to walk out at the end of each visitation with Clay longingly looking after us, crying, and opening his mouth for more. They say if he gets too much water, it could disturb his sodium/water ratio. This could cause seizures or it could settle in his lungs. Dad will be back in the morning for Clay's 5th surgery. The doctors will place grafts on a spot on the left arm and a few other spots. They will perform a debridement on his left hand & then wait some more to see how much the body will heal it. We will trust our Good Shepherd who is looking down on us. Thanks again from our hearts to yours.

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for so bravely sharing your days with all of us trying to quietly encourage from afar. Hearts still hold you close.

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  2. Lifting you up in prayer for a night of rest and peace and a successful surgery tomorrow.

    The Snyder's

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  3. Rachel Potter & I are together tonight and thinking about y'all! We just read the latest update together. Our thoughts & prayers continue to be there w/ you. Our days are going well, and there's been so much to encourage. I've enjoyed thinking that our lives can BE BREAD to others even when there are no words to say. The way we live & serve speaks loudly, so we want to be guided by the Spirit in all things. Our love & care, Rachel & Susie

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  4. We look forward to Clay's nightly update and pray for your family throughout each day.

    We sang a hymn at service last Sunday that we thought was appropriate to use as a prayer for Clay.

    "Healer of our Every Ill"
    verse 2

    Healer of our every ill, Light of each tomorrow.
    Give us peace beyond our fear and hope beyond our sorrow.
    As we journey through life's desert, Lead us by your Holy Spirit.
    God of all compassion, be our guide.

    We pray that Clay has another successful surgery tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    God Speed to the Fite Family!

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  5. So encouraging to see your strong faith in our Lord. I truly believe he has your family under his wings helping you through each day. We'll be praying for Clay's 5th surgery and sweet little hand!!

    Sincere love and prayers~ :)

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  6. I know how hard this has to be on everyone. But the struggles are not in vain. Each task is a great accomplishment. Best wishes on the surgery tomorrow and I prayer they will return with positive news. Just know you are all lifted up by so many. Stay strong. There will be a day of normal for you again.

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  7. Our thoughts and prayer continue with you all. We will be anxious to hear how tomorrows surgery goes. Keep strong and encouraged, We love you all. Arlin and Karen

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  8. We are so glad, as I know you are, of the progress Clay is making! We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers and may tomorrow be another day of progress. Much love and many hugs from all of us to all of you!

    Shawn, Sheila, Clayton, Cheyenne, and Conway

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  9. Hey there Fite family, We just finished reading all of the blogs and we are so sorry. We have been keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and hope Clay does well tomorrow and can get some rest.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, you are in our thoughts and prayers each day. I can't even begin to comprehend how hard this must be for you and am so thankful for the support I know you have, and know your faith in God will see you through. We look forward to your update of Clay's amazing progress each evening, when I know you all must be exhausted. It is wonderful to see the care and compassion of others. My boys always include Little Clay in their prayers. Best of luck tomorrow!
    Love, Joanna, Wayne, Landon, Owen & Ethan Sanders

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  11. From California: It sounds like today was a little harder than usual for everyone especially with Clay wanting something for his thirst so badly. You all will be in my thoughts all day tomorrow and hope the surgery is as successful as the previous ones. I hope you are able to rest tonight! Love from the Costons.

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  12. Reading your blog everyday is like getting a lesson in medicine; and it's such a spiritual lesson to compare your experiences to our own spiritual bodies. Like the thirst, I would never have guessed - but to think about it makes sense. My daughter, Carla, had to have a burn debrided when she was little. It's a hard thing to watch (hers wasn't near as major as Clay's), but to see the new skin underneath is an encouragement. It's our prayer the healing after the debridement will go quickly. We will keep you all in our prayers throughout the day for this 5th surgery. We know you have been lifted up before God and His hands have control. Again, our love and prayers go your way - Dawn & Pam

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  13. We will be praying for Clay and you all today. We hope this surgery goes as well as the others. Love the Middletons

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  14. Still praying for you all. We'll be looking forward to hearing how successful surgery number 5 was.
    The Bows

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  15. The way your family has handled what has been dealt to you has been an inspiration to lots of us. Our relationship with our Father in heaven is what binds us together as his people. We hope you keep encouraged in the secret place in keeping the inner man renewed day by day.
    Hancock Family

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  16. How's are "little fiter" this morning? We had a real blizard here in Dorion Ontario last night!!!
    I'm glad I am off today as there is LOTS of snow and wind. Good Luck w/ surgery #5 tom. xoxo Marvin & Bonnie Broughton

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  17. Thank you for the updates as we follow them every day. And know that each day we still hold each of you close to our hearts. Each day will hold new challenges, and each day there is new hope, and each day there are thoughts and prayers with each of you.
    Take care,
    Ronny, LaQueta and Ryan White

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  18. I wish I could give you guys a great big hug! Your strength and ability to share your day and thoughts with all of us is amazing. I am thinking about Clay today and praying this surgery goes as well as all the others. I love you all and miss you too!
    Lori

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  19. Thinking of you all today-prayers lifted up for surgery #5. Blessings on the hands of the doctors, nurses and staff-peace, rest and healing for Clay and you all! Sending many hugs from Graham!
    The Maberry Family

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  20. We have been out of pocket since March 4th and I have just finished reading the blog and bringing us up to date with Clay's progress. He has opened his eyes and able to see which we are so glad for, set up, stood up and riding in a wagon in less than a week. We know thee is a lot of pain in every move he makes, but that is wonderful accomplishments he has made in such a shot time. We continually think of ya'll and pray each one will have strength and able to gain more strength to see you through. Bruce & Edna

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  21. Dear friends It is so good to hear little Clay is doing so much better. I am sure that there will be long days ahead but he is a brave little boy. Thank you very much for up dating us. It makes you close to our heart and we think of you every day. Love to all five of you, Stan and Helen Chipperfield.

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  22. Just a note to let you know we are keeping up with the blog and praying for you daily in Munday, Texas. God bless you as you travel through this difficult time and we pray The Comforter will comfort you as only God can do. Just know that many are praying.

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  23. This comes from Nebraska..we are acquainted with Jace and Dana....our hearts now hold the five of you close. We check the blog daily and we appreciate the effort and time you devote to sharing your days with all of us who are thinking of you.
    Every best wish and love through the One that unites us,
    Delton and Renee Grotz

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  24. Want you to know I am thinking and praying for you everyday. This was good news yesterday. I am glad you have the burn unit at Parklane to care for Clay. Special greetings to Joy!
    With love and care from south Texas- Joy Oakes

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