Friday, April 24, 2009
Friday, April 24
Good evening to all! We are going to try to get this posted a little earlier tonight. Today marks Clay's 70th day in the burn ICU. He was awake all day, so we hope he sleeps well tonight. He is still coughing up quite a bit of secretions and has to be suctioned frequently. He is still dealing with the vomiting (emesis) and at times has the dry heaves. He rolled his orange, spiky ball between his feet frequently today. He has found a way to tickle his feet when we have to step out of his room. :-) When we arrived for the 11:00am visit, Clay and his nurse (Stephanie) were sitting at the end of the hall looking out of the window. This window faces the front of the hospital. There is also an airport close to the hospital, so Clay would point to every airplane he saw take off. Aunt Lorna (mom's sister) and I counted for him since he cannot talk right now. We counted 8 planes taking off in our direction within 30 minutes. Clay would follow them with his eyes until they disappeared. Then it was time to head back to his room to get hooked back up to his IVs, oxygen, etc. The physical therapist stood him on his feet during our 2:00 visit. This was uncomfortable for him and he immediately wanted back in his chair. The physical therapist brought a musical floor mat. He walked across it a few times with our help. Uncle Justin was in the room with me and was cheering him on. It has been 8 or 9 days since he last stood on his feet or walked. Mandy (P.T.) got her exercise, along with Clay, today. He will gradually get stronger each time he walks. Aunt Susan came to see him this evening and he was too tired to wave with his hand, so he waved with his toes. It was cute. His next surgery is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday. They will perform surgery on his little left hand. We hope you all have a restful night & weekend. Thanks to all!