Clay had a tough day in the Burn ICU. He is still vomiting and the doctors and nurses have taken what we consider drastic measures to try and stop it. They have placed him back on the paralytic drip which means he is back on the breathing machine. They are trying to make his feeding tube bypass his stomach and go straight to his intestine. Deidra and I feel that these are steps that would not be necessary if he could have his mucous removed immediately when ever he coughs it up. We would stay with him around the clock, if we could, to suction his mucous. We sat quietly in Clay's room and were told that if he twitched a muscle that we were to alert the nurse so they could give him more sedation medication.
There was some sad and shocking news today. There was a young man that was in the burn unit when Clay came in. He had been there for approx. 7 months. He recently was moved to a different floor for physical therapy. His mother had told us that they would get to go home soon. This morning during our 8:00 visit, DeeDee was called out of Clay's room. This young man's mother was waiting for her at the nurses station. She wanted us to know that her son passed away this morning. This has been heavy on our hearts today. We are thankful for Clay's progress but today has made us realize how fragile life can be. Please continue to remember Clay. Thank you for all you have done.
Our hymn #276 has been an encouragement: "Sweet to tell Him all He knoweth, roll on Him the care, cast upon Him all the burden that I cannot bear; Then without a care oppressing, simply to lie still, giving thanks to Him for all things, since it is His will.