Hello to all! Chance went back home this afternoon. We have not seen the surgery chart so we do not know the specifics of the surgery. Our understanding is that most of the pinkie finger was removed and small portions of all the others. The dressing around his hand looks like a boxing glove and I told him that it was pretty neat to have a "boxing glove" bandage. This dressing will be taken off in a few days. He was really groggy when we were able to see him after surgery. When he woke up, he motioned that he hurt around his donor sites. Skin was taken from his right side and his shoulder to graft the hand. We were told that his donor sites probably hurt worse than his hand because they are superficial. He is feeling more pain after this surgery compared to the previous ones because they have gradually decreased his morphine. They are thinking about possibly moving him out of ICU next week.? We were worried about moving him since the back of his head still needs to be grafted. The majority of his "open" wounds have been grafted (a few little spots + the back of the head remain "open"). Surgeries are still performed when they are moved to the Acute Burn area. This is great progress! Although, change can be a little scary. Dr. Arnoldo will be back on for the month of May. He and his team will assess and make the final decisions as to when Clay needs to be moved. Clay also had a smaller trach tube and a new feeding tube put in while he was in the O.R. Once his vomiting is resolved, the speech therapist will be able to cap his trach so he can talk to us. He did get to have some apple juice this afternoon, but it made him sick to his stomach again. I hope we can get this resolved soon, because it is so uncomfortable for him.
Thank you for all your encouraging posts, texts, and letters. Above all, thank you for your prayers. We had a bible study with Clay this evening and then we asked him if he wanted us to sing him a song. He held up 3 fingers so we sang hymn #3 in our hymn book - "Tell me again of God's wonderful love...".