Hello to all. We hope you all had a wonderful day. When we walked through the doors of the BICU, this morning, our night nurse (Alan) told us that he had some bad news. Before we had time to process these words, he told us the news. He and Clay played a card game during the night. He said "Clay lost the bet and owes me $40.00, so......pay up!" We laughed and said, "What card game did you play?" His reply was, "Old Maid". We are truly going to miss all of the BICU nurses and staff.
Dr. Arnoldo informed us of his plans for Clay. Clay will not have anymore major surgeries in the BICU. The doctors have decided to wait on doing another surgery on his left hand. Two or three months down the road, another surgery will have to be performed. His trach will be removed soon and then he will be moved out of ICU - such great news and progress! Once he is moved out of ICU, his occupational and physical therapy will be a major part of his recovery.
Clay sat in his wagon and chair for a short time today. He counted some airplanes and asked for grapes. We made sure that we had some grapes for our next visit. He ate one grape (piece by piece) and savored each tiny bite. We were informed that his grape came back up after we walked out. We also read a lot of books this afternoon. His "green" cast, that P.T. put on yesterday, was cut off so that his donor sites could be examined. A new green cast was put back on this afternoon. Kermit told P.T. that he wanted to go see Clay. He walked all the way from his new room to the BICU. What a special, sweet friendship.
Clay was sound asleep during our last visit. Hugs and special thanks to all!