Hello to all. We were told that Clay will have his next surgery Friday morning. Dr. Arnoldo will place homografts on the back of Clay's head. In a week or two, they will take him back to O.R. to remove these grafts and place autografts (his own skin) in their place. We have been worried about the back of his head and are relieved that it will finally be covered and begin to heal.
Clay had a busy morning and a restful afternoon. Clay was sick to his stomach three times today. His nurse noticed a correlation between his vomiting and his pain medicine. Each time he was given hydrocodone, for pain, he vomited within minutes after it was put down his feeding tube. He is still receiving a small amount of morphine through his IV. Extra pain medication is given before wound care, etc. Kristen, our O.T., made Clay another cast for his right hand. Uncle Justin (my brother) came to visit Clay at 11:00am. This was Clay's busiest hour of the day. The speech therapist came to work with Clay. She would place a cap over Clay's trach and ask him to say a word. It will take some time for him to get used to having air pushed over his vocal cords again. He gets really anxious each time the cap is placed over his trach. He then was taken to the big window where he watches for those airplanes taking off at Love Field. He also wanted to show us a new trick. While lying in bed, he can pick up his soft, spike ball with his little toes. We were laughing and he was smiling - it was really cute. He was asleep during our afternoon visits and wide awake during our evening visit. We hope you all have/had a restful night ~ thanks to all of you!