Thursday, June 4, 2009
Thursday, June 4th
Hello to all. This is Chance posting from Olney. Clay had a busy day. He was fitted for his new pressure mask and received a new smaller trach tube. He was given some medication before being fitted for the mask. It hit him as he was riding his tricycle back to his room and he could not make his legs peddle any further. Deidra went to the tank with him for his bath and she was told it was time for her to learn how to give it. She did and I bet Clay enjoyed having Mom as his bath nurse. The doctors placed some numbing medicine on some granulation tissue around his trach. After it took effect, they coated the tissue with silver nitrate to remove the unwanted skin. The child life specialist visited with Clay for a long time today. She let him look in a mirror for the first time. She and Mom had explained the grafts and when Clay had the first look at his face he really started doing the stretching exercises. That is a pretty brave testimony. Clay went up to the 10th floor to see the helicopter landing pad. His Mom told him they would have to sneak him on the elevator so his nurses wouldn't know he had left the sixth floor. He thought this was a grand game and said, "Hurry Mom" and "Close doors close." He was excited by every meal today and embraced whatever was served. Clay's Aunt and cousin are staying with him tonight. Grandma and Cody are headed to South Texas tomorrow and we will spend the weekend anticipating Clay's discharge. We appreciate all of the kindness that has been shown the Fites and hope that Clay can continue to touch hearts everywhere.