Hello to all! Clay and I went to Dallas on Monday for his dressing change. He is scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:00pm at Children's Hospital of Dallas. He has had a wound vac on his neck for about 23 days now. If you recall, it takes 3-4 weeks for the Integra product, on his neck, to generate a dermal-like tissue & accept a skin graft(http://www.integra-ls.com/). They will take skin grafts from his legs (donor sites) and place them on his neck tomorrow. From his 4 month burn unit experience (Feb.14-June 15), these donor sites have proven to be the areas where he has experienced the most pain (superficial wounds). I think about the times when I have accidentally cut my legs, when shaving, and how painful it is. Clay will feel this pain on large areas of his legs, because they will shave the top layers of skin off to place on his neck (thank goodness for pain meds at this time). He underwent many surgeries, in the burn unit at Parkland, for skin grafting. This will be his third surgery since he was released from Parkland in June and his second "skin grafting" surgery outside of the burn unit. We hope he recovers well. Remember all the weeks when he vomited while he was in the burn unit & we couldn't pinpoint what was causing it? Clay has had four dressing changes since Nov.9, and each time they change the dressing an anesthesiologist has had to sedate him. He did okay with the the anesthetics used on the first 3 dressing changes, but he was sick all the way home on Monday because of the anesthetic used. We will ask what drug he was given before surgery on Thursday.
Thank you for remembering Clay and our family this past year-we are grateful for each one of you!