Hello to all! As most of you already know, this past Valentine's day was the two year mark since Clay's accident and he also had his most recent surgery on the 14th. His trach tube is out and he is doing great! Last Monday, the ENT doctors examined Clay's airway under anesthesia and removed his trach tube Tuesday morning. They monitored him Tuesday night and we came home Wed. afternoon. Clay's plastic surgeon (Dr. Trussler) released the scars on the corners of Clay's mouth - made incisions on both sides. The procedure was called a "commisuroplasty". Before the procedure, Clay was not able to open his mouth wide enough for us to see his teeth; and now we can see his teeth. At our follow-up appt. in a few weeks, they will make him a mouth splint to wear at night. I was a little nervous about how Clay would do without his trach tube; but, he has had no problems physically or mentally and the stoma (opening in his neck where the trach tube was) has already closed. We will be making plans for his next surgery when we see his doctor again in a few weeks.
Carson & Cody did not make the sale at the Ft. Worth or San Antonio stock shows with their steers. Looks like they will be taking their steers to the Houston stock show(in March). We also have 2 new additions to our 'animal farm'. Clay bought 2 baby chicks at the feed store a few days ago. The boys named them but I forgot the names-I'll have to ask again when they get home from school. The chicks were the last thing we needed, but they are really cute.
Cody will turn 9 yrs. old this Wednesday (23rd).
Thanks again for all! Love from the Fites (Chance, Deidra, Carson, Cody, & Clay)