Clay was just discharged from the hospital and we are back at the hotel. He was able to take a shower for the first time, and I think he feels more human now! He is still pretty sore and it will definitely take a while for him to build up his endurance, but he has made a lot of progress. Once again, we can’t tell you what your prayers and encouragement have meant to us!
Clay was able to walk some more this morning. He is able to get around with less discomfort, although it will be a while before he can walk without any discomfort. He has a really long incision from his chest to his belly button, with a lot of staples. He also still has a drain in his abdomen, which he will have to travel home with; the doctor says we can remove it ourselves when the output is less (meaning the blood and fluid it is draining from his abdomen). He still doesn’t have much of an appetite and will have to stick to bland foods for a while. He was having some problems with the pain medication, so the nurses told him that he could just alternate Tylenol and ibuprofen, as well as nausea medicine when needed. He will have the staples removed in two weeks, and of course he has restrictions about lifting and driving for a while.
We will leave Indiana tomorrow morning and start the drive home, travelling with Clay’s mom; not sure how far we will get! We will just have to see how Clay is feeling and decide if we need to stop. I’m so ready to get home, and I know we are both missing our son. Missing all of you too!
I am so thankful for the excellent care that Clay has received here, and in Birmingham. Our gracious Father has definitely watched over him during this surgery and recovery. Please pray for the trip home, that his discomfort would be minimized as much as possible and we wouldn’t have any complications.
Clay and Lauren