My birthday started early this year . . .
Clayton woke us up with a scream at around 2 am. He was acting like he needed to throw up, but we quickly realized something else was wrong because his pupils were fixed and dialated. Long story short, he was transferred by ambulance to the hospital, where he remained unresponsive. While tests showed no change in his CT Scans from normal checkups, he was taken to surgery around 6 am for exploration around his shunt to see if it was malfunctioning. While the actual shunt was still working, the catheter at the top of the shunt did seem to be clogged and a new tip was placed at the top of the shunt. He came out of surgery intubated and sedated.
It took all afternoon for him to rouse enough for them to fill comfortable with extubating him (removing breathing tube), and he is still very sick. His right hand (his only "good" extremity) seemed to be contracting and stayed fisted most of the day. It is worrisome that neurologically something still isn't right. He still acts nauseated and has a slight fever. Blood cultures from this morning show positive for infection, but are being repeated to confirm results are true and not from the test accidentally being contaminated.
He has asked for Daddy and Momma this evening (or I should said YELLED for Daddy and Momma!), so we are encouraged that he is coming around. Please pray Clayton continues to get better and all neurological damage, if any, is healed. And please pray for Brian and me. We are beyond emotionally drained from watching our child fight these battles. There is no way to describe the fear and dread that comes when he ends up back in the hospital. It seems the longer he is free from the hospital, the harder it is to watch him have to go back.
I know there are many prayer warriors out there storming Heaven on Clayton's behalf---thank you everyone for loving our little boy and for being willing to literally MOVE Heaven and earth in prayer!