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Activity for the week of Sunday, Sep 25
It’s been a rough road for Teresia, one year and a few months down the road after her surgery, she still has some pain in her hip. The pain is not as severe as it was a while back, but she still has to use crutches to walk. “When am I ever going to stop using these crutches?” she asked us today. After review, the doctor sent her to get some more tests with instructions to come back with the results at the next clinic so that he can determine what could be causing the pain. If it's an infection or something else, then he will make a decision on the way forward. She is otherwise doing great, she is in school and even today, she showed up at clinic with her full school uniform on. “I'm from class and am going back to class after this,” she told us. Please keep praying for this young lady, that the Lord will give our doctors wisdom even as they plan for a way forward for her!
We saw our friend Teresia today at clinic! She came to clinic straight from school and she was in a very good mood with a wide smile on her face. Unfortunately, her hip joint is not doing so well and her bones have still not yet fused. Our doctors, after review, decided to give the joint some more time until the next clinic. They requested her to come with an X-ray on her next visit. If it still hasn't fused by then, they will plan for a repeat surgery. Let's pray for peace for this young lady, that as she goes through this process, she will experience God in it.
Our doctors reviewed Teresia's new x-ray today, and found, still little evidence of fusion. Bones fusing can take anywhere from 6 weeks to a year, so we are still hopeful. Teresia is to come back for another review in June. If the pain has increased, our doctors may want to remove the hardware in her hip, in case that is causing the pain. Sometimes, if the bones aren't fusing, the screws can become lose and cause pain. Let’s pray for the best results! Teresia was quiet today, likely getting tired of this painful waiting process. Let us also pray for her personal life, that we might see her huge smile soon.
It doesn’t take much to get this lady to shy away! We had fun talking with her today and asking about school. “It’s moving along,” Teresia noted, having to return to school after seeing the doctor. Because of a hospital strike in Embu today, we had to set up our clinic at an empty church. This means, unfortunately, Teresia wasn’t able to get a new x-ray today. She is still having some pain, and Dr. Mbugua asked them to come back for our next clinic, April 21st with a new x-ray. Please join us in prayer for her and her mother as they manage the pain until then.
We had the opportunity to talk Tsehay's father over the phone and he told us that the family has decided not to go through with the surgery. He also told us that Tsehay went back to school and he will bring her to us if she has any pain or any problems with her health. Thank you for supporting her and please keep praying for her!
Teresia looked so pretty today with her new braids and her sweet smile. Of course, this photo was taken before they met with the doctors. After looking at today's X-ray for a long time, Dr. Nguku unfortunately noted that he sees no signs of healing. “Hip fusions are tricky business,” he explained. Because the hip is a joint constantly in motion, fusion sometimes takes a long time or there is failure to fuse. He told them to come back for our next clinic in Embu, February 11th to see if it has progressed by then. If not, though, he advises they come in for another surgery. Teresia and her mom both were really discouraged, but getting to read the get well messages did lift their spirit for a moment. Let us keep Teresia in our prayers, that her hip would begin healing in the next couple months!
Tsehay came today for her follow-up and she is in good condition! She is now walking using her supporting shoe. The doctors say she needs one more operation, but Tsehay and her family does not want the operation to happen. The doctors told them to think about it and if the family decide to have it we will see her then.
Teresia was in a good mood today. The pain in her leg has reduced, now she is only experiencing some mild pain around the wound. She told us that she feels that the wound is taking forever to heal, but the doctor told her with proper care, in a month's time the pain should be all gone. He also insisted it’s important she does not put too much pressure on her leg as that would slow down the healing process. As always she was in the company of her mother Nelly! Let's continue praying for her as she continues to recover.
Teresia gets to go home today, she wears her prettiest dress for the occasion. She spent some time reading get well messages which brought a smile to her face. We asked if she was happy to go home, though, and she said no. She was quite shy and wouldn't open up about all the things on her heart but she is meeting with our spiritual team today. Please be praying for Teresia. We may not understand exactly what burdens she bears, but the Lord does and He is faithful.
The procedure went well on Friday but the doctors wanted to do another quick cleaning of the wound before they send her home. While she waited, Teresia read her get well messages and it truly brought joy to her and some of the mothers in the ward who got to share in the experience. Thank you for all the support! We hope Teresia will get to be discharged tomorrow.
Teresia showed up today for her follow-up, but she wasn't in such a good mood. She was in pain, and you could see the struggle on her face as she supported herself on crutches, trying to walk. After examining her, the doctor advised her to come back to CURE as soon as possible, because her wound from the operation was not healing so well and needs some management. She will be heading back to CURE tomorrow. Let's pray for her journey mercies as she travels to Kijabe.
Tsehay has been recovering well and is quite happy. Here she was taking a stroll outside and enjoying the bit of sun we had over the weekend! Tsehay has been discharged and we look forward to seeing her for her next procedure in September. Please keep praying for her!
This girl heads home today and couldn’t be happier about it. She said she is in less pain today and is looking forward to her dressing change and discharge. We will see her in two weeks at our clinic in Embu. Thank you so much for all the messages and prayers.
We asked Teresia if she was feeling any pain today. “Much pain,” she responded quietly. A hip fusion procedure is certainly not a breeze, and she is feeling it. Still, she smiled and asked for photos. We were able to read some get well messages to her and we know it was a nice break from thinking about the pain. Thank you for all your support, and please continue to pray with us as she rests.
The day finally arrived! Teresia was so brave prepping for her 3 hour procedure. The surgeons had to remove part of her smooth bone from either end of her hip. The rough, raw bone it leaves creates the ability for them to fuse back together. To keep the bones in place, they inserted a metal plate. This is not a fun thing for anyone to go through—let alone a teenage girl. Please pray for a fast recovery and we will let you know how she’s doing tomorrow!
We came into the ward and Teresia grabbed her book and smiled up at us. So, naturally, we took this photo. She says she enjoys studying English and was proud to show the book is written in english. Reading her get well messages was such a joy today. She laughed and smiled, turning away shyly whenever she heard she is beautiful. We are praying for a smooth surgery tomorrow for this young lady!
Although Teresia was scheduled to have surgery today, the surgeons decided to wait to allow for more time. A hip fusion is a long procedure and it’s not something they will rush. Another couple days of waiting for this girl, but she has remained positive. Today, Teresia received one get well message and she read it over and over with her mother. We let them look at the email themselves, watching them read it out loud to each other again and again. It was such an encouragement and such a sweet moment.
Teresia has come back! This time, she is preparing for a big surgery and is spending the day settling in. Before the procedure, Teresia will need a blood transfusion and then the lab will put it through several tests to make sure it matches correctly. We are looking forward to getting this procedure rolling, but we can tell that it can be scary for a teenage girl. Please be praying and we will continue to keep you updated on how she is doing.
As usual, Tsehay came back with her friends from Alemachen house for her follow-up. She is walking comfortably with her supporting shoe and everything looks good! She also received the exact date of her admission which is July the 22th and we will see her then when she returns for her next operation.
Teresiah came by for follow up today at the Embu clinic, and after being observed by our doctors, it was confirmed that she is in need of additional surgery since her hip has become problematic again. Mum and daughter will get back to us, hopefully sooner than later when they deliberate on if they are ready for surgery and when they can come to CURE for it. We will keep you posted.
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