Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 19
We are not yet where we want to get with Christopher. It's a slow process but we are making progress. It's always great hearing his father give back a positive report, that he is seeing some improvement and even though it is small, it is there. Chris is able to move his neck more every time he comes. Today they were reminded that they need to keep doing the exercises, and again shown the right way to do it. Kindly pray for strength and patience for his father as he keeps helping with the exercises everyday, that he will not grow weary!
"Do you have a girlfriend already?" asked Dr. Badjun to J-vie. His legs look so good and he's growing well that Dr. Badjun thinks he must have a girlfriend by now! And that's before he added, "But do not get married yet! It's too early!" Since he's still in high school, that's not one of J-vie's concerns, he's just happy to know that his wounds have healed well and are ready for the next step- taking out the plates! It's been a long journey but he's almost there!
Martha did finally start school, and we know that because today she showed up at clinic looking sharp in her school uniform! She is now in grade one and she is loving it. Today was also her lucky day, when she came for clinic she met another one of our CUREkids, Keya, who has been in school for a while now and is in grade three. We introduced them and we hope the two will make great friends and Kaye can help her settle in. Martha had come to get her legs checked. Unfortunately, not much has changed since we last saw her and she still needs the repeat surgery. But for now, her guardian told us that their major concern is another major surgery that Martha is scheduled to go for. We didn't get much time to talk about the surgery but we know that it will be happening at Kijabe Mission Hospital located right next to CURE Kijabe in May. We will get more information about that when we see her again in March, our next Kitale clinic. For now, Martha will keep using braces, and we hope and pray for the best as she prepares go for the surgery. Let's keep praying for healing for this lovely girl.
Today we managed to gather some more info about our very reserved friend, or so we thought until today, when we had a chat with his teacher who brought him for his follow up. Apparently, Keya is not so reserved and quiet back at school, he is quite the opposite; he loves to have a good time and he even plays soccer, he plays defense and he is good at it. Quite unlike the quiet boy who almost never leaves his seat and says almost nothing at clinics. Now that we know what makes him tick, we will try to engage him some more in the future! Keya today also got to meet Martha, another of our CUREkids who joined grade one at his school. So now, Martha has big brother to help her settle in. Keya is otherwise doing great, he had come to get his shoe straps fixed.
Eliud came today and he is as cute as ever! As the doctor tested his legs for pain, he was so good about answering her. The way he acted, it was sort of like he had ‘been there, done that.’ Eliud’s condition has reverted, so he will have to come back for surgery sometime this year. We don’t know if it will be during his April or December school holiday. After his mother gets some things sorted, we will know more of when he will come for surgery. In the meantime, pray for this little guy to enjoy his time in school and not worry about his upcoming surgery.
Someone today got a chance to pose for a photo with our Executive Director, Abed. Quinter was today in the company of his mother, and his brother Brian. As they left, Quinter and Brain got to meet Abed, who had joined us for mobile clinic today and pose for a photo with him. The sad news is, Quinter needs another surgery. Unfortunately, Quinter’s leg is not doing so well and she has to come back to the hospital for another surgery. She couldn't get an admission date today but our social worker will keep in touch with them and we will let you know when she gets scheduled to come for the surgery. Quinter’s mum was especially not happy with the news of another surgery. Please continue praying for this family, that they will look up to Jesus for strength through this period of healing.
We saw Lonjezo in clinic today for a follow-up appointment! Her mom says she's doing well and is getting steadily better! She's just getting some physiotherapy and a shoe raise for today. We don't know when she'll be back for her next rush rodding, but she should be set for a couple years before she outgrows the rods that are already in! In the meantime, we'll probably see her every couple of months for checkups and physiotherapy.
Sorry guys, no hilarious quips from Jeron today, he was too busy fighting off the Tickle Monster, aka, CUREkids Coordinator Hope Kim! The two sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” together, warming up for the holiday season just months away here in the Philippines, and somehow dissolved into a tickle fight. He’s doing great, the arm is looking good, so now he can refocus his attention to planting eggs or whatever our little goofball decides to do next!
"I'm going to climb a coconut tree, so I can plant carrots!" says Jeron. Mr. Chatterbox was happy to be up and moving today, he's so excited to do more than just exercises with Alex. He's headed home today, and can probably help his grandma plant carrots in the ground, but we're not so sure about being able to climb a coconut tree! We will miss his silly imagination and we look forward to hearing more when he comes back!
How precious is this smile?! Jeron was in such a sweet mood this morning as he raised his eyebrows to affirm that he was doing OK. He stayed comfortable in bed as he squeezed in another nap in the afternoon. Healing is going well with Jeron which means he might be going home soon!
Sweet Jeron was first in line in surgery today, so he was back in the ward just before lunch. Dr. Jun realigned his elbow and placed two pins as it heals. Once that was done, Jephunneh was quick to come to the OR to meet her son during recovery!
J-Vie is going home today, but no worries, we’ll see him again soon. We asked if he remembered anything about surgery, and he told us he thought he heard laughter. We divulged that the laughter was brought on by the goofy faces he was making while under heavy anesthesia, so he re-enacted some of them for us today, or at least what he thought he might have looked like!
Sirguit came back complaining of a pain on her tibia and it turns out she has a fracture. She got a healing cast today and will come back in two weeks to see if the cast did its job or not. If it did not heal she will have another operation, please keep her in your prayers!
This little cutie was so busy entertaining himself as he sang along with the A-B-Cs on YouTube like it was a karaoke. He was OK that we interrupted him for a second though, just so we could take a cute snap of him! "I'm not excited about the surgery tomorrow! I just want to play," says Jerone. And so we let him, assuring that we will be covering him with our prayers!
J-Vie is two rods lighter in his legs today! The decision was made to keep his plate in a little longer to maintain some extra stability. The lighter work load didn't make J-Vie any less nervous though, until the operating room nurses told him "Don't look nervous, all the girls are watching!" which broke the tension. He's become like a little brother to most of the staff, and yes, that includes good natured teasing at times. Now his nerves can relax, since he's all done!
“I’m going home. I am happy because my child is okay,” said Annette. Annette, Frank, and Happy got to go home, which made them happy. This morning Frank was up and walking around and very playful. Happy and he received a matchbox car which they have been fighting about. Happy took it from Frank so he took it back, which made Happy cry, so Annette took it from Frank and gave it to Happy which made Frank cry. “You see this car will make these children fight,” said Annette. Please keep Frank in your prayers that he will continue to improve, we will see them again in the middle of January!
J-Vie is back! He'll have a small procedure tomorrow to remove one of the plates and both rods in his legs. Even though he's been through it all before, he was admittedly nervous today. But, he took the opportunity to distract himself in the playroom, gaming the afternoon away! Please pray that all goes smooth tomorrow, and he can get back to being a normal teenager!
Frank and Happy got more balloons to play with which made them both happy. Annette says, they were told they will be here until Tuesday, she was hopeful they would be going home soon. Please keep Frank, Happy, and Annette in your prayers, that their morale will stay high over the weekend as they have to stay a few more days.
Frank is happy and so is Happy today! They were playing with inflated gloves and Happy keeps popping them so Frank keeps his away from her. They have made a friend, the older sister of one of the patients here for hydrocephalus. Today Frank is more active and able to sit up on his own and play. Please keep Frank in your prayers that he will continue to improve!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 19
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