Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 17
Daniel rounds out our group of boys who all went home today. While it’s a long drive to his town, he’s excited to be going home. This is his “I’m excited I’m going home on Friday!” look. Hey, it’s been a long week, this is about as excited as he was going to get! He's definitely happy though, and still so thankful for his surgery. We’ll see Daniel in July, thanks for all your prayers, we’ll keep you updated on his progress!
As of this morning, it was unsure whether J-Vie would go home today or tomorrow. Well, the good news is, we just found out he gets to go home this afternoon! J-Vie gave us his best “I’m excited to go home” look, and in his typical style, he’s happy, yet cool and casual. The whole family is looking forward to sleeping in their own beds tonight after a long week. J-Vie will be back in 2 weeks for a follow up, and for preparations for the other leg. We’re happy they’ll be returning soon, they’ve been a lot of fun to have around!
J-Vie is still holding steady when it comes to pain, we are truly amazed at how well he’s doing. His next surgery is scheduled for 2 weeks from now, so he will go home to rest for a bit, and then he’ll be back. He spent this afternoon sketching with another local artist, our Executive Director’s son Drew! The two hung out, and Drew did some doodling on J-Vie’s cast, then other staff members added their artsy touches. So, he’ll have a reminder of us while he’s at home! Thanks for praying for J-Vie, he will be going home soon.
Daniel spent a chunk of time in the playroom playing video games today! He also spent some time in physical therapy yesterday, learning how to use his crutches. He picked it up fast, so today he was out and about. This afternoon he was hurting some, but it was good to see him have such a good morning! He told us yesterday, and then again today, how thankful he was for his surgery. He genuinely understands how this experience will be life-changing for him. He really is a sweet kid! He will go home soon, thanks for all your prayers!
We wish we could quote every awesome and inspiring thing that Elvie says, but no one can write that fast! Every time we visit, she goes on and on about how thankful she and Joel are, how J-Vie’s surgery is a dream come true, how much she loves the Lord, and how much she loves her son. While it’s our “job” to encourage and comfort these families, she’s the one doing a lot of the encouraging! This morning, J-Vie was reading his CUREkids profile on our Children’s Mentor’s iPad. He approved of our messages! He is doing remarkably well, considering how much work was done on his leg less than 24 hours ago. He had trouble sleeping last night, because other patients in the ward were in pain, but hopefully he can rest today. Thank you for your prayers, they are definitely being heard and answered!
Daniel’s awake today but the pain is setting in a bit. He’s trying really hard to hide it, but we’ve told him it’s OK to hurt, and OK to express his emotions. It might actually help him feel better! He listened to a handful of Get Well notes earlier, which were encouraging to him, and got a big dose of prayer from Madel, our Spiritual director, and Cyra, our Children’s Mentor. We’re thankful for everyone who is joining us in prayer for Daniel!
J-Vie’s surgery was long and complicated, as expected, but it went very well. Only his left leg was done today, we will do his right leg in about 3 weeks. Dr. Tim sorted through an arsenal of hardware beforehand to pick out the perfect pieces to get J-Vie’s leg straight. His femur was cut in a couple of places, then plates and screws will hold it in place. Then, the lower leg was cut in several places, and the pieces of bone were strung onto a long metal rod. The best way we can describe it is “beads on a string.” Sounds weird, but it was truly remarkable to witness. When J-Vie woke up, he was in really good spirits, talking and joking. We know a lot of that is still his medicine, and when it wears off he’ll be hurting. Still, Elvie told us this afternoon, "I'm so happy, I could fly!"
Daniel’s surgery went flawless this morning, he got in and out of the operating room very quickly! The doctors took a small section of bone out of his ankle, which allows it to rest the right way, instead of being twisted. He has been sleeping and resting quietly this afternoon. He's definitely in pain, but so far he’s handling it really well. Please keep praying with us for Daniel!
We have learned quickly that while Elvie is small, we will have to be on our toes to keep up with her! Despite her physical limitations, she goes a mile a minute, and seems to have endless energy. She told us that she’s so excited for J-Vie’s surgery tomorrow, she won’t be able to sleep tonight. She and Joel were with J-Vie this afternoon, they are a super fun family! J-Vie is very blessed to have such upbeat, positive parents by his side. Tomorrow’s the big day, we will need lots of prayers, please join us!
Daniel and his grandfather Antonio are here at CURE! They arrived earlier today, and Daniel spent the afternoon in the playroom, and had a blast blowing bubbles, especially at the other kids. When we asked Daniel how he was feeling about tomorrow, and what concerns he had, he simply said, “I’m just ready to get it done.” He will “get it done” tomorrow, please be praying for this cool, calm kid!
Bradley left on Friday. He has his casts on and hopefully this will stop his feet from bending back to their old position. We hope that when he comes next, he will be happier than he is now. Alice is feeling good about this. Please pray for safe travels as they go back to Zimbabwe.
Bradley had minor surgery today. Our doctor put casts on his legs and he is loving them! We found him sitting in a funny pose and showing off his new legs and giggling with his mother. It is always so much fun seeing kids like Bradley smiling and making the best out of a bad situation. We are also very proud of Bradley’s mom for coming back to CURE and continuing their medical journey because healing really changes everything!
We are so happy to see Bradley back here and in good health! He's come back all the way from Zimbabwe for his review. Our doctor checked him out and said he's doing well, but they just want to do a simple procedure to manipulate his ankle and straighten his leg a little bit more. Having this little guy back in the ward will be a blessing, and please be praying for his procedure!
This cheeky little one is going home today! Woohoo! She's pretty excited. Thanks for all your prayers and support while she's been here, Lonjezo has loved receiving your messages and knowing that you're praying for her. We'll see her again in about 6 weeks or so, keep a lookout for another update then!
Laughs-with-Lonjezo are becoming part of our daily routine here at CURE Malawi! We love stopping beside her bed for a chuckle! It would seem that our visits make her as happy as she makes us, because she grabs us by the hands and won't let go when we try to say goodbye. For a little thing she's pretty strong!
Happy Lonjezo won't let anything stop her smiling! She's doing so well after her surgery yesterday! Most of the day has been spent in bed, but she's got a prime position in the ward - right in the middle beside the corridor everyone walks through. So she's got plenty of people around to keep her company! Please keep praying for her!
Micheal's surgery was a success, however he has a slight cough. Judith spent most of the morning cuddling him on his bed. Micheal was given an inflated glove to play with from the ICU nurses. Micheal's overall condition has greatly improved and he will be discharged before this weekend. Please keep him in your prayers.
Before her surgery this morning Lonjezo was sitting on the operating table smiling up an absolute storm. This kid is the happiest we've ever seen anyone who was about to be operated on! In theater, our surgeons removed two wedges from her thigh bone. This straightened Lonjezo's leg, which will hopefully mean that in the future she'll be able to stand on it! She's recovering now, so please pray for her. We'll update you tomorrow and let you know how she's feeling!
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 17
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Chris is excited to join CURE for the same reason most of us are part of it: Seeing the Kingdom of God at work in kids lives. "Kids right now who can't walk, they're being carried, who can't go outside because their faces look different… they get to be kids again. Because of CURE… because of you and me and everyone else involved, kids will be kids again, and be able to walk and run.Chris Tomlin