Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 23
While some kids use crutches or wheelchairs to get around while their casts are on, Daniel was walking around as if it were totally normal. His second cast was removed, and his foot looks fantastic! It’s actually one of the best looking “right out of the cast” feet we’ve seen, it was so perfectly straight! As he was checking it out, we asked if he was happy, and he got a huge grin. “Yes!” he told us in his sweet, soft voice. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for Daniel!
The day we’ve been waiting for came! Elvie told us that J-Vie has been standing on his casts, so we asked if he was sure he wanted them off, since he was doing so well with them on. He decided it was worth the risk! So, everyone watched in anticipation as Dr. Tim removed the green casts, it was like Christmas morning! It was just as fun watching Joel and Elvie’s reactions, they were so blown away at the change. After a final x-ray, Elvie asked, “Is it awesome?!” Yep, awesome indeed! Now J-Vie gets to start working on taking steps, he stood a few times in the physical therapy room, and gave it everything he had, until collapsing in the chair from exhaustion. He knows it’ll be tough, but he’s ready to get to work. Stay tuned for those first cast-free steps, coming soon!
You know J-vie is in the hospital when you can hear Elvie's laugh. She’s just so bubbly and never misses to check in with the hospital staff, giving away goodies as her appreciation for our service to J-vie. He is definitely becoming a pro at walking! He’s taking more steps with the help of a walker and takes breaks when needed. We will see him again next week for his follow-up and we’re hoping that his casts will be taken off then!
We met up with Judith and Micheal at the Mbarara clinic. Judith hasn’t seen any change with Micheal since his surgery and everything looks normal, however, he has been crying a lot. We will see them again at the next clinic in Mbarara in October. Please continue to pray for them.
J-Vie is back with his mom and dad for his physical therapy appointment! This was his second time in therapy so he knows what to expect. He stood up but didn't take a step, unlike the first time. He wasn't disappointed though, he understood that it is a new thing for him. Hence, he's a bit scared to take a step. On the bright side, he is standing at home, so that's going to help build him up more courage to keep going in his therapy! Thank you for praying for J-vie! We will keep you posted on his progress!
J-Vie was back today for his cast change, he was really hoping he wouldn’t need a new set, but after an x-ray, the decision was made to put him in casts for one more month. The removal was a bit rough, the gauze pads under his cast were sticking to his skin, and it was actually some of the worst pain he’s experienced, believe it or not! We are amazed at how straight his legs are though. He was upgraded to cool green fiberglass casts this time, which will allow him to start walking with crutches. We’ll see him next month for hopefully his final cast removal!
Meba did so well, she was able to check out and return home yesterday afternoon! We look forward to catching up with her in September, during her next visit, and hope she can shoot 3-pointers better than before! In this x-ray collage, you can see the adjustments made to her broken arm. God is good!
Meba's surgery went quite well. Dr. Mesfin did a wonderful job making sure she would have a quick recovery. We asked Meba what she wants to do when she's fully recovered and she says she can't wait to play basketball again! Thank you for the prayers and get well messages!
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!
Here Meba is getting observed by Dr. Mesfin who will operate on her this afternoon! Dr. Mesfin says this is a one operation scenario. She will need just 6 weeks of healing and her left elbow fracture malunion will be fixed! Please join us in praying for her surgery!
We were hoping to see Eliud and his grandmother today, but clinic is almost over and they have not showed up yet. The story has been the same for a while, he has an underlying condition which means he needs to be on close observation as the doctors monitor his legs. We are not sure when they will show up again, so for now, our best bet is to keep looking out for them and when we see them we will let you know.
Quiet Daniel spent some time before his check up sprawled out in the playroom playing video games. He had a cast change, but we got a glimpse in between, and his foot is looking fantastic! Even though he can’t walk yet, he’s been going to school, which we’re happy to hear. We’ll see him again in about a month for the final removal, when he can start walking, yay!
We were surprised but happy to see J-Vie at clinic today! His casts were rubbing on his toes, so Dr. Tim cut them back a bit and added some padding. We were teasing him that he just came back to hang in the playroom! But once his casts were fixed, he spent a while in there hanging with the guys playing games and doing some crafts, so maybe there was some truth there! We told him he’s welcome anytime, he’s fun to have around!
After a couple of whirlwind weeks, J-Vie now gets some time at home to just relax and recover. He was discharged this weekend, and we won’t see him until the end of July. No doubt sitting around for 6 weeks will be a challenge for him, but he assures us that he’s definitely up for it. He, Joel, and Elvie all understand that this road is long, but this trio makes a great team! Please keep praying for this awesome family!
So if everything goes to plan, J-Vie and the parents will go home tomorrow morning. He’s still hurting today, but his pain levels are still dropping. He and Joel spent some time gaming in the playroom today, it was nice for him to get out of bed for a bit. He plans to visit his school in a few weeks, and show off his new legs to his friends! He’ll be back in about 6 weeks to get this set of casts off, and downgrade to a smaller version, then even smaller ones later. Stay tuned to watch J-Vie’s incredible shrinking casts!
Mahlet was running around and playing with the other children that came for a follow-up like her and she is doing very well! Since she is walking well and everything is in a good condition the doctors decided that she is going to have a pin removal on her right hip. We will see her on August 11th for an admission, please keep her in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
Last night and this morning are the first times through this whole journey that J-Vie has been feeling “real” pain. Elvie told us that last night he rated his pain level at about 8 out of 10, which is pretty significant. Then a while ago when we asked again, he said about 6. We’re happy to see it going down, but we still need prayers for it to drop even further! Even with the pain, he’s tough as nails and won’t complain, even though we’ve said it’s OK to grumble a bit. Sometimes it helps! Elvie keeps reminding him that the pain is temporary, but his straight legs will be forever! And that’s exciting!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 23
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