Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 02
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!
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!
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!
J-Vie had both Joel and Elvie accompany him to the operating room this morning, he has a ton of support from both his parents, so awesome! The right leg was almost a mirror image of his left leg procedure from a few weeks ago. As promised, we took a few pictures of J-Vie’s left leg while the cast was off…wow…what a difference already! He told us this afternoon that the pain was even less this time, praise God! Thanks for your continued prayers!
J-Vie is back and ready to tackle Surgery #2! He will have his other leg straightened, and then he can focus on healing. He tells us he’s “a little nervous, but much more excited” about tomorrow. Elvie is super excited, and asked if she could get pictures of his straight leg when his cast is temporarily removed during surgery. It’s like waiting to open Christmas presents! Please pray tomorrow for J-Vie’s second surgery!
This morning, Abdoul Karim was walking in the ward and visiting with the other kids. He was following Aramatou as she was making her rounds in the ward. It’s nice to see how kids take care of their friends who have surgery and show them compassion! They’re in this process together!
Media is doing great! She is walking better with her crutches and her leg is healing well. The doctors have decided that she needs a knee brace to help her leg stay straight and they say they will see her again when she gets the brace. Please keep praying for her!
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.
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.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 02
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