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Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 16
"I'm not gonna cry anymore," says Noynoy as he wipes his sniffles away from crying during the cast removal. He graduated to using the brace and is cast free for a few days. Noynoy will be back soon for a tendon lengthening procedure, which is quick, but will require a couple days of admission in the hospital. He's so close to touchdown, so please keep Noynoy in your prayers!
It looks like Janna has recovered well as we saw her walk around the hospital without any assistive device. This only means she's ready for another surgery, which is no surprise to her. Janna had a severe case of bowed legs and wasn't able to be fixed by one procedure alone, so this is the next step to getting those straight legs. Dr. Badjun kept a picture to share with Dr. Tim as he comes back from the States to perform her surgery soon!
Today is Mashujaa Day in Kenya. Mashujaa is the Swahili word for heroes, so Mashujaa Day is a national holiday that celebrates Kenya’s heroes! One of our physical therapists gave Richard a beach ball as a gift, and last night we took a time lapse video of him and his mama playing with it. The video brought a lot of joy to Richard and his mama and we're hoping it brings you joy too! Our hero today is Richard. He’s doing so well that he gets to go home! We were told by one of the nurses that he’s still having some pain, so we’re praying that when we see him at clinic next Tuesday, his pain will be all gone!
Well, good and bad news for Frinzess today. First the good news - she got her casts off, and got a tattoo from Fatima, our staff nutritionist! The bad, or maybe not so fun, news is that she'll need another minor surgery, which in turn will put her back in casts for a few weeks. That should happen in November, so at least she gets a short break in between. Meanwhile, she'll wear her braces so her feet don't start to turn again. It would be a bummer to reverse all the progress she's made!
Guess who dropped by for a little correction on her foot that is now so much better? Yes! Travenia did. She has had her foot corrected a little to make it straighter and she is in a little pain. She smiles through it all because she knows and we know, that she has been through worse.
Square was discharged today, so we read him some of his (very many) get-well messages before he left! He is SO excited to go home and to be able to go to school again - he told us he was going to read and study up and go back in two to three months when the new school semester starts. After nearly a year out of school, he's itching to get back! He'll be back here Dec 5th to have his cast off and to get an AFO (ankle-foot-orthotic) arranged.
This morning we got to join in on a special time of prayer as one of our spiritual staff, Philip, prayed with Richard and his mama. We snapped a few photos during their time of prayer, and let’s just say -- we love Richard! He’s such a kid. His eyes are open in our update photo even though Philip is praying. Kids are kids everywhere! The word is that he will get to go home tomorrow if he ambulates (walks) well today when the physical therapist comes to work with him. Be praying that he can walk even better today than yesterday!
Look friends! Richard is on the move! He did fantastic as he practiced his walking. He did some strolling with the walker, but also practiced walking as he held hands with our physical therapist and his mom, and then… just his mom! He was tired and teary by the end of his walking session, but he persevered and made it back to his bed with just a couple of sitting breaks. This guy hasn’t walked in almost a week, and that was before having major back surgery. He is a serious trooper to walk as far and as long as he did. And, we’re told that he is also going to get to go home tomorrow! Thanks for praying for our friend.
What a difference a few months makes! Advence is back in our hospital after such a long time and the transformation is amazing! The changes on his face are visible, there is no pressure applied on his eye anymore. His eyeball is not sticking out like it used to, it is now firmly in place in his eye socket. Last time he was here, the Doctor had performed a craniotomy that helped ensure that no excess fluid found itself in Advence's eye. We are pleased to see him older, able to walk, talk, and more importantly we noticed the difference in his eyes- both literally and figuratively! They are back for review, but we are already so humbled that God has been merciful to this boy and his mom. Please keep praying for him as they continue on their healing journey!
"You only have to come back here if you experience a problem, otherwise you are free to go!" On this hot and sunny day, Dr. Moyo closed Ireen's file indefinitely. Just two days ago, Ireen put on a shoe for the very first time. It was such a beautiful moment watching her mother hold Ireen's little foot in her hands, and thank God for the kindness bestowed on them. Her legs are still a bit weak though, she suffered a terrible fall a few weeks back in the children's ward which affected one of her feet, but other than that, she is doing great. She spent the week here doing physio and she will continue to do that, to help strengthen her legs. But as for her clubfoot, it is now a thing of the past. Ireen walked out with her testimony on her feet and we praise the Lord for this precious girl! Case closed, and all glory to Jesus!
Richard is out of the High Dependency Unit! He and his mama spent most of the day chilling in bed. They finally got an x-ray taken, so we can finally present it to you for his After Photo! Thank you for continuing to send your love to Richard via get-well messages, he is doing pretty good. We hope to bring you news tomorrow of when he’ll get to go home!
Square's operation yesterday for his cavo varus foot went well! Dr. Lubega and Dr. Hilary did lots of different things to make his foot straight! They did some soft tissue releases to the tendons so they would pull in different directions, as well as a boney operation at the back of his foot, and put some wires and screws in to keep it in place until it heals. Please be praying that his recovery goes well, he was a bit loopy with pain meds today, and he'll be with us until at least next week while we wait for the swelling to go down before he can have a completed cast!
Guess who's going home today! Because Monday is a national holiday, they decided to check Danford's wound today instead, and it looks good enough to send him home! Please be praying for him and his mom as they travel, he'll be back hopefully November 28th for a checkup!
It took some encouragement to capture a smile from Richard today! Elvis was with us and helped deliver Richard’s get well messages. As we took photos, Elvis stood nearby saying “cheka” which is Kiswahili for laugh. This brought some smiles. Richard has been on and off oxygen today, but overall, he is doing well. We learned today that he only speaks Luo. Elvis tried to speak to him in Kiswahili, and didn’t really get much response from him. So - even if he tried really hard, he probably couldn’t do what the nurse told him yesterday and speak Kiswahili. We’d love to hear him speak Luo. We hear it’s a beautiful language!
Since Dr. Dimples was out during clinic, Noynoy got to see her dad Dr. Badjun instead, but there were a lot of kids in clinic waiting to see Dr. Badjun. So, Noynoy patiently waited in the playroom and got to pick his stick-on tattoo that he may have admittedly said, "No, I do not like it." Thank goodness it's washable and won't last long! His feet got some washing today after replacing his casts with a new set too. He'll be back next week and we pray that his progress will keep getting better!
Danford still hasn't gone to Feed the Children yet, and is instead enjoying watching the Jesus Film on tv! We loved the light in his eyes in this picture, but his mom kept trying to get him to look at the camera and smile so it took a while to take it, ha!
Look at this boy! Less than 24 hours after surgery, and he’s looking pretty awake! He is stable, and doing okay. Amazingly enough, the nurse said he’s been pretty sleepy today, but our photo of him says he’s awake! The nurse also told us, “He keeps speaking Luo. I told him to speak Kiswahili because not everyone understands Luo. But he just keeps speaking Luo and says he can’t speak Kiswahili!” Luo is a tribal language spoken in Western Kenya, where Richard is from. And Kiswahili is one of Kenya’s national languages. Regardless of what Richard can speak, we’re glad he’s feeling well enough to talk. Keep praying for a smooth recovery, friends!
Okay, friends we’re going to try this again… TIMOTHY GETS TO GO HOME TODAY!!! He got to practice his walking with the physical therapist this morning. He was walking without support since if he relied on crutches, it could hinder his process of healing. It’s going to take a bit of time for him to get really good at walking, but that’s okay. Praise Jesus he is on his feet! Elvis our intern gave him his get-well messages, and Timothy smiled his way through the process. Of course… maybe that’s because we had a camera pointed at him most of the time! When we were telling Timothy goodbye later on, we even got a hug. He held on with his tiny arms and gave us one of the best hugs! And we might know where he gets his hugging skills from… We gave his mom a hug as well, and she gave us a fantastic squeeze. Thank goodness we’ll see these two again on October 27th for a check-up!
Square's waiting to go in for his procedure! So exciting! As always he's grinning big! He'll be having a bunch of things done to his foot - Dr. Lubega told Dr. Hillary, who's in training, that they would be doing six different things! Please be praying for him, and we'll update you on how his surgery went tomorrow!
Frinzess was walking all over in her casts today, but unfortunately, Dr. Reyes had to make the tough decision to put her in a set that will extend up and over her knees. This makes her pretty immobile, which is zero fun, but necessary. There were some tears from Frinzess, it’s been a long, tough road for her, but she’s getting so close to being done at last!
Poor Richard went through a very long surgery today. It started in the morning and didn’t get out until mid-afternoon! He also had some tears as he was getting prepped for surgery. We are sorry that he was having so much pain that it brought him to tears. We just talked to his surgeon and the surgery went well. They were able to correct the spine some, and Lord-willing, the correction will stay. The surgeon also said that he will have to wear a brace to help support his back. Please be praying for Richard’s next few days as he heals and adjusts to his back brace!
Look at this happy girl! Frames-be-gone! She has to deal with casts, but at least now she can go home! She's going home for eight weeks and then will come back for a tendon transfer to keep her clubfoot from reoccurring. Please be praying for her mom, who said she could carry Tamara during that time and that they didn't need a wheelchair - Tamara is a pretty big girl with two heavy casts!
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