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Activity for the week of Sunday, Sep 18
"She wanted to come see where her brother is always going for treatment." - Mwikali, Harrison's mother. Today Harrison showed up at clinic in the company of his mother and small sweet sister Irene, they're such good friends. Harrison is doing great. "He is now able to stand sometimes, he even does surprise us and stands on his own," Mwikali told us with a smile on her face. It was such a delight catching up with this awesome family, we look forward to seeing them again on November 11th. Let's keep praying for more healing progress for our friend Harrison!
"Very good alignment of both knees." That was Dr. Theuri's comment to Josephine when they came for review today. This lovely girl is doing great, she is getting taller by the months but she still carries that shy smile with her! She also is doing great in school. Today she was in the company her mother and the two were looking good with marching pink dresses! Let's keep praying for good reports for our lovely friend. We see her again in a year's time.
Our Emmy came back for clinic! The good news is that she needs to be fitted for a prosthesis. The bad news is that it’s not yet. Her wound is healing, but still needs to heal more. The doctor told Emmy’s dad to keep putting vaseline on it. And in other news - this is good news - we made a fantastic discovery - Emmy is ticklish! And we found her smile spot! We love to see her smile. She will come to clinic on October 24th and hopefully her wound will look even better!
Thandy spoke to Tamara today and asked her how she was doing! She says there is less pain, and "I'm getting much better, I can see my feet getting corrected!" Thandy thinks she's a bit tired of being in the hospital, even though she didn't say so. It's hard for the kids to stay in bed or in a wheelchair for weeks on end! Please keep praying for her!
We went over to see Tamara this morning and Desire came up and wanted us to take his photo too, so we dragged him over to take a photo with her! These two kids are great fun! They're both dealing with some pretty painful frames though, so you can continue to pray for them! Fortunately, Tamara feels better than yesterday and we even had a dance party (just with arms of course!) and she was laughing quite hard - although that might be because Avanell stopped dancing and tickled her!
Thom came in for a quick physiotherapy session this morning! He looked less enthusiastic about it than this baby's mom! We talked to Physiotherapist Ndapile and asked how he was doing and she made some pretty interesting faces when we asked! She said his muscle strength is coming back and gives it a 2/5 - which is good when you consider that he started at 0! But his knee range of movement is decreasing and she's not happy about that - he's not been as aggressive as he needs to be when doing his knee bending exercises at home because it hurts. Please be praying he and his mom will be diligent in getting it done! We'll probably see him again later this week or next!
Look who we found today - Millicent and her twin sister Mercy! After missing her a couple of times we finally caught up with Millicent today after her appointment. She was in the company of her twin sister Mercy and both of her parents. It was awesome to see them together, dressed in matching clothes. Her feet are looking great. "I think she is healed, just look at her feet, now they look normal," her dad told us. During the review, her parents were told that now, she only needs to continue wearing her brace 23 hours a day for only two weeks, then she can graduate from that to wearing them only during the night, for only 12 hours. It was awesome catching up with this family and we look forward to seeing them again on the 31st of October when they come back for her next appointment.
“This place is too cold,” said Frank about his time in the CT scan room. He had to get scanned before being discharged. Frank will be heading home today, we will see them again at our Lira clinic in the middle of November. Please keep Frank in your prayers, that he will have a full recovery and continue to grow up healthy and strong!
Look at this smile! Sometimes we don't want a kid to leave because their smile just brightens up the whole hospital, and Tamara is one of those kids! We brought her some get-well messages today and she was grinning away! She's excited that her feet are getting straight, so Thandy asked her, "How will that help you?" "Oh, I'll be able to walk to school a lot!" We're so excited she'll be better able to walk to school once her frames and operations are done!
We read Thom a message from Connie (his most faithful encourager) today when he came in for physiotherapy! It's always awesome for the kids to get good get-well messages! Thom is doing well, but was feeling a bit of trepidation about coming back for physiotherapy - especially after having to walk quite a ways to get here! Ndapile says that he's doing well though, which is good news!
Fatima came early today! We don't know why she came in before November - maybe one of the physiotherapists called her in early! An Occupational Therapist from Queens Hospital offered to help her and another CUREKid, Thomas, get AFOs here in Blantyre! She went to get fitted this morning and then was having fun drawing in the playroom!
Tamara was in the playroom today, drawing an elephant and a house! She got bored with it a bit quickly and started playing with a bouncy ball - but being stuck in the wheelchair with frames, she needed CKC Avanell to run and retrieve it for her every time!
Harriet showed up for her appointment today in the company of her mother and father. She was early for clinic today and as she waited to meet the doctor, she got time to catch up with some good friends she made when she was at the hospital. When she finally got to see the doctor, some not so good news was waiting for her. The doctors are now sure that she will need a repeat surgery. “That process is just so rough,” her mother told us. Please pray for strength for this family as they plan to come back to CURE and most importantly pray that Harriet will find healing!
“Everyday I wake up early in the morning and do those stretching exercises that I was shown here before he goes to school. And I think I’m seeing some changes, he is improving,” Christopher’s father told us today when he brought him for clinic. Our physiotherapist took his father through the exercises again, explaining why each was needed, just to make sure he is doing the right the thing. Dr. Nyambati, after review, told him that with those exercises, he is bound to get better with time. Keep praying for this young boy, that he will keep getting better and better. We see him again in six months when he comes for his next appointment!
It’s been a rough road for Teresia, one year and a few months down the road after her surgery, she still has some pain in her hip. The pain is not as severe as it was a while back, but she still has to use crutches to walk. “When am I ever going to stop using these crutches?” she asked us today. After review, the doctor sent her to get some more tests with instructions to come back with the results at the next clinic so that he can determine what could be causing the pain. If it's an infection or something else, then he will make a decision on the way forward. She is otherwise doing great, she is in school and even today, she showed up at clinic with her full school uniform on. “I'm from class and am going back to class after this,” she told us. Please keep praying for this young lady, that the Lord will give our doctors wisdom even as they plan for a way forward for her!
“Today I'm taking the photos, bring that camera, you have taken enough photos.” Those were Kevin's words when he first saw us at clinic today! And once he got his hands on one of our cameras, he wouldn't stop clicking! He had come with his mother to follow up on his prosthesis. Our ortho-technicians told them that it wasn't time yet and gave them details and timelines of when they should expect to come to CURE for the measurement. It was awesome hanging out with this cool guy again. His mother told us that she is helping him study from home for the time being and he is doing very well. We are so thankful!
“I want to remove these wires (connecting him to the monitor in ICU) today, I haven’t talked to my mom,” said Frank. He did however tell us that he is doing well and his nurse Alfred agrees. We expect him to be transferred back to the general ward anytime today. We thank God for how far he has brought Frank.
When Agnes, Sharon’s grandmother heard that we were coming to their hometown for a mobile clinic, she decided to bring Sharon for a check up. Unfortunately after the review, the doctor noticed that her left leg hasn't faired so well after she stopped using the braces so he advised that she needs to keep using her leg brace on that foot for sometime. As always, she was happy as a lark, with a beautiful smile on her face! Please keep praying for her as she continues to heal, we will see her again on November 16th!
Frank is currently in surgery, they are performing a burr hole and an evacuation of the subdural. He received a couple of get well messages prior to going into surgery and that was encouraging to him. Once the operation is finished, he will wake up in the PACU then be transferred to the ICU where he will spend the night. Please continue to pray for Frank, that he has a full recovery.
This morning when we arrived at our mobile clinic, the first familiar face we spotted was Elias, smiling as always! He was in the company of his mother Mary, and as usual, they were among the first to arrive to clinic. They had come to have Elias’ braces checked. “They have become very loose, the straps are worn out,” Mary explained to the doctor. Our ortho-technician were more than ready and willing to fix his braces, and in a couple of minutes the straps were fixed and some extra padding put on the brace for some extra comfort. Elias also told us that he his doing great at school, he let us know that he was position 11 on his last exam and that he is working hard to improve. He also told us that he has eaten a lot of his rabbits that he was raising and now only has two left. We thank God that he is doing great and look forward to seeing him again in six months when he comes back for another review!
Frank is having a good day! He has met several visitors who gave him candy which he has been enjoying, he also received an inflated glove to play with. Annette is also doing well though she is worried about his upcoming operation. This morning she was told he would need another surgery. Please continue to pray for Frank, that his operation will go well and for strength for Annette.
Tamara was having some pin site care done today in the wound dressings room! She looked way to happy for someone who is having their frame messed with! She was waving and grinning when she saw us - we're glad, since sometimes it can be painful to have pin site care done!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Sep 18
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