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Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 15
We brought Chisomo his get-well messages today! He learned today that he might be able to go home next week, so he can't wait! He's happy his healing is going well. He told us to tell you, "When I am gone home, I wish you well!" Dr. James wants him to learn some stretches in physio to help the knee - because they switched the pin in his leg that should help a bit, but unfortunately stretching the ankle means that the muscle on the back of his leg is getting stretched, which is re-contracting his knee. Hopefully they'll be able to cast it straight after he's out of the frame in 3-4 months. Dr. James says the knee is still pretty flexible - please pray it all works out!
Edina is happy today, she's back from Feed the Children and there's not a lot of friends for her to play with there, so she much prefers being here at CURE! She has a baby doll (a teddy bear she's tied to her back with chitenge), but she says she hasn't named him or her yet! She really enjoyed hearing get-well messages from you all today!
We brought Patsani her get-well messages and she says "Thank you!" Her leg didn't hurt today, even after the wound care. She's a bit envious of her friend Chisomo, who is hopefully going home next week - she says she wants to go too! Dr. James is thinking that's a really strong possibility, once they teach her mom how to do the dressings for her leg at home! She has a pretty large wound, and it will take a long time for the flesh to heal, so she may as well learn to do it from home! Please continue to be praying for her!
In response to the Miss Universe contestants being in town and right next to the mall close to the hospital, Janna (in blue) and Jea (in black) wave to their supporters as they push through physical therapy. They will continue to strengthen the muscles around their bones to help correct the bowed structure in time. Their PT catwalk was also their way to practice as they walk on the red carpet next month. Janna and Jea will be part of our Night to Shine event as we celebrate God's love for people with special needs!
I spy with my little eye - Patsani! There were a lot of kids in physiotherapy today! Some (like Charles on the bike) were a lot happier than others (Joseph was crying because he didn't like walking with a splint). Patsani says it hurts less than it has other times, so she thinks she's getting better!
If you haven't picked it up by now, Ahmad loves technology (phones, tablets, etc). While we all went to the playground today, he made the excuse that he wasn't feeling well so we should just let him use our phone to take photos and videos of everything while we all played.
Timothy is sweet, he is cute and many degrees of cool. This little boy doesn't say much, but he doesn't need to. His smile, facial expressions and gestures say it all. Today when we lifted the camera to take a photo of him and his mother, with his best smile on his face, he lifted his right hand and gave us a thumbs up. "He is doing well, he hasn't had any complications of late. His legs are still weak, so he is not yet able to walk on is own. Even so, we have taken him to school this year, he is now in nursery school, we pay a motorbike rider to pick him in the morning and bring him back after school," Elizabeth told us giving an update of her son. Let's keep praying for Timothy that, as he continues with physiotherapy, he will soon be able to be walking again.
Martha did finally start school, and we know that because today she showed up at clinic looking sharp in her school uniform! She is now in grade one and she is loving it. Today was also her lucky day, when she came for clinic she met another one of our CUREkids, Keya, who has been in school for a while now and is in grade three. We introduced them and we hope the two will make great friends and Kaye can help her settle in. Martha had come to get her legs checked. Unfortunately, not much has changed since we last saw her and she still needs the repeat surgery. But for now, her guardian told us that their major concern is another major surgery that Martha is scheduled to go for. We didn't get much time to talk about the surgery but we know that it will be happening at Kijabe Mission Hospital located right next to CURE Kijabe in May. We will get more information about that when we see her again in March, our next Kitale clinic. For now, Martha will keep using braces, and we hope and pray for the best as she prepares go for the surgery. Let's keep praying for healing for this lovely girl.
Today we managed to gather some more info about our very reserved friend, or so we thought until today, when we had a chat with his teacher who brought him for his follow up. Apparently, Keya is not so reserved and quiet back at school, he is quite the opposite; he loves to have a good time and he even plays soccer, he plays defense and he is good at it. Quite unlike the quiet boy who almost never leaves his seat and says almost nothing at clinics. Now that we know what makes him tick, we will try to engage him some more in the future! Keya today also got to meet Martha, another of our CUREkids who joined grade one at his school. So now, Martha has big brother to help her settle in. Keya is otherwise doing great, he had come to get his shoe straps fixed.
Something interesting happened yesterday at our Kisumu mobile clinic devotion. Richard and his mother stood up in front of the rest of the audience and gave a testimony of how the Lord had taken them through their journey. From when the complications started, to how God provided for the surgery, and how great the healing process has been. It was such a touching testimony and so encouraging to the other patients that had come for clinic. It was a heartwarming experience listening to them. We thank God for giving them such courage to share their story. It was a pleasure having them around yesterday and we thank God that Richard is doing well. We will see him again on our next visit to Kisumu in March.
Eliud came today and he is as cute as ever! As the doctor tested his legs for pain, he was so good about answering her. The way he acted, it was sort of like he had ‘been there, done that.’ Eliud’s condition has reverted, so he will have to come back for surgery sometime this year. We don’t know if it will be during his April or December school holiday. After his mother gets some things sorted, we will know more of when he will come for surgery. In the meantime, pray for this little guy to enjoy his time in school and not worry about his upcoming surgery.
Edina got moved to Feed the Children, a local shelter where we send kids sometimes when the ward is full. She's still on treatment for malaria and should be back on the 23rd for her operation next week! In the meantime, here's Agripa's fabulous smile!
“I am happy with how Moreen is doing. I am still with her here in ICU with a tube that is draining fluid from her head. She had a calm night, you know she doesn’t cry much. I just wake up several times to feed her, but otherwise she is OK,” reported Jane. Thank you for continuing to pray for them!
Today Winnie was happy to have a break from her usual school routine and do some traveling to Kisumu, for her follow up appointment. But even so, she is also happy to be back to school this year and she hopes that it will be a different year. “Last year she missed so many classes because she was almost always sick. The surgery and recovery also took up some school time, she barely stayed in school so we decided that this year, she would stay in grade six and do some catching up. We are very optimistic about this year.” Josephine’s father told us. We were delighted to meet this lovely lady and more so to know that she is healing very well and she that hasn't had any complications of late. Let’s continue praying for great progress for our friend, both health wise and at school. We look forward to seeing her again on March 7th when we visit Kisumu again for a mobile clinic.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 15
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