LCBC Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 19
"I can feel my leg now, there's no pain, but there's a little discomfort from the pins stuck in my bones. I feel alive sitting next to this window and breathing in the fresh air. Sometimes, when I see the other kids in wheelchairs, I wish I could ride in one too and go out to see the sunshine, but I am not discouraged, I know that time is coming!" Mazuba shared with us. We are thankful for the small joys of sunshine and fresh air and are praying toward the greater joy of being mobile again!
“He is taking milk well, no vomiting, only the wound is paining him,” said Grace. Calvin still has his NG tube in but is nursing well. His doctors are observing him today to see if he can continue to eat well, after today's observation they maybe discharged. “I think Thursday or Friday any day this week they could send us (home),” said Grace. Please continue to pray for Calvin that his pain will go down and he will keep eating well so that they can return home.
Abdul and Alinafe were playing bao together this afternoon! Although it's easier to win if you're playing by yourself, it's more fun with a friend! Her poor mom thought they might take the frame off this week but she still has quite a while to continue doing the turns before she's ready for that! Please keep them in your prayers for patience!
Malitina gave us a small smile when she saw her photo today! Poor child is still stuck in bed. We got a better look at her splint and it's actually attached to her leg (usually it's bound around the waist but the wound on her side was too long) so it's hard for her to move. The good news is that her graft is looking alright and the doctors gave her the okay to start walking around, If it hurts too much they'll try to figure out a different splint situation. Please be praying for her!
Lonjezo is actually still coming here to CURE for daily wound dressings! It sounds like she doesn't live near enough to a hospital to get her wound dressed there, so her grandmother has come with her so she can learn how to do the dressings at home. They'll be coming in daily for a week while her grandma learns, so we've marked her in the hospital until she actually heads off!
Ahmad's surgery went stunningly yesterday! It was essentially to fine tune the muscle relocation surgery he had done last time where a muscle was moved from the back of his knee to the front in order to keep his leg from contracting back the way it was. Our man is a little bit muted today and just wants to go back to the guesthouse!
Abdul and Yona crutched their way over to Lukia's bed this morning to say 'hi' and cheer her up! She's been stuck in bed on traction for a while, but the good news is that the doctors have finally okayed her to come off traction and start walking around again - so soon she can explore the hospital on crutches like her two friends!
Calvin had a tough night with fevers and vomiting, but Grace is doing well and seems happy that the surgery is finished even though she is tired after a sleepless night. Today they were transferred from the ICU to the ward which is much more comfortable for the patient's parents. Please continue to pray for Calvin that his recovery will go well.
Alinafe is looking a bit like 'Rosie the Riveter' today with her red bandana! We're sure "She can do it" - whatever it is that she sets out to do once she grows up, and even now in the hospital! We're so proud of all the strong young women at our hospital like Alinafe who go through the sometimes long and difficult process of healing and are still smiling!
"Look at me, I can walk without my crutches!" That was what Gebyaw told us when he saw us this morning! He is walking around the ward and he is doing very well! He went back home today but we will see him in a couple of months for another checkup!
"We will do whatever it takes to save his leg", Doctor Moyo assured us, " The wounds are clean, there are just a few parts that have a few dead cells and we will make sure all gets better." This is the news that Godfrey was delighted to hear. He is happy that despite news that the fight with infection had become intense, all indications are that we are winning! This is the grace of God.
Well, look who is up on his feet taking a few steps?!? We have waited for this moment and while we are all excited, JV Boy is just as chill as he was in the beginning. We can tell that he's worked so hard to get to this point. Although he still has some ways to go gain his strength back, we are pumped to see his progress! "This is only a miracle that God can do," says Dr. Jun.
Justine came back for review today and chatted with one of our visitors from Woodmen Valley Church! He was bleeding under the cast and that was making him very uncomfortable, so doctor cleaned his leg and put a new stronger cast on him. Other than that, his healing has progressed very well!
Lonjezo came in for one last wound dressing this morning before (presumably) heading home today! Thandy, our co-worker who speaks Chichewa in our office, is out today so we weren't able to confirm that they're leaving today but she was gone pretty soon after we took this photo! Please continue praying for her!
We went out to take photos of the kids at lunch because there's lovely lighting in the open air kitchen! We were about to take a photo of Abdul, but Janiviere said, "Take a photo of me!" so, really, we have no choice but to showcase her here, cheeks full of food! She speaks pretty good English and got us to take a photo of her mom too, which she thought was hilarious! Abdul is doing well (and was enjoying his lunch too much to bother looking at the camera) and they're continuing to do the turns for his frame!
Malitina is looking a bit better today and gave us a *very* small smile when we went over and said hello to her! She was playing on her dad's phone - she's mostly on bedrest at the moment, we haven't seen her up and about yet. We're glad her dad is taking such good care of her in the hospital! Often it's the moms and grandmoms who come to watch over the kids in the hospital and we admire the dads who come out and are willing to do anything to get their babies healthy again!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 19
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