Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
Joanna Paula wasn’t quite in the mood for pictures yesterday, so we didn’t really know what to expect when we came and saw her this morning. She’s actually feeling so much better today and not so much in pain compared to yesterday. What made this morning even better is that she was able to read some of your Get Well letters, which was a huge encouragement for her! Please keep praying for Joanna Paula as she heads home this weekend!
We walked in the ward this morning and Christard was crying at the top of his lungs. Come to find out, Delia was away to process some paperwork for discharge. He was having separation anxiety since no one’s really watching him, but we thank God for experienced parents and employees here at the hospital! CUREkids Coordinator Marlene, and some of our nurses filled in Delia’s role while she was out and about. Christard will be discharged soon, so please pray for him while he’s healing at home!
Jea’s position doesn’t look too comfortable when you look at her but she says she likes the way her feet are elevated on the other chair. So as long as she’s comfortable with that, we don’t have a problem! Jea’s already up and moving, taking showers, and walking around the ward. Jea also spent time reading Get Well letters this morning. Jea’s feeling well overall, and should head home soon!
CJ remembered us for one thing today- the iPad! Since Joan was away, he was stuck in the ward watching TV, which didn’t entertain him anymore. The bubbles only distracted him for a short time until he ended up asking for the iPad again! While we were in the process of getting the iPad for him, he borrowed a phone from one of our staff and took a whole lot of selfies! We’re glad that CJ is feeling well today, and he’s actually going home soon!
Seriously, Renz has been super chill throughout his stay here at the hospital! He’s been so calm throughout his healing process. While Maria Elisa is out and about processing the paperwork for discharge, Renz is patiently waiting in the ward, watching a movie. When we asked him if he was okay, Renz gave us a short nod and a sweet smile. Thanks for praying for Renz! When Maria Elisa comes back with all the paperwork, they should be ready to go home, but we'll see him back in January for his follow-up!
We couldn’t tell whether or not Cheradee was on the verge of tears this morning, since she was half smiling while she said she was in pain. We are thanking God that she doesn't have a fever anymore, and we can see that she’s trying hard to hold herself up. Cheradee proudly said that she worked on her exercises already, but is now feeling a lot of pain, so Nurse Jhun placed an ice pack on her foot to help with the swelling. Please keep your prayers coming! Cheradee is going home soon and will be back early next year for a follow-up!
When we asked Rexford how he felt after his cast was loosened up a bit, he spoke up in his feisty little voice and said, “nothing!” This sweet face has a feisty little attitude and since he’s super quiet when we walk in, we don’t see the feisty voice coming! Rexford’s been feeling so much better, and will be traveling with a group of patients back to their hometown this weekend.
“Mission Becoming Buddies” with Collen this morning kind of failed. We walked in and she was still asleep with her grandma, Agapita. We can tell how close Collen is with her grandma, and it’s a good thing that she’s been getting plenty of rest while she’s around. We’ll try and see her again throughout the day since she will be heading home this weekend!
John Carl had a bit of a scare earlier. He was checking his toes, and as he counted them, he only found four on one foot! His pinky toe was covered by his cast’s padding, and he thought for sure he lost one during surgery! Luckily, he found it attached, right where it should be, and was back to all smiles. He’s feeling great today and gets to go home tomorrow, thanks for all the prayers!
It was all hugs and smiles when this sweet boy showed up at clinic today. “Even when he is fully healed, we will still come for this clinics, just to say to say hello everyone,” Teresiah, Fidelis’ mother, told us. Fidelis is doing great, his wound has healed quite well, and the doctor told Teresiah to help Fidelis exercise the fingers, so that they heal with good flexion. We will be seeing them again on the 18th of February. He promised to bring along his brother on his next visit, and we look forward to seeing both of them then!
Chisomo had surgery today! Doctor Kyle first took some pieces of bone from his pelvis for a bone graft, which should heal back. Near the ankle, he took out a bit of ruined bone and the diseased, soft tissue which surrounded it, which would've kept it from healing correctly. They then inserted a rod to keep everything in place and added in some of the pelvic bone, which should support extra bone growth. Dr. Kyle was saying this condition is one of the toughest issues in children's orthopedics though, and there's no guarantee the bone will grow back, especially if the diseased tissue comes back. Please pray for Chisomo! He has neurofibroma, a condition where tumors form around the nerves. A lot of the time, it is symptomless and benign, but sometimes it is malignant, and we won't know which type it is until he grows older. The way his bone didn't heal is a symptom, but may not necessarily mean it is malignant. We'll keep you updated on his recovery!
In honor of the US holiday of Thanksgiving, we asked several of the kids what they were thankful for, including Eda! Eda is thankful for healing and that she has a lot of good food here at CURE. She's also thankful for all her new friends here at CURE, like Loveness, who also has an infected femur.
Adija was having a good time this morning playing Bao again! We told her today was Thanksgiving, an American holiday, and asked her what she was thankful for. She said she was thankful for the free treatment here at CURE, because otherwise her family would not be able to afford surgery for her hands.
Eliud is back this week, and this time for surgery! Today being Thanksgiving, we are thankful that Eliud’s mother was able to get him here. Surgeons corrected both of his legs today, cutting the lower thigh bone of his knocked knee and straightening it, and then cutting the upper tibia bone of his bowed leg to straighten it. Eliud was shy this morning, but still managed to smile a little. We will check in tomorrow and see how he is resting!
Overnight, there was no improvement with Priscila, and she continues to have upper airway problems. Her breathing improves when she is sleeping or resting, but then when she wakes up, her breathing worsens. Please keep her in your prayers, that her breathing will improve and that she will finally be able to get off the oxygen.
Sylvia continues to improve! She is going to be moved to the ward today, and although she still has a fever and a bit of a cough, she says she's fine. "I'm just happy," Irene told us, saying she's grateful to God that He has kept Sylvia alive and is grateful to the staff for their care. Please keep them in your prayers as Sylvia's recovery continues.
Flora had her surgery yesterday! It went well and although she's a little teary-eyed now, we're praying she'll feel better soon and are glad her leg is straight! Our surgeons took a wedge out of the lower leg so that the bend will heal together straight, and they inserted a bit of bone into the knee joint, because the joint was also at the wrong angle. Please be praying that she'll heal quickly, so she can run around on two straight legs!
The father-son duo is back, but they didn’t get to spend much time in the playroom, since it took a little bit of time to clean up and change Rey Mark’s cast. But that’s okay, because when Rey Mark’s all healed up, he doesn’t need to stay in the playroom - he'll be able to get outside and play! But it’s looking like this is going to be a long road to healing. Rey Mark’s wounds didn't heal up as much as we'd hoped by this time and smelled a little pungent. But it’s a good thing Rey Mark has a high pain tolerance. Throughout the time it was being cleaned, he never shed a tear! This brave boy will be back next week so we can check on his progress. Please keep praying for Rey Mark!
Look who snuck in last night! Rexford is back to get his leg checked. We heard he’s been in pain since he got home and could barely sleep. So today, the doctors cracked the cast open to loosen it up. Feeling better after that, Rexford was eager to give a sweet smile for the camera!
Jon’s pins came out and he’s pumped about it! Our patients usually think they’ll be under anesthesia when it gets taken out, but nope, he didn’t see it coming and the doctor slipped it right out! He says it hurts a bit, but it’s a good thing that he’s all well! We’ll see him again in 3 weeks to make sure he’s doing OK. Thanks for praying for Jon!
So we found Joanna Paula in almost the exact same position as she was yesterday, but today she was sound asleep. The difference is today she’s missing the compress on her head, since her fever’s gone, yay! Hopefully tomorrow she’ll be up and moving around a bit, and in the mood to hang out! Please keep praying for Joanna Paula!
John Carl was sleeping soundly next to Irene, and looked too darn adorable, as always! Irene told us he’s still having some pain, but is slowly improving. We’re hoping tomorrow he’ll be up to drawing some more pictures to pass the time!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
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Chris is excited to join CURE for the same reason most of us are part of it: Seeing the Kingdom of God at work in kids lives. "Kids right now who can't walk, they're being carried, who can't go outside because their faces look different… they get to be kids again. Because of CURE… because of you and me and everyone else involved, kids will be kids again, and be able to walk and run.Chris Tomlin