Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
Nicole’s tears started as soon as she realized where she was, and they escalated when she heard the cast removal saw being used on other patients. Cyra tried to distract her with bubbles, and it seemed to work for a while. After all the discomfort our poor Nicole has experienced while wearing her casts, the good news is she’s done. She will start doing some stretches that will loosen her legs and give her more flexibility. We’ll keep you up to date on how it goes!
We’ll spare you the exam room pics of Jev Jev, and focus on the adorable grin she was flashing when she reunited with her ward mate Nicole. She fell apart in the exam room, even before the cast saw was turned on. She had a lot to say, well, a lot to yell, including “wa wa ko!” which is basically a kid’s way of saying “I’m upset!”, followed by “help me!” and “I want to go outside”. We all felt for her, but the drama reached comedic levels, and even mom Mary Grace couldn’t help but smirk. As soon as she was done and cleaned up, the smile returned. Mary Grace told her “Now you can go to school!” which brought huge grins. A dream come true for Jev Jev!
Mary Joy popped by for a dressing change today, so we got a sneak peek of her foot. Her toes are lying nice and flat, and her big toe, which probably looks “off” to you all, will straighten as things heal up and that skin graft loosens. The dressing spot was tender, but she still kept up her awesome smile in between scolding Dr. Jun for “touching” her foot. As usual, he just took it all in stride, a skill you definitely need when dealing with kids!
Angel’s arm is looking fantastic, and she is super happy about it! An X-ray showed that everything is nearly healed, so her life can return to normal. Well, almost. Dr. Reyes wants her to come back in a few months, and until then, she’s not allowed to play any sports. It would be zero fun to re-break something, so she needs to be patient just a bit longer. You can’t see it in the picture, but ironically, her t-shirt reads. “I Love PE!” She’ll get to be active again soon!
Apreal gave us big hugs when we saw her this morning, we love this sweet girl! She was back for a follow up, and while there was some concern that she still isn’t walking straight, Dr. Jun assured Apreal’s mom that it’s normal, and will take a while for her legs to even out. And no, Dr. Jun isn’t confused as to why she was at CURE, he also checked the flexibility in her arms! Apparently she has had some struggles there as well, but it sounds like with some strengthening, she’ll be fine. Apreal was “released” today, and we won’t see her back unless something comes up. We love how much you all supported her, thank you for all your prayers!
We got to hang with Arnel one more day, he didn’t quite make the discharge cut off yesterday, but he is definitely headed home today. After we found out that Arnel doesn’t have a very soft bed at home, Madel went out and got a foam pad so his recovery will be as comfortable as possible. He returns in just two weeks for a check up, we look forward to seeing this smile again!
This is the sign of true concentration, the patented side-tongue! June has spent most of the day in the playroom playing video games, watching a magic show, and making a whole lot of friends with kids who came for free clinic. Mary Anne told us June woke up “super hyper” after sleeping all day yesterday, so the playroom is a great place to blow off some energy!
“Where are your Oreos?!? In your belly?” we asked Rovejan earlier. He just grinned and gave us the Filipino eyebrow raise which means “yes”. Since his cookies were gone, he resorted to sucking his thumb, another way to self comfort, and with a lot less sugar! He’s really doing great overall, and seems to be comfortable. It looks like he’ll be going home tomorrow, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for all your prayers for Rovejan!
Our adorable little man had a pretty rough day yesterday after surgery, and even today, the smile hasn’t returned. Joel told us that Jeb Jeb has been a lot of since yesterday. He was resting when we visited earlier, but we could tell her was teetering on the edge of falling apart, so we only stayed for a few minutes and got out before the tears started. Please keep praying for Jeb Jeb, and for better days ahead!
Things were better for Peter today. His father was able to bring more information on the tuberculosis medication. Peter has been on the medicine for five months, which means he needs another four to complete it. Dr. Mbugua was happy with his progress and we even got to see how well he walks with only one crutch now. Peter will need to come back for review at our Meru clinic, June 15th. Please keep him in your prayers!
It was a good day for Wilson as he got to transition out of a cast and into his new ankle-foot orthosis braces! Just like before, Wilson couldn’t help but smile when he saw his healing foot that had been hidden underneath the cast. Wilson’s mom told us she finished Bible school so we gave her a big congratulations. We get to see Wilson and his mother again April 20th back here in Meru.
Well, it's no shock that Sharon's brace straps had fallen off again for as playful as she is! They were able to come today and get them fixed. We have changed their clinic to Meru instead of Embu but will continue to look out for them in both places. Sharon and her sweet grandmother both came with friendly smiles for everyone. Sharon showed off by showing Dr. Watson her age, “One, two, three, four five, six!” she told us while holding up each finger. Sharon is walking very well and we were happy to help by fixing her braces, making walking even smoother! We plan to see them again April 20th in Meru.
We finally saw Miriam today after some time and the doctors were so happy to see her. Mariam has been coming to CURE for a long time, and seeing her grow up is a joy. They have decided to wait on an osteotomy and instead they just removed the hardware she has right now, because it was protruding and giving her pain. They are still sorting out when they can return to Kijabe, but are expected to call CURE on Friday and get a final date.
Jedidah came today with a big smile on her face! Dr. Watson reviewed her and measured her arm flexion and writing ability. She is making good progress and won’t need to come back for almost a year! Until Jedidah is finished growing, she will need to continue coming for review to ensure her bones do not outgrow the repaired skin. We plan to see her again on November 17th.
Estery had her surgery yesterday! Dr. Inyas and Dr. Minor took a wedge of bone from her tibia to make the bone straight and added a wedge in the joint of her knee to correct the angle. They put some wires in to hold everything in place. She's in the ward recovering today and it looks like she's doing well!
Christina's doing more therapy with the occupational therapists! Today she was reaching for toys on a ledge and putting them in a box, as well as doing some other range of movement exercises! Her grandmother really wants to go home, so we're trying to teach her how to do the physio at home so that the skin won't contract again when she's away!
Zahira is gone! We saw her earlier this morning and the doctors said she could go home if her x-rays looked good and she was healing well - which apparently she was! We went to the ward to photograph her in her lovely green dress before she left but just missed her! We grabbed a photo of her little friend Fernanda instead since Zahira has left the building! We'll be sure to catch her when she comes back for review!
We found out why Lawrence was sleeping so much! He has a bit of a fever, but no other symptoms, so we aren't quite sure what the cause was. The doctors are going to put him on some medication and hopefully he'll be better in a couple days! Please be praying that it's nothing serious!
Sepo is still in the hospital waiting for surgery tomorrow. She is having a good time waiting and she jokingly told us that she will eat all she can today because she will be too busy crying after the pain of surgery. Tomorrow, she gets work done on her left leg and she says she is not scared because she has to feel pain to get better.
Medina was here with us today and she is doing great! The doctors say she has good alignment but has some tenderness on the distal tibia, otherwise she is doing good. She will be back in three months for another checkup and we will see her then. Please keep her in your prayers!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
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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