Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 23
“I feel like the metal is scratching me from the inside, but it's not painful at all.” That was Isaac’s answer today when the doctor asked him how he was feeling. The doctor, after examining him, established that thankfully his feeling was more psychological than medical. It's been a while since we saw this young gentleman, but his leg has healed well, and now Isaac is ready to go through the surgery for his right foot. The doctor told his father they should plan to come to CURE as soon as possible. Let's continue praying for them as they plan to come back to Kijabe. He was in the company of his small brother Job, and he assured us that he is taking good care of him.
Today, Job showed up at our Machakos clinic in the company of his brother Isaac and their father. Though he had some mild pain in his left shoulder, he still had a smile on his face. The doctor examined him and gave him a prescription for the pain. Job’s father was requested to take him for an X-ray scan before the next clinic. Apart from that, Job is doing great, the fracture site has completely healed, and the pain on his left leg is now gone. “Last term, I was number three in class!” Job said, with a smile on his face. He told us he's ready to resume school next Wednesday to continue working hard. We hope to meet him again on our next clinic here in October, and let's continue praying for him as he gets back to his studies!
It was a bit harder to tease a smile out of Shelifa today. When you're as fun loving and energetic as Shelifa is, being stuck in bed with a plaster cast on your leg isn't the best time. Hopefully she'll be back on her feet in no time with a little help from our physiotherapists. Keep praying for her!
Ousseina’s leg keeps getting better and better. The more she comes, the more we can see it straightening out! As she has an external fixator on it, she just needs to wait and see! She’s confident and patient, and please keep her in your prayers as the healing process goes on!
Chisomo was full of energy today - as always! Even just one day after having surgery, this guy is in top form. Chisomo speaks a local language that we don't know, so this afternoon he tried to teach us some! Unfortunately we were terrible at it, which amused him a lot. In the spirit of reciprocation, we thought we'd teach him something new as well, so we got him learning to write. He's very good at drawing lines! What a boss. Thanks for your prayers for him!
Marlon is now a happy kid! He had a meltdown post-surgery since he was not allowed to eat anything before that and he was super hungry, but now that he is back on track with his meals he is in the best shape that he can be post-surgery! Thus, we are all happy! We thank God that other than that post-surgery hunger, Marlon hasn’t had any problems with his foot. Well, except the fact that he got tired of replaying the movie “El Rio” and can basically quote all the characters. He was so ready to get his IV taken out so that he could freely move and go to the playroom. He ended up spending most of his time on the PlayStation with his sister Marielle who is currently watching him while Perlita is away. Please continue praying for Marlon as we watch his progress this week!
Our prayers have been answered and Joanna Paula definitely got a full rest- almost all day! She had a headache earlier today which explains the ice pack on her head. She has also been feeling really weak which explains why she’s snoozing every time we walked in the room to check on her. We took a last peek before we called it a day and saw that she’s definitely feeling a lot better given that she was awake, the lack of ice pack on her head, and the yummy chocolate ice cream cone in her hand! We also found out that one of the times when we thought she was still snoozing, our PT Alex walked in and got her up and using the walker. Joanna Paula now walks to the bathroom and back to her bed. Hopefully, she will regain more of her energy tomorrow and we can take a snap of her on her feet!
3rdy had a great day today! It started off being able to sleep in the morning, reading get well messages from some of his followers online, and all-afternoon playtime in the playroom including one-on-one storytelling with our children’s mentor, Cyra! For dinner, Madel, our spiritual director, brought in more food from “Jollibee,” his favorite fast food chain. That’s twice in a row! We try not to spoil our kids here but they’re too awesome that we just can’t help but reward them! So far, he hasn’t had any rough moments since after he got back from the waiting room yesterday, so that’s a good sign! Thank you for keeping 3rdy in your prayers and being a part of his amazing day!
Lezill looks all dolled up when we first saw her today! It’s either that or maybe because she’s naturally gorgeous with that luscious hair. But seriously, she looks good post-surgery! We must confess though, we were a bit concerned about her status post-surgery. Older patients usually have a hard time coping after a procedure, but Lezill proved this trend wrong! God is so good! Even if she feels a bit weird having casts on both legs, she was able to get up and walk using a walker. Before we left today, we saw her walk out of the bathroom and it looks like she’s getting on with her daily needs with minimal help. Thank you for praying for Lezill! We hope that she continues to show great progress before getting discharged.
CJ, quiet as always, had his second and final cast removed today, his leg looks straight and an x-ray confirmed that everything has healed perfectly. He was so happy that he even smiled for a picture today, he has a pretty awesome grin, we're glad he decided to share it! Dr. Tim wants to see him back in 6 weeks, and he told CJ that small steps were fine, stretching is great, but no slam dunks quite yet! We hope his surgery was sucessful enough to allow slam dunks in the future, thanks for all your prayers for CJs healing!
Jaica is standing, still with help, but she’s making big steps in her recovery! He legs are getting stronger all the time, and we just know she’ll be walking unattended soon. There has been some discussion about having her live in a town an hour or so south of here, at a recovery center, which will give her intense, dedicated therapy, since she’s so close to walking, but needs some extra help. There are a lot of details to work out, the family certainly wants to be with her, and we want that too! Would you join us in prayer for Jaica and her family? Please pray for wisdom and provision so Jaica can continue to grow stronger!
Wincess was back for a follow up, and while she’s not running marathons yet, she is walking, and her hip is staying in place! She spent some time in physical therapy to learn a few strengthening exercises. The nine hour overnight bus trip proved to be tiring this time around, and Wincess spent most of the morning sleeping while they waited. She did find time to peek out the 5th Floor window with Dodong, which was one of her favorite views while she was here for surgery last Spring. Thanks for all the ongoing prayers, this little one is doing great!
The day we’ve been waiting for came! Elvie told us that J-Vie has been standing on his casts, so we asked if he was sure he wanted them off, since he was doing so well with them on. He decided it was worth the risk! So, everyone watched in anticipation as Dr. Tim removed the green casts, it was like Christmas morning! It was just as fun watching Joel and Elvie’s reactions, they were so blown away at the change. After a final x-ray, Elvie asked, “Is it awesome?!” Yep, awesome indeed! Now J-Vie gets to start working on taking steps, he stood a few times in the physical therapy room, and gave it everything he had, until collapsing in the chair from exhaustion. He knows it’ll be tough, but he’s ready to get to work. Stay tuned for those first cast-free steps, coming soon!
Abby gets to go home today! She was so excited to see Abigail this morning, even though Abigail really wasn’t in the mood to smile for pictures. Abby was frustrated in the playroom when her sister ran around having fun, and she was stuck in her wheelchair. She wants to try and walk, and stood a bit earlier, but needs to wait just a bit before putting pressure on her leg. We were tired just watching the pair interact, Emie sure is a hard working mama! Abby will be back in a few weeks to get the cast off, then she’ll be ready to run alongside her sister!
“He is in some pain but we hope he is better soon. Even his family misses him; he always tells them jokes,” Mary explained. Elias’s mother has left a baby and two other children at home while being at CURE and they are anxious to get back. But what they are experiencing here is for the better. Despite the pain and the confinement, Elias smiled all morning and talked about the things he will do in casts—mostly coloring. This family is so grateful for the get well messages and support they have received so far!
Gracious spent the night in ICU and will soon be moved to the general ward, which makes Pamela happy. She doesn’t like the ICU because she can’t sleep with Gracious, the beds for the parents are located outside of the ICU, and if Pamela leaves, Gracious will begin crying. Besides the restless night Pamela and Gracious are both doing okay. The plan at the moment is to let the hernia heal, then to run a shunt from the sack into the abdomen, however there is a lot of concern about the shunt getting infected. The medical team has been working very hard to try to come up with the best solution for Gracious. Please pray that Gracious will have a quick recovery and for guidance and wisdom for his doctors.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 23
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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