Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 23
Boniemarz was at the clinic to get his cast off! His foot is now healed! Praise God! No more casts for him! We can definitely do a dance duo now! But first, Dr. Reyes referred them to the physical therapy department so he can do some stretches and learn some muscle exercises. It looks like Boniemarz and Bongbong are going to stop by a shoe shop to get him a new pair of comfortable and sturdy kicks to get him started with walking. We are so grateful to see him fully healed and we thank you for praying with us!
Arnold is back! Even if he's tiny, you will never miss him because he's rocking a red beanie bigger than his head! He's here for a follow up and cast exchange. He was back to his quiet self when we first met up with him, just a little shy since it's been a couple weeks since we last saw him. But unlike his initial exposure at the hospital, Arnold is not terrified of the staff anymore. He didn't even shed a tear during the cast removal. We are so proud of this dude! Thank you for all of your prayers! His foot is healing pretty well, we were able to replace his cast and he will see him back for another check-up later!
We're super pumped to see Shelifa out of bed and looking way happier today! She's still not quite her bouncy self, but she's feeling much better than she was yesterday. She's actually heading home this afternoon, and will be back at the end of October to have the cast removed. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement for Shelifa while she's been in hospital, we'll update you again when we see her next!
Our man Chisomo has arms outstretched ready to catch the incoming balloon! Heaps of fun was had in the playroom this morning, proving that even if you have cast(s) on your leg(s) you can still have a good time! Chisomo's headed home this afternoon, he'll be back in October for a follow up so watch out for him then. We'll make sure we update you on his progress!
Praise is hardly missing being able to leap around after a balloon - her massive arm movements are pretty much making up for the lack! We had a lot of fun in the playroom this morning, before she and Anne, her mom, set off for home. Praise will be back in October for a follow up appointment, so keep an eye out for an update from her then!
This little girl took a long trip to Davao today! Even though her mom Jamie Lynne works in town, they preferred to have Jhayelle stay with her grandma during the process of healing. Both her grandma and Jhayelle took a long bus ride to make it to her follow-up. Poor Jhayelle immediately faced that frightening sound of the cast cutter so it freaked her out! But when she realized that it wasn't hurting her, she calmed down a bit. She is now cast-free and walking in her shoes! Her mom needs to help her stretch out her muscles but she's definitely ready to walk! We praise God for Jhayelle's healing and we appreciate you praying for her along the way!
Look who showed up today! Orio is back and even more active without a heavy cast on! He seems to be adjusting pretty well with the brace just by looking at the way he walks. We thank God that his foot is now fully touching the ground, but he definitely still needs to work on some exercises to get used to a new way of walking. Right now, he's compensating between the usual tip toeing to normal walking. It's going to take some time, but we are excited to see that he's continuously healing.
Elias had his cast changed today and was not so thrilled about it. He had trouble sleeping last night from the pain and is still in pain today. So we asked, “do you want to color or sleep?” and he responded quickly, “color.” He is still forcing a smile and being the sweet boy he is, but we are praying for comfort. “The pain is only for a time,” Mary reminded us all. And we know she’s right. It looks like he will be discharged over the weekend, but we will keep you updated.
3rdy is getting better every day and is ready to go home! He felt so good and sang a song about “every single cell of his body being happy.” Thankfully, we got that on camera and soon we will upload it for you to see! But before he left, he was hanging out with his dad Rodolfo in the playroom while Mitzi was processing the paperwork for being discharged. He was making lego towers which had a parking garage for the cars and a spot for his favorite animal donkey. We thank God that 3rdy is feeling better! We'll keep you posted - he'll be back in 3 weeks!
Marlon is going home today! He has to hop on his other foot to move around with Marielle’s help. It looks like he will be getting a lot of help at home too since Perlita will be around, so Marlon will be okay. However, He isn’t very okay with the idea that he has to go home today and leave the playroom. While playing for the last time with 3rdy, another patient, he said, “I’m not excited to go home. I don’t want to leave.” As much as we agree with him, he will have to continue his healing process at home, so that he will be able to go back to school soon. Please continue praying for Marlon. We will see him again in 4 weeks!
Sleeping Beauty is awake! All the sleeping yesterday paid off though, JoAnna Paula is feeling great today, and her smile has returned. She told us she doesn’t have any pain, and is looking forward to returning home tomorrow so she can get back to helping around the house. Because after all, you don’t need functioning legs to wash dishes! She’s one busy girl, but we’re hoping she takes a bit of time for herself though and rests so she can heal well!
So as the saying goes, two steps forward, one step back. Lezill’s in pain today, which is compounded by a headache. The good news is, she tells us that everything between her head and feet feels great! She is resting this morning, so we’re hoping it’ll give her time to recover some before her 4 hour trip home tomorrow. We had a chance to pray with her for healing this morning, please join us in praying for Lezill’s continued healing after she leaves CURE, we’re looking forward to seeing her back in about 6 weeks!
Thank you for praying for Gladimer! He came back today and his X-ray result looks great. Thus, we were able to take the pins out! He was so nervous about the fact that we were just going to pull the pin out, so he didn't say a word the whole entire time. As usual, his grandma Gloria filled in the silence. We thank God that the pins are finally pulled out and he can start doing physical therapy to regain his arm mobility! He will continue with his exercises at home and we will keep up with him next month to see his progress.
We’ve enjoyed seeing not only Dave John’s physical healing over the last several months, but the continued growth in his maturity. He had his last cast removed, and he fussed a bit, but it wasn’t the screaming hysterics that he’s unleashed in the past, we're so proud of him! His feet are straight in comparison to his lower leg, but he walks with his entire leg turned inward, which makes it look like he still had clubfeet. PT specialist Alex set him up with a pair of braces that will hopefully turn his legs in the correct position, then he’ll be good to go! We’ll be sure to keep you updated, thanks for following Dave John!
We got to see Warren’s sweet face this afternoon, he had a follow up to check out how his amputation spot has healed. He's still quiet and shy, but he has a much happier spirit than when he first came to clinic months ago. He got a stamp of approval on his leg, everything looks fabulous, and he is ready for his prosthetic! Juphil told us that he’ll get it in the next 6 months, we know he’s looking forward to being on his feet again! And, we can’t wait to see it!
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