Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
We missed Stephen's last appointment in May, but we are happy to let you know that he his doing great! He was here today for another review, and his leg has healed very well. He is now walking upright with just a slight limp. We were happy to see how much progress he has made! "Next year I am finishing high school!" he told us with a smile on his face. He'll be back in May next year and we look forward to seeing him again then.
We finally had a chance to deliver Eda's get-well messages! We went to her bed and she was so happy today! She was drinking a milk-based energy drink and seemed to be enjoying it a lot! We read her messages and she loved hearing from people who are supporting and praying for her overseas!
Priscila’s respiratory problems continue. She is still on oxygen, and the problem is thought to be in her upper airway. The next course of action is unclear at this time. Proscovia has spent her day both in the ICU and sitting outside with a few mothers. Please keep Priscila in your prayers, that her respiratory problems will clear up, and pray for comfort for Proscovia.
Ryan wasn't in such a good mood today, because they had to travel a long distance to get here, so upon arrival, he was tired and crying. We tried to cheer him up, and then after a while, he slept. He was actually so tired, he slept through most of the review by the doctor! But everything is going great, and there aren't any complications, so we will see him again in four weeks time, when his cast will be removed. Let's continue praying for him.
Sylvia continues to improve, and her main line was taken out today, as well as her catheter. Right now, there is a high probability she will be moved to the ward tomorrow. She had a fever, which broke this afternoon, taking her temperature down from 102.2 to 98.8. She is still highly medicated, but we spoke briefly with her, and she said she was feeling fine but her head hurt. Her “baby” balloon is tied to the side of her bed, and she has been playing a little with it. Please keep Sylvia in your prayers as she continues her recovery!
Sten had a splint made today! Our lovely physio Sarah made a thermoplastic splint for him, by molding a special plastic into the shape of his hand. He will have to wear it non-stop for several months, and then he can start wearing it only at night. He will then have a brace to wear in the day, so he can use his hands more, and then a more constricting one to wear at night. Let's pray he'll stick to the plan and stay committed to wearing it, because if he doesn't, his hand might revert back to the way it was.
Salome came for her follow-up today in the company of her brother. She is now on school break and told us she is having a great time at home, helping around with any chores she can. The long leg casts she got a month ago were already broken at the knees, which shows just how active she has been! She had them removed, and her legs are now in better shape for all her exercising, and her hard work is showing! She's gained noticeable strength. She was given long leg braces to hold her legs in place as she continues exercising them. Let’s keep praying for her, that soon she will be walking. We look forward to seeing her again early next year when we visit her school!
Thank you for keeping CJ in your prayers! He went through his surgery today, where Dr. Bajun performed hip and knee tendon releases to allow CJ to be more mobile. In the meantime, CJ will be in a cast, so please pray he will be able to adjust to that, so he can be fully healed. Thankfully, the surgery went well and CJ's now back in the ward!
Jacqueline came back for her dressing change! If all goes as planned, she should have wound dressings Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which means we'll be seeing a lot of her! She changed her hairdo too since she's been gone! We like it! She says she's doing well, but she seemed a little sleepy still, since it was so early!
Flora's going into surgery today for her left leg! Please keep her in your prayers, that the surgery will go well and that she won't be in a lot of pain at the other end! We showed her some photos from her first trip to the operating room, and she said she wasn't in there, because she doesn't remember it! We told her she was asleep, but we're not sure if she believed us. We think her straight right leg should be enough proof!
Today we found Ndaziona playing Bao with her friend Adija...we're pretty sure she was losing, but she seemed to be a pretty good sport about it! Her friend Alena was watching too. We're so glad that the kids in the ward all get along so well, and it's awesome that they get a chance to see other kids who have to deal with similar difficulties!
Well, Joanna Paula had good news and bad news today. The bad news is she told us that this recovery is more painful than the last one on her foot. But, the good news is, it’s done, and for now, it’s the last time she’ll have to worry about surgery. She still wasn’t feeling too awesome today, and was fighting a bit of a fever, but was still all smiles as she watched TV and relaxed. Please be praying for Joanna Paula, she deserves a better day tomorrow!
There have been a few instances where some of our kids' surgeries were postponed, because they started not feeling well right before surgery, which is also something that we'd like prayer for. We hate to send our patients home without getting surgery and reschedule them again, since most of them have been waiting for this for a long time. This week we thought it would happen to Renz. He had a little cough going on right before surgery, so he was rescheduled to the end of the surgery list, after a couple patients went in, and we praise God that Renz didn't have to wait any longer! When we sent him back to use the nebulizer, he immediately started feeling better and was able to go through with his surgery, which by the way, went so well! Thanks for praying for Renz!
Clamps, needles, hammer, and scalpel were a few of the instruments used during Cheradee's surgery. The doctors worked on her left foot first and then moved on to the right, and within two hours, Cheradee was out of the OR and done with her surgery. Thanks for praying for her! She's now back in the ward resting.
We were warned this morning that John Carl was in a lot of pain, so we proceeded to his room with caution. He had one of the biggest, yet most adorable, frowns we’ve seen in a long time, but he was still a very gracious host. He showed us the picture he drew the night before his surgery, a farm with yes, a building on it. And, when we asked if we could take his picture with it, he nodded, mustered his cute grin, which immediately returned to a grumpy face afterward. What a good sport though! Please keep praying for an extra dose of comfort and healing for John Carl!
Always with a smile, Delia was carefully watching over her youngest baby today, making sure he was as comfortable as possible. Dr. Tim checked on Christard this morning, and was glad to hear that he had been scooting all over his bed last night, a good sign of progress. He didn’t get much sleep, but was making up for it this afternoon. We love seeing kids sleep, it means they’re at least somewhat content. Thanks for all the prayers for Christard, please keep them coming!
Jea was indeed smiling today! She was even joking around, telling us that she had no pain at all. She was close to the truth, she’s still hurting, but her overall pain levels have dropped. Cyra was passing out candy in the ward earlier, and, like most girls, Jea was all about the chocolate coins, which induced more grins. We’re loving it!
Cyra tried, unsuccessfully, to read with Collen earlier today. She kept crying in fear that Cyra would give her a surprise injection at any moment, and no amount of reassurance would convince her otherwise. Sometimes we know it’s just best to leave kids alone and let them rest. She’s doing much better than yesterday though, and when we checked on her a while later, she was snoozing away, and the only shots we did were with our camera!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
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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