Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
Armie was back unexpectedly this morning. She’s been experiencing pain in her left leg, then her incision began to bleed pretty heavily. She was immediately taken to the operating room, and while the bleeding had subsided, she needed a new cast and will have surgery again on Monday to correct whatever’s going on. Details are still a bit fuzzy, but the important thing is Armie is stable and even managed to give us a smile while telling us she was OK, always the optimist!
June was officially discharged last night, but he was having so much fun he decided to hang around another day! Actually, it was just too late to leave yesterday by the time everything was done, but June honestly didn’t seem to mind being here. He and Madel spent some time praying this morning, and we wanted to take some candid shots, but he couldn’t help but keep on posing, we have a model in the making!
Rovejan was digging the bubbles this morning! It was a little chilly in the ward, so he and Evelyn were bundled under the covers, but Rovejan kept poking out to pop bubbles. He hasn’t been out and about a whole lot, but sometimes patients are content to just hang in the ward and relax. He’ll be getting out today though, and gets to go home!
Hey, look what returned! Jeb Jeb’s smile! It was only induced by bubbles, lots and lots of bubbles, and when they stopped, so did the smiles. We’re happy to have found something he really enjoys though, with as cheery as he was Tuesday, it’s been tough to watch his be so bummed out. He gets to go home tomorrow though, hopefully that will improve his mood. Thanks for all your prayers for Jeb Jeb, we’ll see him back soon!
Juvannie will be hanging out for the weekend, then he will be discharged Monday after another dressing change, which we are sure will go smoother than his last! Madel did a short sermon for Juvannie and his family today, but the real star of the morning was Matthew, Juvannie’s baby brother. He is ridiculously cute, all smiles, and is so outgoing around new people! We got some serious snuggles from him, and then he kept smiling for the camera, adorable! Juvannie says he’s feeling a lot better, and is excited to go home next week.
We didn’t see Christopher at clinic today due to a hospital strike in Embu. We had to set up clinic in an empty church! There were pastors and guards at the hospital entrance letting patients know where to find us, and it is possible some families just heard of the strike and didn’t come. We will be praying for Christopher wherever he is and hope to see him April 21st when we come back to Embu.
It doesn’t take much to get this lady to shy away! We had fun talking with her today and asking about school. “It’s moving along,” Teresia noted, having to return to school after seeing the doctor. Because of a hospital strike in Embu today, we had to set up our clinic at an empty church. This means, unfortunately, Teresia wasn’t able to get a new x-ray today. She is still having some pain, and Dr. Mbugua asked them to come back for our next clinic, April 21st with a new x-ray. Please join us in prayer for her and her mother as they manage the pain until then.
We tried reaching out to Chikondi's folks by phone again this week and we were still not able to get through. We are hoping to see her mid-June when we are at a clinic near her home. Please keep praying for her and we will keep you in the loop if we hear anything!
We got a chance to speak to Jedidiah's mom, Felistus, on the phone today! She told us that Jedidiah is doing ok although his leg still gives him problems. Felistus says that they will back to CURE in July. Jedidiah is currently in school and that is why we were not able to chat with him during the day. Join us in praying for his safe return to CURE!
Sepo went in for surgery today and her left leg was worked on and straightened! Her leg was later placed in a cast and she will remain like that for a few weeks. Sepo has been in pain since coming out of anesthesia and crying, she is not a happy camper and that is understandable! However, we keep catching her checking out her newly straightened leg!
We caught up with Chisomo's folks over the phone today! They reported to us that Chisomo has healed well, is happy and is attending school! That makes us happy too! We don't expect to see Chisomo back at the hospital unless a problem comes up. Thank you for partnering with us, for your prayers for Chisomo and being a part of his healing journey!
Ausi went into surgery this afternoon where his doctor performed a ventriculoscopy, a fenestration of membranes, and placed a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The procedure went well Ausi is now resting in the ICU where he will spend the night and hopefully be moved to the ward tomorrow morning. Please pray that Ausi will have a full and quick recovery.
We brought George get-well messages for the first time today! He and his mom were surprised and thankful that people on the other side of the world were praying for him and sending him messages! Thandy asked George how he was feeling and he said he was looking forward to going home and attending school! Unfortunately, he'll need wound checks and maybe dressings for at least another week or two, so please be praying that when we inspect his hand next week the skin graft will have taken well so he can go home sooner rather than later!
Lawrence is still quiet today, but says he's feeling better - we think he's recovering from his fever! Thank you for praying for our sweet boy! He was enjoying lunch today and gave us one of his brilliant smiles! He's been a bit more active today and we got a chance to bring him get-well messages from people in the States, which he really enjoyed!
We caught up with Estery enjoying lunch here at the hospital! One of the awesome things about CURE is that our hospitals provide three healthy meals a day for the child and their guardian! Estery's doing well today, she's quite a pro at surgery and seems unfazed by having surgery two days ago!
Kelvin went in for surgery today and he did great in there! Our surgeons decided to start with his right leg and that procedure involved de-rotation of the tibia bone and inserting pins to hold it in place. The surgery was a success and he is now in the ward resting. Please keep him in your prayers for a fast and smooth recovery.
Christina is having a lot of fun running around the hospital! We brought her get-well messages and then she ran off to rinse some clothes and said she was very busy! So responsible! She says she's so happy to be able to cook and wash again now that she can move her arm. We caught her doing some physio exercises with her grandmother! So cute!
Noel had a good and uneventful night in ICU. All her vitals are stable and she is feeding well so this morning, she was transferred back to the general ward. Josephine and some of the other mothers had devotions in the ward just before they went for lunch and Josephine enjoyed it. We are praying that Noel continues to show good progress in her recovery!
Juvannie was much more calm today, back to his quiet self. Before we interrupted their quiet time, Maruja was sitting on the bed trying to comfort Juvannie's pain while Alejandro was on the extra bed reading the Bible. Everyone in the room was all relaxed as he's been recovering. Juvannie told us that this procedure was more painful than the last one, but he still keeps his head up. So before we left, Amy who was visiting the hospital, prayed for Juvannie and asked God to take his pain away.
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!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
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