Recent Patient Updates
Joseph and his mum were intending on leaving yesterday, but it doesn't look like they made it out! Hopefully they'll be able to get on the bus to Mzuzu over the weekend. Joseph was playing with a 50 kwacha note and even smiled for CKC Avanell when she took it and put it on his head! Also, we realized we forgot to tell you all - the skin rash is just eczema and his mom was given some medication to treat it!
Last night we were spending some time at CURE, and Agnes walked in the door! “Agnes, you’re here!” we exclaimed and gave her a hug. We were so happy to see her! This morning she had an appointment to check on her spine. She had to do some waiting, so we got to spend time with her, her Grandma Agnes, and Florence, who came with them and works for Compassion (Agnes is a Compassion child). We had some fun with them and shared some laughs. Agnes told us that she has not gone back to school yet. When asked what she’s been doing, she said, “I eat, and I sleep.” She also gets to read sometimes! They took an x-ray of Agnes' back and one of the rods that they implanted during surgery has moved a little bit and is causing Agnes some discomfort. The plan right now is for her to sleep on her back, try and not to bend over too much, and take pain meds if needed. She will come back on November 18th unless something changes and she needs to come sooner. Please be praying for her to not be worried about all of this. And also -- be praying for her to see her worth in God’s eyes. We think she struggles with some insecurities due to her condition. She’s so beautiful and fun, pray that she’ll realize this!
When we saw Shirleen today, she didn’t have tears! She seems to still be having some pain though. They had to give her more pain meds today. Shirleen’s mom, Susan, told us that Shirleen would have to go back to theatre on Monday so that her legs can be recasted. When we asked Susan how she was, she said, “I am stressed.” After talking a bit, we offered to pray, and when we finished, Susan was crying, she’s got such a sweet mama's heart, because her baby is hurting, she’s hurting. We offered to bring books for Susan to read with Shirleen, hoping to help distract. When we brought the books, Shirleen dove right in! Please be praying for both these ladies. For Shirleen, that she wouldn’t have any pain and that she would heal. And for Susan, that she would rest in God, knowing he holds both her and her daughter in His hands.
“God is Great! He is doing well, he can eat, he can talk, laugh even, he can even sit down,” said Chemutai. She is very happy that the operation is over and for him to be doing so well. “I am now okay, I am very fine, now I am very happy,” said Chemutai. This afternoon Ashim, nurse Caren, and other staff members watched WALL-E. Please keep Ashim in your prayers, that his recovery will continue to be smooth.
Gloria is eating well and seems to be improving all around! Her doctors say, they have no concerns about her, she is still here just to finish her antibiotic treatment. Godfrey has been pushing her around the hospital a lot and keeping her sitting as part of her physical therapy. Please continue to be praying for them to have a full recovery and for them to go home soon.
“I am very happy to see my baby eating,” said Shamim. Today, Nelvin has been eating biscuits which is a major improvement and very exciting to Shamim to see him eat again. There is hope his NG tube can be removed soon. He seems to have more energy and to be more aware. Nelvin and Shamim received several get well messages which are wonderful sources of encouragement to them, they are thankful for the prayers they have received. Please continue to pray for Nelvin that he will breathe well without additional oxygen.
“Thank you for praying (for) Joshua,” said Irene today when they received many get well messages. They have been a big encouragement to her. She is very happy that the operation is over and is hoping that they will go home soon. Tomorrow the dressing will be removed and the wound site will be examined and this will determine how soon they can go home. Please keep Joshua in your prayers that he will continue to improve.
We heard giggles in the hallway and found Coco having a blast catching bubbles! Although being in the clinic room wasn't as fun as being in the hallway, his pins came out, so we are glad that's out of the way. His bone still needs to heal some more and needs to stay in a cast, so we gave him a new one to go home with.
Joshriel went for a quick stop at clinic so we can see how he's doing, but the quick stop turned into some time waiting since there was a lot of kids who came in for a follow-up. Good thing he brought in a tablet to keep himself busy, he was so occupied that he didn't want to be interrupted at all. Joshriel still scissors when he walks, so more PT visits will be required of him. We'll keep you posted when he gets back!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 23
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- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% Fundraising
Why I Support CURE
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