Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
Arnel just might be our happiest pre-op patient to date! He can’t stop smiling, and even when we asked how his nerves were doing, he said he’s excited, and not nervous at all! We’re glad to know he’s calm, the rest of us are waiting in anxious anticipation. Dr. Tim, who has done countless surgeries, said earlier that this is the kind of surgery that “you make sure you get a good night of sleep before.” There are a handful of scenarios that may unfold, each one a bit trickier, it just depends on how much damage the TB has caused. We know he’s in great hands, both here on earth, and also in God’s hands! Please be praying for the best case scenario, we’re so excited to see Arnel healed!
Our princess Apreal was the first surgery this morning, and while it was long and tedious, as expected, it’s done and she can just focus on healing. She saw a few needles, her one fear, but she handled it well, we were proud of her! The doctors got her hip back in place, and used a huge arsenal of hardware to keep it there. She’s resting now in recovery, and we hope she wakes up still feeling like a princess, and not a toad! Thanks for your prayers!
We walked into work today thinking that it would be quiet in the hospital since it's a non-working holiday. Well, it's actually pretty lively because Jea and her chatty self is here! She came in for an emergency check up because one of the pins was slowly slipping out of her leg. Thankfully, Dr. Tim was around and saw that the pin was about ready to emerge, so he pulled it out in a matter of seconds! Jea was surprised that it happened so quick before she could even say a word! We replaced her cast with a cylinder cast which is a lot smaller in size than the last one. This will allow her to practice putting weight on her foot. Her next follow-up appointment is postponed for another month since she had this impromptu one. Until then, please keep praying for her healing!
Ruth was back today for a review and she's doing super well! She was full of laughs as usual, and doesn't have any complaints about her leg. She was stoked to catch up with her friend Lucius too, who is one of our nursing assistants here. Thanks heaps for continuing to pray for Ruth!
"Esther is improving," says Mary. She hasn't had any health issues since she was discharged. She was scheduled for follow-up today and so Mary brought her. Esther was in the laboratory for a malaria test and complete blood count (CBC) and everything turned out good. We thank God for that!
This one was back for her review appointment today! She's still on the crutches, but we've encouraged her not to be afraid to put weight on her leg. Lisnert told us she's looking forward to going back to school when the school year starts in a few weeks, and she's also looking forward to meeting the new baby brother or sister that her family is expecting any week now! She'll be back in six months for us to have another look at her leg, keep an eye out for her then! Thanks for continuing to pray for her!
Jahuhara has had a hard morning today. At 10:30 she was moved from the general ward to the ICU because she was having respiratory problems. She is currently resting in the ICU and is on oxygen. Prior to her respiratory problems things were looking good, she has begun to feed from a bottle and spoon. Please pray that her respiratory issues will quickly be resolved and she will be able to return to the ward and be scheduled for surgery soon.
Gracious has been doing okay as he is recovering from his surgery. His doctors have informed Pamela that Gracious will most likely go back into surgery this week. Pamela described her weekend as boring, the only highlight was the church service where the children in the hospital were prayed over. Please pray for Gracious' upcoming operation and comfort for Pamela as she waits.
Emmanuel was discharged on Saturday which is why we didn't get a chance to get a photo, but we will see them again in a month at outreach clinic and get one then! We will give Evelyn a call in a few days to hear how they are doing. Please keep Emmanuel and Evelyn in your prayers.
Sure enough, Elias went home on Saturday. We should see him again in Embu the second week of October where we plan to remove his cast. Before he left, he was fitted for an ankle-foot orthosis and should receive it at the clinic. We can't wait to see this smiling boy again soon!
Zerabiruk is back for his operation! He came in yesterday for admission and he will have his operation today. He has made a couple of friends in the ward and while waiting for his turn to be called to the operating room he spent his morning playing!
Sarah and Chris arrived to CURE Hospital on Friday last week. They've seen their doctor who diagnosed him with hydrocephalus and referred Chris for a CT Scan which has already been done. Sarah, however, didn't spend the weekend at the hospital because she lives close by and was missing her other kids so the doctors allowed her to spend the weekend at home and she is now back. Today, Chris' CSF will be tapped and he will also be in the lab for different tests. We'll keep you all updated on the next step that the doctors take.
Apreal is now at the hospital! She had to skip school this week for the surgery, but she says "it’s fine". We found her in the ward reviewing some math problems with Encarnacion, so she will not be so behind with schoolwork. When asked if she was ready for surgery, she says, “I’m not scared of the surgery as long as I don’t see a syringe.” She seemed very brave but it may be inevitable that things might take a turn once she sees a needle. Thankfully, she won’t have to worry about it yet since we are giving her time to adjust while watching “Rio.” Apreal’s surgery will happen first thing tomorrow. Please pray for her!
Refif came back yesterday for her admission and she is doing great! She is going to have a hardware removal on her left hip. She was so brave when they took her to the operation room, there wasn't any fear on her face. Please keep her in your prayers for a fast recovery!
Annette was brought in for the clinic mostly to continue with physiotherapy. The physiotherapists are working on her standing and crawling, and her grandmother Sauda has noticed some positive changes. Her ETV is working just fine and she has less seizures these days. We are so thankful!
Natalie says she can sleep during the night because Abigail doesn’t cry as much anymore. Natalie’s siblings have been on school holiday and they have been very helpful and supportive with taking care of Abigail. In fact, Natalie’s younger brother accompanied them to the clinic we had in Kampala over the weekend. Please keep praying for Abigail's progress!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
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