Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. The spica cast is zero fun. Apreal will tell you this loud and clear! She’s feeling better today, but she’s already feeling bored, in part because she’s afraid to sit up, afraid her pain will return. She tried to color last night, but it’s hard when you’re laying flat! She and Hope Kim drew on her cast, which prompted a few smiles at least. We watched a video clip of her dancing with her sister, and let her know that she’ll be dancing again soon! Apreal could really use some prayers of encouragement over the next handful of weeks, thanks!
We just saw Gladimer last week, but his arm is still really stiff and he’s struggling to move his elbow, and Gloria was pretty insistent that he have it checked out. Sometimes it takes a while to get motion back, but better safe than sorry. PT Specialist Alex did some stretching with Gladimer, and everything is fine, he just needs some more time to heal. Please be praying for Gladimer as he continues the tough road to healing!
We met up with sweet Evanie in the lobby while she was waiting for her follow up, and she showed up one of the brochures from our front desk, which featured her story! When we told her that we chose a handful of patients with awesome stories to share with everyone, she got a shy grin, but was definitely flattered. Dr. Jun checked her out, and gave her the OK to start walking, but wants to leave her casts on for just a few more weeks. She took some steps in PT with crutches, and did well enough that Alex told her she didn’t need her wheelchair anymore. Evanie let out a panicked “what?!?!”, but walked out of the hospital unassisted, so he was right! She’ll be back in a few weeks to finally get those casts off, yay!
Arianne was back to have her casts removed today, and her grandmother told us, “Arianne is going to give a testimony to the church about God’s goodness when she is able to walk.” Already on her way to being a preacher! She’ll be admitted to the ward next week, but it’s not for more surgery. Since the family lives far away, in an area without any sort of physical therapy, she will undergo a few days of pretty intense PT, which will get her on the road to walking on her own. It’ll be a tough couple of days, but if anyone’s up for it, this girl is. Please be praying for an extra dose of strength for her and the family!
John Paul was back to his old self this morning, and we were so thrilled to see it! He was so excited to see us in the lobby that he almost bounced right out of his wheelchair! His cast was removed, and he jumped right into some physical therapy exercises. His legs are weak and he’s feeling some pain, but he was able to put some weight on them, which is great for his first day! He’ll be coming back regularly for PT, so we’ll get to watch his progress first hand, stay tuned!
Mthunzi describes yesterday as her best day ever! She met Zambia's First Lady who was visiting CURE Zambia. Mthunzi was asked if she would like to give the first lady a bouquet of flowers and she joyfully obliged even with a slightly painful knee. She has not stopped talking about her very "happy moment meeting the First Lady!" We know this moment will stay with her for a long time to come. Her knee is healing well and we think she might be going home today. Please keep this sweet girl in your prayers!
Sauda is straight back at it, you'd hardly know she'd had surgery yesterday! She's made firm friends with Trudes, another girl being treated for burn contractures who is around the same age. These two have been running around together all day causing all sorts of mischief, but mostly just making us laugh with their constant demands for "ndijumbule!" which is Chichewa for "take my photo!"
Sten made it to theater this morning, and our surgical team did some serious work on his right hand. It was fairly complex in there, but in simple terms, what we did was move the position of his hand, so that instead of being at almost a right angle to his arm, it's now looking pretty straight! This will make it way easier for Sten to use his hand. Hooray! In other good news, Sten's left hand may look a bit different, but he's actually able to get a lot of use out of it, so surgery is unnecessary for that one, at this stage. Sten's out on the ward recovering now, so please pray for him as the anesthetic wears off!
Beautiful Loudel is back for her follow-up this morning. She says she’s been journaling about her healing progress, so we gave her stickers to add to one of her entries. We sent her to get an x-ray to see whether or not we should take the pin out. It looks like it needs to stay there for a few more weeks since the ulnar bone is not quite healed. We couldn’t take her out of the cast, but we replaced it with a new one. We’re praying for complete healing when she comes back in three weeks. Please pray for God’s hands on Loudel’s arm!
Jahuhara is doing okay, she spent the day resting in the ward. Her breathing is good, and besides her malnutrition, there are no major concerns at this time. During her time in ICU her weight dropped. On September 1, she was 8.6 pounds and now she is 7.8 pounds. Madina is also doing fine, she currently has no plans for the day. She did a little bit of laundry and has been speaking with the other moms in the ward. Please continue to pray for Jahuhara to become strong enough for surgery.
Apreal’s grandma was out gathering paperwork this afternoon, and Apreal was really missing her, even though her mom Wilma was there with her. Her sad little pout just broke our hearts, she was trying so hard not to cry! Some ladies who were here visiting another patient, Arnel, stopped by to encourage her as well, so she had a lot of prayer today! Please keep praying for this cute princess!
Arnel had some visitors today! Two of the ladies that teach at the kid’s ministry he’s involved with stopped by to pray for and encourage him and the aunt who was taking care of him. He’s still sleeping a lot, but smiled in appreciation for his guests. His hemoglobin levels are low, so he will get another blood transfusion tonight, and his fever is up a bit, but he’s doing well otherwise all things considered. Please pray that his hemoglobin goes up, and his fever goes down!
Isaiah walked in like a boss today wearing his new hi-top pair of shoes while carrying his leg brace in hand. Yay! It looks like he doesn’t need to wear it anymore. We are so excited to see him walking with both of his feet flat on the ground! He also played soccer in physiotherapy, kicking the ball using both his feet! We will see more of Isaiah when he comes back for his PT appointments. Thank you for following Isaiah’s story!
This young man just continues to impress us! Today he asked Spiritual Director Madel some pretty deep questions, and thoughtfully listened to her replies. His biggest question is “What religion are you?” Madel told him she’s a follower of Christ, and explained what that meant. Warlord told her that he was going to miss her the most when he leaves CURE, which will be happening today! We’ll see him back in a few weeks for follow up, please pray for God to continue to plant big thoughts and questions into this awesome guy!
Jeral is back today! We weren’t able to update you when he did a quick drop by a couple weeks ago due to infection. Thankfully, he was able to go home that day with some medicine and was back today without any infection! His leg is healing great, so we changed his dressing and taught them what to do at home when they change it by themselves a week later. We are happy to see Jeral’s improvement and we can definitely see that joy all over his smile too! We thank God for healing Jeral and we appreciate you praying for him through this process. We’ll see him again next month for a follow-up!
Gracious has been moved out of the ICU and into the ward, and this morning he was listening to music on Pamela’s phone and seemed to enjoy it a lot. Pamela is doing well and is happy that Gracious is out of the ICU and that his surgery is over. She says the shunt is working, so please pray that it will be successful at reducing the fluid level in the sack on his back, and thanks for all the love you're sending!
Today Meri will be in the operating room for a shunt placement. Haifa is calm and said to us, “I have handed everything to God, I am not worried.” The procedure will start at 8:30 this morning and she will be transferred to the ICU in the afternoon. Please keep her in your prayers.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
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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