Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
Welcome to daily adventures with Ebenezer! Today we found him working with our rad occupational therapist, Sarah! In case you didn't know it, blowing bubbles isn't just fun and games. Ebenezer had to chase the bubbles around and pop them all, which helps him regain movement and function in his right arm after surgery. As well as being a whole lot of fun!
The trouble making twosome have been discharged out of our hospital. Sadly we did not have time to say good bye to them because they left really early in the morning. They did not get any surgery done because our doctors are still running tests to make sure everything is ok. We will miss them and their energy which always kept our nurses on their feet! We can't wait until they get back!
Cornelius gets to go home today! Hooray! He's a local lad so will come back to the hospital for dressing changes each week. We'll try catch him when we see him so we can give you more updates! Before he left we delivered a bunch of get well messages that you guys had sent him, he was very excited that he was receiving messages from overseas! He's also very excited to be going home so he can get back to his studies - he's about to graduate from high-school, massive achievement! Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement you've sent Cornelius' way. It's been a treat to take of him!
Yesterday, Sarah received some get well messages and today she had a letter in hand for us to deliver in response to all the senders! The encouragement means more than we can ever say, so thanks for sending some love to Sarah. She's feeling more hopeful than ever!
Angelo went through another blood transfusion today when we walked in to check up on him. He’s still very weak so he could really use a lot of your prayers and encouragement. Good news is that Angelo’s heart rate is better compared to yesterday's, but he’s still in a whole lot of pain. Thank you to those who have already sent Angelo their love! We got to read him Get Well letters this morning to fill up his encouragement tank!
Thank you for all of your prayers! Khyler is getting discharged today, but will stay within the city so they won’t have to travel back again when they come back for a follow-up this Thursday. Dr. Tim changed her dressing this morning and gave the OK while checking the wound. Khyler gave us a smile, thanking us for all that we’ve done, but of course we couldn’t have done it without your prayers and encouragement for Khyler. Before she left, we showed her a video to remind her how much God loves her!
When we saw Gabe in the clinic we asked him how we was doing, but we must confess and say that we weren’t really expecting a response since he barely spoke a word during his stay at the hospital. We figured it was a mix of fear and pain from his past surgeries, but today we got a response saying that he’s doing well along with a shy smile. What a sweet surprise! We’re also happy to know that his wounds are drying up and healing well, which was all they needed to know so that they could finally go back to their hometown after staying at OLV for 5 long months! Thank you so much for praying for Gabe and please keep lifting him up as he practices to get back on his feet and walk!
Carlo is back for a follow-up and tagged along with Nicole during her physiotherapy session. We checked his back and it looks pretty great according to Dr. Jun. Even though his back is healing well, Carlo’s still not allowed to lift anything, so no cross-fit exercises for him, just walking! Please keep this young man in your prayers!
Joanna Paula’s cast came off during clinic and we’re all pumped about it! She was sent to physiotherapy right away to practice walking, and since her muscles are still pretty weak, she’s can’t fully stand up yet and is hurting a bit when she takes steps. Our physical therapist, Alex, got her in a brace to keep her feet from going back to its original position and was told to get a set of high tops for regular support when she practices walking at home. We will see her again within a month and with your prayers, we hope that Joanna Paula will have had great progress by then!
Our little munchkin was trying to color this morning, but couldn’t get enough pressure by using crayons, so we switched to markers and they worked just fine. Restlyn’s feeling so much better, and tells us she slept well last night, because she doesn’t hurt anymore. Her feisty little attitude’s returned too! She and big brother Restlie were bickering in the playroom, we’re really not sure what about, but we think she won. She obviously thought so too, as she turned towards us afterwards and gave us a smug, victorious grin. So much cuteness! Thanks for your prayers for Restlyn, we’ll have a follow up for her next month!
Ashley was having a blast this morning popping bubbles again, just like when she arrived on Monday. We jokingly asked her why she wasn’t leaping for them this time. She got a huge grin, and we all agreed, “soon!” Her spunky personality will do well for her in the recovery process though, which we will continue to update you all on!
Cholo was hanging in the playroom this morning, he gets to go home today! He is walking really well with his walker, that is, when we can get him to use it. He much prefers to hobble along without it. We’ve had some pretty strong, determined kids this week, and he’s leading the pack. Just please pray that he takes time to rest and relax, it’s so easy to overdo it! We’ll see him back next month for a follow up, we have no doubts by then he’ll be ready to run!
Julifer’s family has been simply the best this week! They’ve spent hours “above and beyond” here at the hospital, it’s cool to see how close this family is. We’ll miss having them around, but it’s time for Julifer to head home, where Jacob will hopefully continue to help out with her needs, and not “kick her ears!” Please keep praying for Julifer, we’ll see her soon!
Since it’s Friday, Children’s Mentor Cyra was reviewing memory verses with the girls that they learned this week, and rewarded them with snacks at the end. Izza was the first to tear into hers, but what the heck, it’s Friday and she deserves it! She’s had an incredible week, and has been such a trooper, never complaining, and just going with the flow. We’re excited to see her back in November, and see how much she’s improved!
Lezill is back and looking great as usual! Her right foot healed pretty well and is now without the cast. The left one has a more severe case of clubfoot than the other one and she wasn't so thrilled when Dr. Reyes was in the process of taking it off. We cleaned out the wound which wasn't so fun for her either and finally wrapped it up with a fresh new cast. It's a good thing that Lezill doesn't have problems when moving around, since she stood up and walked around with a walker right away! A few more weeks and Lezill will be cast free!
Teresia was in a good mood today. The pain in her leg has reduced, now she is only experiencing some mild pain around the wound. She told us that she feels that the wound is taking forever to heal, but the doctor told her with proper care, in a month's time the pain should be all gone. He also insisted it’s important she does not put too much pressure on her leg as that would slow down the healing process. As always she was in the company of her mother Nelly! Let's continue praying for her as she continues to recover.
Christopher did show up at clinic today, and it was a day well spent! He had so much fun playing with other kids at clinic, making new friends like it was his job. From the minute he arrived, he was out and about playing, and he only sat down long enough for the doctor to examine him. Unfortunately the doctor couldn't make a decision without the CT scan he had asked Chris' father David to get. David again promised to have the scans with him for the next clinic. Let’s pray that this time he will keep his promise so that our doctors can start planning for the next course of treatment for Chris!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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