Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 31
Manda left our hospital in the early hours late last week. Sadly, we did not get to say goodbye or get a chance to snap a photo! However, our nurses say that he was doing well after his shunt procedure and he will be back in just one month's time for his review. We are happy that he gets to spend some time recovering at home and can't wait to see him back soon! Stay tuned!
Advence is still doing well and healing. He will soon get the stitches in his head removed from his craniotomy surgery. For now, he is feeling much more friendly and he spends a lot of time moving around the ward on his mom's back. There is also a huge improvement in his left eye which is looking smaller! We thank God for this miracle!
Amazing surgery for Nason and the physical change was instant! The neurosurgeon had to go through the fluid filled ball that was above his nose and he managed to seal the gap where the liquid build up was entering from. However, the doctor says that Nason needs bone to create a bridge or little "bump" for his nose. That will be the job of a plastic surgeon later on in the year. For now we are happy that the bump on his nose is gone! Elita is relieved and happy about this amazing miracle!
Ausi was taken to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital today to have a pediatrician examine him because of his cough and congested chest. The doctor there placed him on three days of medication for treatment. Hopefully, after the three day regiment, his chest will have cleared and he will be able to undergo surgery. Please pray that this will happen so that Ausi will be able to get the surgery he needs!
Gideon and his mom Mirriam stopped by to celebrate Gideon's birthday with everyone in the children's ward today! There were very few dry eyes in the room and we were so honored that we got to spend this very special day with Miriam and and Gideon! There was loads of cake too!
Zahira is doing well after her operation yesterday! Dr. James and Dr. Lubega put longer rods through both of her femurs to strengthen them, and made the fractures straight. They bound it together with some k-wire to help keep everything in position. Please be praying for her as she heals, and that she'll be up and about again soon!
We found Lawrence doing some physiotherapy today with a bunch of the other kids in the hospital! He was practicing using his walker to get around! Currently they're just using the frame to stretch out his foot so that it will be easier to move once they start manipulating it into the correct position. Please be praying for him over the weekend!
CURE just hired a new playroom assistant after the last one had to leave to return to university, so the kids are back and using the playroom after a week or two of searching! Christina was really enjoying playing with a handmade doll sent from a church overseas! She's doing really well and will probably be able to take the brace holding her arm in place off after the weekend and start doing some stretching and physio!
Francis had surgery yesterday! It went well, but he's in a lot of pain today so please be praying for him! They operated on his left leg yesterday, which is the less severe of the two. Originally, they were planning on doing two cuts on his left femur and putting a rod through to make it straight, then doing an operation on his left tibia, and then a small operation on his right knee. However, when they started working on his left femur they realized they needed to do three cuts in order to get it straightened out and they decided the operation would be too long and there would be too much risk of complication to do any more. So he will probably have two more operations down the line, one on the right femur and one on his right tibia to get his legs straight, and then they will see how the operation on the left femur affects the left tibia. Please be praying for him as he is in pain following his operation!
Blessings is still doing well, he went to Queens Hospital yesterday and they gave him some medication for the seizures. He will be going home while Dr. James is away at a medical conference next week and then will return to have surgery the week after! His surgery will be a little easier than Francis' because he just has bowed legs. Please be praying for the brothers!
Today we got footage of Jacqueline reading one of her get-wells again! She makes such cute expressions when she's reading in English - a couple of times she just wanted to guess the next word instead of putting in the effort of reading it! Don't worry, Thandy helped her get it right!
Today was resting day for our brave friend. Even with all those tubes on his body, he still had a constant smile on his face and a balloon by his side! He played with anyone who came by his bed and it was so encouraging to see! Please keep praying for him as he recovers.
We miss Kent's silly side today, maybe because his day started off with his fear of needles. Although it was super quick, just to release his IV, he wasn't a big fan. He got to spend time with our other CUREkids in the playroom and will continue the party in the bus since they're all going home together. We're glad that Kent can now heal at home and we'll see him when he comes back for his follow-up!
Ashley has had a roller coaster of emotions these past couple of days. She says her leg has been in pain, but really appreciates the sweet encouragement that comes her way, especially the soft and tangible kind! The Krispy Kreme staff came by and handed out free doughnuts to our patients this morning which helped alleviate and distract from some of the pain that Ashley was feeling. Also, thank you for your Get Well Messages! It helps knowing that someone is constantly praying for her, even on her second procedure. And as for her discharge update, It looks like she’s staying for another day, since we don’t think she’s ready to go home just yet.
This lady is becoming a pro at using her crutches around the hospital! Although she needs a bit of assistance putting her flip flop on, we might need to put up a no speeding sign since she’s up and moving all the time. She roamed from the playroom down to the ground floor using the elevators all morning. So when the bus arrived to pick her up, she was all packed and ready to go. Please continue praying for Mary Joy as she heals at home!
“I’m gonna win this one!” Dr. Tim exclaimed as he recasted Jelo’s foot this morning. He’s only been home a week, but his old cast was already breaking down, even the reinforced cement cast was no match for Jelo’s energy! So, Dr. Tim pulled out the big guns, a roll of fiberglass casting that is much sturdier. Jelo was disappointed, he was hoping we would remove his cast entirely, no luck. The cool thing is, his new one is yellow with a sports theme, he can’t complain about that! Hopefully the next time we see Jelo will be in March, as originally planned.
One problem with small town clinics is they have small town inventory. Juvannie found this out the hard way when his family took him to their local clinic for a dressing change, only to find out they had no dressing in stock. So, he returned to CURE today, and as Dr. Tim inspected his wounds, he noticed that some areas weren’t healing well. He decided to re-admit Juvannie at least until next week, so he can have regular changes and get some good solid nutrition to help with the healing process. Juvannie wasn’t all that excited about the news of having to stay, but still managed to give us a smile, it gets bigger and more genuine every time we see him!
We’ve had kids where it’s rare to get a shot of them smiling, but with Arnel, it’s rare to get a picture of him NOT smiling. Unfortunately, today was one of those days. He’s in pain after surgery as expected, but he still tried to convince us he was doing OK. His face says otherwise and honestly, it’s hard to look at because it’s so out of character. We told him today was a “no smile” day, he could just relax and recover. He’ll be here over the weekend, please pray that his quiet time here at Tebow CURE will help him get a jump start on healing.
No smiles from Romeo today, but we got to witness him up and in action. He played ball with Alex in PT to get warmed up, then stood briefly. Alex showed him some exercises to do with his left leg to stay strong while he’s not as mobile. He gets to head home today, but he’s not home free yet. His medicine regiment will last for the next six months, and it’s crucial that he stays up on that, or else the TB could relapse. Lots of prayers needed for the long journey ahead!
OK guys, we promise this is a different picture than the one we took yesterday! Today the distraction was Penguins of Madagascar though, and again, we lost that competition. He’s still sore though, so maybe watching TV is not only entertaining, but a way to keep his mind off his pain. Gabriel gets to go home today as long as his pain in manageable, we’re hoping being home will allow him to rest even more.
Princess kept on doing a lot of things today, just like yesterday! This morning, she was in the playroom with some of her ward mates. Then, she was in the ward and next thing you know, she’s in the nurse’s station! We think that she’s making her last rounds before she leaves the hospital since she’s getting discharged today. Nurse Anthea said she’s been a good patient with no complaints at all, other than that first blood draw incident that she quickly got over. We’re so proud of her! Please continue praying for her healing and we’ll see her again when she comes back!
We might be in love… look at those adorable eyes! Malvar doesn’t say much, but he might just be speaking through his eyes! We can’t get over how adorable this little boy is, we’re going to miss him since he’s getting discharged today! A bus from his hometown just arrived to pick him up and we look forward to seeing him and his adorable face back soon. By that time, we expect that Malvar’s arm will be healed!
Lawrence is doing well today! We caught him hobbling around on a walker - we're so proud of him to be up and about! He fell down and was a bit upset, but Thandy talked to him later and he said he was fine, and in general he says he's happy and not in pain!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 31
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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