Recent Patient Updates
Stelia's enjoying the playroom again this morning! She said that she had physio earlier today and wasn't in any pain, and that she's pretty happy! Thandy says she sounds a bit tired of the hospital though, so we're excited to say that Dr. James gave the okay to send her home tomorrow! We asked, and he said she probably won't have the plate taken out because since she has a bone condition, she probably won't grow much more so it will just correct by the time she's done growing!
Pearson is doing well today! He had some physiotherapy with physio student Lawrence this afternoon. Tomorrow he's going to go in for some sort of procedure - Dr. James says it will depend on how his wound looks. If it's still bad he'll just have another vac put on, but if not, they'll either leave it off or possibly skin graft if it looks really clean! Please be praying!
Donata has discovered if she sings she gets to watch a video of herself - oops! But we don't mind her cheerful singing! She was in the playroom today and when she saw the camera enter the room she was so excited and immediately started giggling and then singing! Today she was singing a song in her native language so Thandy isn't sure what she's saying besides the counting, although he said at the end it sounded a bit like "I'm in the hands of the Lord". Her language, Tonga, has only very slight similarities to Chichewa though so he isn't sure! YouTube link at https://youtu.be/lbZTO-65FKQ.
Natarino isn't looking quite as happy today - maybe because he knows that tomorrow he'll be back to the casts! His feet are very stiff so Dr. James is going to do some releases to the tight muscles tomorrow in the operating room so it will be easier to cast his feet into position. Once that's done, we'll continue with the casting until they're in the right position and then he'll have a tenetomy, a tendon lengthening.
It's really hard to get different angles on Boniface because every time he sees me with the camera he runs up and tries to get held, or at the very least photographed! This is a pretty regular viewpoint - trying to get picked up! I spotted him from our office and called his name, but he was having a hilariously hard time figuring out where the voice was coming from, so I decided to go outside to say hi!
Jojo was having a lot of fun today! He was sitting in the wheelchair with Morton and then Thandy came and decided to push them around for fun! Miracle also wanted to get in on the action - we're glad the wheelchair is pretty roomy! Some of the other kids were also chasing them around making 'vroom vroom' sounds!
Pearson's Agogo (grandma) is here in the hospital and graced us with a picture of her with Pearson! We're so happy that Pearson's Agogo could visit him and take care of him for a week while his mom is home doing some things, and Pearson is pretty happy too! He says he's not pain and is doing well today!
Natarino is getting away without a cast on and he's quite enjoying it! Today he was watching the physios do exercises with Daniel, an older boy who has neglected clubfoot and is having it treated with frames - we're glad Natarino is young enough that casts still work! He stopped watching to stick out his tongue for the camera though! He most likely will have his operation Thursday since it wasn't today, we'll find out during ward rounds tomorrow morning.
Who's that baby? It's Flora! Flora, can you smile?
Flora is such a happy and content baby! We went to take her photo this afternoon and were surprised that she already had her cast put on! Her mom Alesi proudly informed us that it was her first POP and she didn't even cry a lot during the casting! Afterwards she was relaxed and didn't cry - quite a relief for mom! Alesi says it's already dirty - babies make quick work of getting their white plasters grimy and Flora is no exception!
Donata can't speak Chichewa, but she sure can sing it! She was upstairs in physiotherapy hanging out after lunch and when Thandy started singing Tintamande Ambuye, she quickly joined in! After he stopped she kept going - although maybe that's because she knew we were filming! The song says, "All praises and honor goes to God." We guess she's picked up a lot from morning devotions in the ward! The YouTube link is https://youtu.be/FFj5kRoKmpo.
Stelia's operation yesterday went well, and she's doing well enough today to go to the playroom! Dr. Maina and Dr. Hilary put a little plate and screwed it into the joint at her knee. This will stop the growth on one side so the other side has time to grow and catch up so her leg will straighten up! They'll have to remove it once she's grown enough so that it's straight. Please continue to pray for her!
We've had pretty bad internet recently, but today it's been amazing so you all are in for a treat - two videos of Boniface taken over the past week of his adventures in the hospital! First up, a clip from last week of Physio Student Blessings hard at work in the physiotherapy department, towing Boniface and the dino around! And below, this is basically what happens whenever I'm in the ward with my camera and Boniface and Calvine are loose. That day they were listening to the worship team practicing in the playroom but unfortunately for me, they weren't distracted for very long before they decided to go back to the 'chase Avanell and try to get tossed in the air and get saliva on the camera' game! Today Boniface is doing well, besides a little pain from a wound inspection this morning. The wound is a little wet down at the base of his fingers so they're going to dress it to try to get it clean and dry. Hopefully by his next wound inspection on Thursday, he'll be ready for home! Youtube links are at https://youtu.be/ohu4CRY7iZU and https://youtu.be/3cZMA9rsBLI.
Calvine's going home so his grandmother and Thandy coaxed him into saying tchau tchau (bye bye in Portuguese, his grandmother's language) to the camera and you all! Not that he needed much coaxing! His grandma Jacinta says he's actually really unhappy that he's going home - he likes it that much in the hospital, with all his little friends like Jo-jo and Boniface and Tressy! Grandma on the other hand, is really happy to be able to go back to Mozambique to be with their family! No worries, Calvine will be back with his chipmunk cheeks on March 19th for his last surgery! YouTube link is at https://youtu.be/xndiP9TpelQ.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 19
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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