07 February 2014

I Hope to Never Have to Write About Hips Again

18 months ago, I wrote a post about MissyMoo2's (4) good hip news. It was good news, because it meant that the idea of surgery would be put off for a couple of years and we could carry on with our lives without the fear of its possibility hanging over our heads ... at least for a little while.

It was decided that the follow up appointment would be made at the start of the year before MissyMoo2 started school, so that if surgery was necessary, we would still have time to arrange it for the winter preceding her first year at school. Surgery and three months in plaster absolutely had to be done before she started at school if it needed to be done.

The appointment was last week.

Didn't that couple of years go fast.

I was so nervous, but decided that no matter what, I would not let the doctor see me cry (I usually cry). Thankfully MissyMoo1 (7) was at school and MissyMoo3 (2) was at daycare, so I could focus completely on MissyMoo2 and helping her not to be worried or upset.

That was a task.

MissyMoo2 does not like x-rays. Who can blame her? We entered a dark room, she had to stand by herself against a wall while mummy wore a heavy coat that was too big for her. She didn't cry, but she was not impressed.

The x-ray, though, was nothing compared to the consultation. Thank goodness there was colouring-in in the waiting room to brighten her day. MissyMoo2 does not like the doctor - never has. When he asked her to walk up and down the hallway, she wouldn't do it. I had to walk with her, but she was leaning on me so I don't think they got much of an idea of how she really walked. The registrar commented that she looked to be favouring one leg over the other - I noted that this was because she was clinging onto me beside her and not walking straight alone. Grr.

Anyway, the x-ray looked awesome. The second opinion we got in 2012, telling us to wait and see if the problem fixed itself, was a Godsend. Her hips weren't perfect but the difference was hardly noticeable and an amazing improvement on previous x-rays.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL AND RELIEVED!

The specialist (who had been pushing for surgery three years ago) noted that he was glad he decided not to perform surgery. I outwardly agreed, resisting the urge to punch him in the face and say that I was glad we had gone and gotten a second opinion.

So what's next? Normally, the doctor would have closed the case then and there, but given the family history, he said he wanted to see MissyMoo2 in a year or 18 months' time to be his research guinea pig follow her up. I noted that I would not be taking her out of her first week of kindergarten to see him in a year, so he suggested 18 months from now would be fine. I smiled and nodded, and left without making a further appointment.

Bye bye hip issues. That grey cloud can blow away now.

The end.

3 comments:

  1. Oh how wonderful, this is fabulous news.

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  2. Woooohooooooo - that's excellent news !!!! I'm really happy for all of you. Having looked after a little one who was in plaster after hip surgery, I know how relieved you must be.
    Have the best week !
    Me

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