Thursday, August 14, 2008
Hip to Be Cool
First of all, is that not the cutest face ever?! That's my daughter. I am so proud to be her mom. She's fabulous. Each day, I fall more and more in love with her and I can't believe that God has entrusted her to our care. She's wonderful.
Now for an Eisley update. It's hard to keep everyone informed, and it's hard to keep track of who knows what. You will probably remember that Eisley was born via c-section because she was breeched. It is very common for breeched babies, particularly girls, to have hip issues. While we were in the hospital, her pediatrician determined that her left hip was in fact, loose. Her doctor was able to hear it clicking as he moved her legs around, and could tell that her hip plate was not properly in line with the ball that the plate is supposed to cup around, as she continues to develop. If it were to not be treated while she is still young and developing, she would have some pretty major hip issues throughout her life.
Eisley's pediatrician referred us to Shriner's Hospital in Lexington, to see a specialist there. As I said, this is fairly common issue in breeched babies, and is absolutely correctable. Everyone has reassured us of that all along. However, they wanted us to go to Shriner's right away, so that we could begin correcting the issue as soon as possible.
This morning we had our appointment at Shriner's. We got acquainted with how things work at Shriner's, and we were very impressed with everyone we met there, including Eisley's doctor, Dr. Walker. Both the Physician's Assistant and Dr. Walker did an examination of Eisley and tried to get her hip joint to pop in and out of place, like her pediatrician had been able to do when she was born. However, neither one of them was able to actually make her hip pop/click—- which means one of two things:
Over the course of the past 2 weeks since her birth, Eisley’s hip has stabilized on its own and there is no longer a problem...
her hip has been moved completely out of place, and the reason they were unable to pop it in and out, is because it is already out of place.
So. We basically got no new information today, which was a slightly disappointing. We go to Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington on Tuesday afternoon (the 19th of August) for the ultrasound and then back to Shriner’s that afternoon to meet with Dr. Walker again to see what she thinks about Eisley’s hip based on the ultrasound. If she does in fact have hip displacia (where her hip is not properly aligned), then Eisley will be fitted for a harness that she will wear in order to hold her hip plate in place, until the joint forms properly. She could wear this harness anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months or longer, depending on the kind of progress she makes. This is a harness she would wear around the clock-- not something we can take on and off. This would no doubt mean a readjustment in some of our day to day things-- dressing her, changing diapers, etc.
We know that everything will work out just fine. But of course I have had some very emotional moments! As her mom, I don't want anything to be wrong with our little girl. But we feel great about the treatment she will receive, and know that in the long run, a few inconveniences now will mean a happier and healthier future for Eisley. We know of several people who have dealt with this same exact thing, and everything has worked out great for them. We don't have any reason to believe we will be any different!
Please keep us in your prayers-- we have been praying for healing for her, and would not at all be surprised if we went to her ultrasound and were told that nothing is wrong with her hip. But we know that may not be the case, and we will just continue in the journey, one day at a time.
Blessings, all. We will let you know what we find out on Tuesday.