Clinic Check Up Day!
I was quite nervous before the clinic appointment as I had noticed my daughter’s hip felt like they were clicking when she kicked around. I had never noticed this before. I was so worried we had gone backwards. Was it possible to go backwards??? I started to count up the times I let her go for ‘just a little bit longer’ in her brace free hour. I began to feel guilty.
I also had a few questions for the specialist today as well. I had planned on writing them down but in my concern for the new clicking, had forgotten to pen them.
When we went in to see our doctor he entered the room wearing quite a serious face where he has previously had a smile. My heart sank. He said he had just had a look at our ultrasound and there hadn’t been any progress. I was instantly relieved as I knew he hadn’t yet seen our latest ultrasound. We had to get them done externally this time as I was unable to get to the imaging appointment at the hospital. I quickly explained this to him and handed over the images. He had a quick look at the latest ultrasound images and straight away said that Olive could be brace free for longer each day! We were both so relieved that the images on their computer system were old ones as the situation would be a bit more complicated if they were current.
The clinic wasn’t as busy so he had a bit more time to explain things. He said that the femoral head was now in the centre of the socket and the coverage has improved greatly. He explained the images should show something similar to a golf ball in a tee. While the ball was now in a better position, the shape of the ‘tee’ was still a but sharp and not hugging the ball enough yet. It still needs to round out a little more.
My main question was about the clicking which, according to the results, is most likely a tendon shifting in movement than dislocation and should go as her hips improve further. Phew!
I have also noticed her thighs have a dent in them where the brace sits. I wanted to make sure the brace wasn’t on too tight or damaging muscles. I was informed it was fat that has been shifted due to the brace and that with less brace time, and eventually brace free, it will move back to an even spread.
In my joy over the results I had forgotten to ask a few other questions but I will be sure to write them down when we see him early September.
While Olive adjusted to wearing the brace pretty quickly, she was not as bubbly during her up times initially. As her brace journey has gone on, her mood in up times has improved and now we don’t need to work hard to get a smile out of her.
I can’t help but giggle when Olive holds on to her brace. The wide ‘stance’ the brace puts her legs in, coupled with her hands on the brace, makes me think of old western cowboys.
Looking forward to some extra brace free cuddles this month and will let you all know how it goes.