Friday, January 14, 2011

Brace Begone!

The result of Rose's hip appointment yesterday was "so far, so good," which was great to hear. Grandpa came along to hear the good news and to keep Rose entertained. They had a good time playing with the toys in the waiting area and looking at the fish in the fish tank.

When we got in to see Dr. A, he put Rose on her back and attempted to manipulate her legs into certain positions. She was throwing such a fit (one that included screaming and straightening her legs in frustration) that it took more than a few tries before he could see what he was looking for. I know she was so angry, but I couldn't help laughing at the power struggle between the two. Luckily, Dr. A was laughing too. Dr. A bent her knees to a 90 degree angle and pulled them together to make sure the knees rose to the same height. Then he abducted her legs out as wide as possible to check that both legs had the same range of flexibility. Rose passed both these tests with flying colors. They took another x-ray to check the position of the ball and socket joint on her right side. The image showed that Rose's right femoral head has not ossified into bone yet, though her left has. It is common for ossification to happen later in hips that have gone through a closed reduction, but it's something that we need to keep watching. From what he could see on the x-ray, Dr. A thinks the hip looks like it's in the right position. The highlight of the appointment was when Dr. A said "Why don't we stop using the brace." To which I responded reflexively with a victory arm pump. We go back in four months for the next check-up.

Here's Rose watching her mom make silly faces before bed last night.

See you later.

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