Sunday, October 21, 2012

Busy Bee

Where did the summer go? Can't believe it but Addie is now almost 20 months and she is doing great. She has been out of her brace since August. We visited her surgeon again in June and did not get the news we had hoped for that she was 100%. The right hip is normal now but that pesky left hip is still a bit shallow so she continued wearing her brace during the day and was able to sleep without it at  night until August. Since September she has been completely unrestrained...which has been amazing. She is now running around like a crazy woman and to look at her you would never know she had an issue with those hips. She is just thriving and is such a busy toddler I can hardly remember what it was like to have her in a cast!

We are due to head back to the Stollery here in Edmonton in December for another X-ray to check that left hip. Addie's surgeon told us that now that she is walking around that is when her hips and bones will really start to develop. So hopefully all this running around will help that left hip to deepen. If the December X-ray is not showing her hip at 100% we will be potentially looking at another more invasive surgery. For now, we just enjoy watching her run and are hoping that left hip smartens up and gets itself sorted out.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Another Step Forward

such a little personality
It's been so long since I last posted but the holidays just seemed to have sidetracked everything, it was so much fun spending Addie's first Christmas with friends and family! On December 19 we took Addie in for her 3 month check with our orthopedic surgeon and we were very nervous about it! We were just hoping to come away with good news on those pesky hips. They took her in for her x-ray and when Dr. Dulai came to chat with us she said that the results were not terrible but not great either. On the positive side Addie's right hip is now in p,ace and looking good but her left hip is still not great. In the end Dr. Dulai asked that we keep Addie in her brace around the clock except for feeding and bathing...and added another 3 months to her brace assignment which means that instead of being brace free by her first birthday she will be in it now until she is at least 16 months old. So...we wait some more! I think this is a very common story for those with hip babies...just when you think the end is near, the journey continues.

Addison is doing great despite it all. The increased time in her brace has not held her back in the slightest. She is rolling, crawling and occasionally even trying to stand in the Ilfeld. It is amazing how fast she can move in it...and the best part of it all is that she is just as happy and vibrant as she ever was.