We have now passed the THREE week mark in the SPICA cast. Three weeks down, Nine to go.
A burning question on my mind has to with pain. Everything I have read about hip dysplasia (and I’ve read a lot) is that it’s NOT painful. The two very highly respected doctors we’ve seen both told us that there’s no pain associated with DDH. Everything online suggests that as well.
But, I don’t understand how that can be. Sara’s left hip was completely dislocated, so much so that it was forming its own secondary socket in her pelvis. The xray clearly shows that! How can that NOT hurt?
A few days after Sara’s hip surgery, another mom asked this same question on the hip-baby yahoo group we belong to. She said, her own daughter’s demeanor had changed so much for the positive after her daughter’s surgery that she wondered if anyone else has experienced anything similar. Numerous people replied that their own children seemed happier post surgery, too. I was mildly surprised as a lot of the people who replied had children who had previously been mobile but were now stuck in a spica cast. How can going from mobile to not even being able to sit up on your own not make a person mad?? Or at the very least, frustrated beyond belief?
But now that we are three weeks into our own spica cast journey, I feel compelled to add my own two cents! 😉
Sara also seems happier!! I don’t know what I can really attribute her happiness to – constant attention? Being carried around everywhere and fawned over? Getting pretty much everything she wants? (We’re so gonna pay when this is all over…) Almost always sitting on someone’s lap? Her age? Or, could it be that her hip is (hopefully) securely back where it belongs?
I don’t know. But I do know that my previously solemn baby girl is now laughing, talking, pointing, clapping, dancing with her one free foot, playing peek-a-boo, and army crawling too!! And I really like to see her happy because NINE more weeks with the spica cast still seem like an eternity to me! But the first three have flown by.
So here’s to time flying by for nine more weeks (That’s Valentine’s Day if 9 weeks doesn’t sound like a long time to you)!!!
If you have experienced hip dysplasia with your own child, what’s your two cents worth? Painful? or NOT painful?