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    The Saga of Baby Clio's Hips

    I feel like I've won the lottery, I really do.

    My baby Clio is 7 months old today and we've known since she was two days old that she has Developmental Hip Dysplasia, which means that her hip joints are dislocated.

    For the past seven months we've (I say we, but really I should say she) undergone a series of procedures designed to coax the balls of her hips back into the sockets. I've cried and fussed every step of the way.

    First she wore a Pavlik Harness for 6 weeks, without success. She was subjected to a series doctors examining her hips (trying to clunk them in and out of the joint) and ultrasounds which told us that nothing was improving.

    We next saw a specialist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney who performed a Closed Hip Reduction, which is a procedure performed under anesthetic. We prepared ourselves for Clio to be in a Hip Spica (a chest to ankle plaster cast) for the 12 weeks following the procedure. After a day involving Clio fasting before surgery, handing my baby over to a doctor's care, hours in a ward full of children recovering from surgery and an MRI scan, we learnt that one hip had been successfully manipulated into it's socket, and one hadn't. The plaster cast was cut off and we went home. I cuddled my baby for a long time that night.

    Last Thursday we returned to the hospital, this time for an Open Hip Reduction. This would involve the same fuss as the last attempt except this time Clio's hips were to be operated on and she was to spend three days recovering in the hospital. I didn't cry this time but prepared as if I were going into battle.

    I felt sick on Thursday morning but plodded along on automatic. The doctor met us in the recovery room after the procudure with the news that Clio's hips had grown well over the past few months. He had been able to perform a Closed Reduction, he hadn't needed to operate. It was a success and we took our baby home that day.

    I still can't believe it. The last few days have been... challenging, dealing with the plaster cast (pictures to come) but we'll get there. In a way, it's simplified everything for my husband and I. All we care about is having a happy day. He works, we play, we eat, we sleep. Life is good, my baby is well.

    I really wanted to type that out, I feel so great. :-)

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    pudding - I am so pleased to hear this. What great news indeed!

    I know that in a way when you have to go through things like this, it's always harder that the last time, because as my brother once told me, you just love them more each day!

    Thanks so much for the update. Give Clio a big kiss and a cuddle from us!

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    i'm really glad Clio is doing better!

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    Ooooh, congratulations! That's wonderful - except, of course, for the plaster cast, which is awful for poor Clio!

    Congratulations on it being less serious than it could have been, however!

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    What wonderful news! :-)

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    what great news!

    And when you say "we" any parent would agree that it's definitely a "we" situation. "She" may be going through the physical part but "we" can feel everything.

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    Here she is!




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    She is adooooooorable!

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    Look at her with that big smile! Obviously she isn't too bothered! ANd how sweet that they could to it in purple!

    Ok, obviously that diaper is for a bigger kid (toddler?) but you need that size to go over the cast, right? In any case, it looks so cute!

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    That sweet face and big smile just melts my heart! Thank you for sharing!


 
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