Saturday, February 1, 2014

the cast

Many of you reading already know this but for those who don't, at Cora's nine month well visit she was diagnosed with developmental hip displasia.  Big bummer but we are thankful it is something extremely treatable!

On Thursday Cora had a closed reduction surgery on her hip to put her hip back into socket and now she is in a hip spica cast for 6-8 weeks to let the body form a hip socket and set correctly.  

Did you know that we are all born without hip sockets?  The pressure of the femur in the right place forms both the ball of the femur and the socket itself.  (This is my understanding from what I have learned so far in this process but do not take this as medical advice or info.)  Pretty amazing, huh?  I love glimpses like this into how God works.

So Cora's hip was dislocated and therefore not forming the socket where it should have been.  

We are blessed beyond measure as God is seeing us through this moment by moment.  Sometimes I get discouraged about our time in the cast and so I have taken to thinking about it like this:

"Our time left in this cast (there is another one to come) is only as far in the future as _______ was in the past."  

It just helps me have some perspective.  

So, today, we only have as long left in this cast as December 4th was ago.  The photo below was from December 4th.  

Cora is wearing a felt flower that my sweet friend Vanessa helped me make for her and a cute little outfit that our special neighbor gave her.  

We had our carpets cleaned that day after our mouse incident.  Did I ever tell you we had a mouse?  ughhh

Today, Cora wore these socks for the first time.  The cast may not be cute but the socks are!

A family we are blessed to be getting to know at church brought us this chair today.  Their daughter used it when she was in the same kind of cast.  It has made SUCH a huge difference!  The way the cast is, Cora can't sit on the floor on her own, she can't really bend at the waist and sit up so it is somewhat frustrating for her not to be able to reach for toys and things like she is used to.  Also, for eating, she doesn't fit in her high chair so yesterday we were holding her on our laps for meals.  Now she can eat and play in this special chair!!  It is wonderful!  

I'm still trying to learn how to dress her in the cast.  Today I tried a 12 month onesie over the cast but this one wasn't big enough to snap around.  A cute blingy tutu does a nice job of distracting from the cast and diaper though don't you think?  :)  

One of our sweet friends brought an amazing dinner and a sweet present for Cora and some things for her to share with brother.  She loved it!  

We are very thankful for all of the people praying for us as we undertake this journey.  

More to come I'm sure . . . 



Karen said...

Oh my, what a beauty!! I love your way of counting the days. And the table is AMAZING. What a blessing.

Kelli said...

Wow! I know that's a lot to take in, girl. I actually have another friend who is dealing with this same issue right now! Small world!

What a blessing that it is treatable. I know the cast is inconvenient, to say the least. You can do it!!! Cora looks pretty happy in it, of course. She seems so easy going!

I will be praying for you guys, for patience as you navigate life in the cast, for the procedure + cast to be effective, and for your mama heart - when it's your kid, it could be the most common thing in the world, but it is still huge because it's your kid! At least, that's how I am. ;) Sending you a big HUG!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Many prayers coming your way for Cora's healing and for figuring out the "new" normal for that sweet girl. The chair just looks like an amazing idea for her. Hope the time passes quickly towards the day she can shed her cast. We love you here in Houston!