Two weeks into January we were due back at the hospital for Lucy’s follow-up x-ray. It was a lunch time appointment and Jon nearly didn’t join us as he was under pressure to keep building our house while on school holiday. He arrived back home just in time to hop in the car with us and off we went, thinking it would be a quick in and out trip with no drama.
We struggled to find parking at the hospital, as per usual, and eventually found one a bit of a walk away. We struck it lucky when a lady pulled out of a parking and offered us her ticket which was valid for the rest of the afternoon. We made it to the appointment on time and again, Lucy was an absolute star during the x-ray. A quick word to the doc afterwards and we’d be out of there, I thought.
Not so. The doctor wasn’t smiling when we walked in but rather told us grimly that “it’s not looking good” – the words every parent dreads on a hospital visit. He showed us the x-ray and the difference between her left and right hip sockets was very clear. Lucy needed to go back into a brace, this time a rhino brace rather than a Pavlik harness. He didn’t hazard a guess as to how long she would be in the brace for, but said we should come back in six weeks’ time for a check up.
Lucy was fitted immediately into a brace at the orthotics unit then had to go back to orthopedics to have an ultrasound done while in the brace to check it was in the correct position. This didn’t work so it was back to the doctor who then sent us back to get another x-ray done then it was back to the doctor again to talk about the x-ray… You get the idea. When we were finally done at the hospital, we had to try figure out how to get Lucy safely strapped into her car seat for the trip home, since her legs were now out to the side making it impossible for her to fit in without somehow boosting her up. She had missed out on her afternoon nap so was exhausted and hungry but managed to fall asleep in the car, despite being terribly uncomfortable in her make-shift car seat arrangements.
It was a very long, emotional, heavy-hearted afternoon and I knew I was in for a long night ahead as Lucy was bound to take a few nights to get used to sleeping in the brace. I was just so relieved that Jon had come with us as I don’t think I would have coped with all that on my own.
The picture above will give you a bit of an idea of what the rhino brace looks like but I’ll show you more pics in my next post and go into greater detail of what the brace involves.