Hip Dysplasia: The abnormal formation of the hip joint in which the ball at the top of the thighbone (the femoral head) is not stable within the socket (the acetabulum).
We went into Gillette Children's 2 weeks ago to get information and figure out what we needed to do to fix Callie's hips and all the sudden there was several people in the room talking to us and putting her in a harness. I honestly don't even remember what was said because I was concentrating on not crying or grabbing her and running out of the room. Thankfully it wasn't a complete surprise. We had (mentally) prepared that she would be leaving with this thing on, just in case. It didn't make it any easier though.
So we are taking things one day at a time and figuring out life with a baby in a harness. The first couple days were the hardest. Callie did not like being confined and just wanted to be held. I felt so bad for her, we could tell she was just trying to get comfortable but couldn't. She has been a lot better the past week or so.
We were told that she could be out of the harness for about 30 minutes a day, basically long enough to change her onesie in the morning and give her a bath at night. Some nights I skip a bath and just cuddle her harness-free for a few minutes. I miss being able to do that.
I thought I would take every chance I could to get her out of it but usually at night I put on a cute onesie she can wear the next day because I hate taking it off her. Not so much taking it off but putting it back on. When we take it off she always stretches so big and will get a cute little smile. It breaks my heart putting it back on after that. (I usually make Matt do it.) :)
I am getting better at doing our "normal stuff" and getting out of the house. I am not doing as well with people staring and asking about it. Before she was even in it I was already sick of hearing that she will be okay and that it could be worse.
I know that.
I tell myself that every day.
But right now this is what we are going through and no matter how severe or not something is, it is still heartbreaking watching your kids go through it. Yes, I am so thankful that she WILL be okay and that it COULD be worse but I'm still sad that she is going through all this. I just hate seeing her in this thing.
I am also very thankful for a friend whose son had hip dysplasia. It has been so nice having someone else understand what's going on and know how I feel, not to mention I have asked her a million questions.
Thank you Sonya!! :)
So for now we are making sure we follow all the "rules" and do everything the doctors told us to do because we want this to be done as soon as possible. As of right now we have no idea how long she will need to be in it, all we know is that is will be at least a couple months. We go back every 3 weeks for ultrasounds and adjustments and hopefully good news each time. There is a very high success rate with this harness so we are praying for complete healing!!