Operation Day: 12 months later…. (Hip Dysplasia survival)

Operation Day: 12 months later…. (Hip Dysplasia survival)

Hip Dysplasia has not beaten us.

Time is a curious thing.

This time a year ago I was filled to the brim with anxiety, I paced the hospital corridors biting my nails waiting for my one year old daughter to return from theatre with her legs bound in spica to correct Hip Dysplasia.

A whole year ago.

Look at us now, I barely recongnise my daughter.  Free from cast, learning to run when we have just mastered walking, tentatively treading on a trampoline cautionously trying to work out how to jump.

She is not quite fixed but she is no longer broken.

Her mobility is less than that of most her age, she prefers to see the world from the height of my arms and for now that is fine, I am not in a rush to see her growing up and dashing away from me.

She has physio to try and correct the  legacy of spica which has left her with limited mobility in her left hip and a total  inflexibility in rotation of her surgically healed bones.  Physio has left her with a love of swimming in hot pools and a dread of the council’s icy Olympic sized bath.

I never take walking for granted, every step she makes, every wiggle, every time she runs into my arms I close my eyes and see her laying on a bed, pale, exhausted and trapped by a cast.  Then I let the warmth cut through me and cuddle my determined little girl and pray that this journey she is taking is close to an end.

Twelve months on – look how far we have come!

Huge thanks to Emma at mummymummymum for making my video!

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34 Comments

  1. February 12, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    Yay!! Gosh what a journey you’ve all had. She’s done so well. As has her very strong mummy xx May 2013 be completely your year!!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks x x x

  2. February 12, 2013 / 11:59 pm

    She’s done so well and so have you! Go Libs! Xxx

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      cheers chuck

  3. February 13, 2013 / 7:22 am

    Just wonderful! : )

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. February 13, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Love this. Our girls are always my inspiration when I have a crap day.
    Much love to the gorgeous BB.

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:28 pm

      right back at ya x

  5. February 13, 2013 / 9:00 am

    lovely video – what a difference a year makes eh xxx

    She is your absolute DOUBLE by the way!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:29 pm

      I know – poor lamb!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:29 pm

      ta muchly x

  6. February 13, 2013 / 9:07 am

    Wow Jane! That’s fabulous, what a star! Brilliant video too, that Emma is a clever woman!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:29 pm

      she is I am eternally greatful!

  7. February 13, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Great to hear a good news story out here at the moment. She is a ray of sunshine which comes across on the video.

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      She can also be a stroppy little mare – but we dont blog about that! x

  8. Hayley
    February 13, 2013 / 10:20 am

    Yay!!

    We were discharged last month after 12w in a pavlik harness, 6m in spica, 6m in night brace, 6 weekly check up from 7w old until 13m, 6 monthly check ups for 2 years and then annual check ups until 7 years!!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Blimey and wow and yeah!!!!

  9. February 13, 2013 / 10:36 am

    That’s pretty damn awesome! Our children are strong and it’s often we adults who are the weak ones. But you’ve beaten all the odds and are making great progress.

    CJ x

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks CJ x

  10. February 13, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Awww what a beautiful video. It’s amazing what we take for granted in our own lives. To see her walking and then on to running must be an amazing feeling. And she looks SO like you Jane. Beautiful girl.

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:33 pm

      she is a stunner, dont know where she gets it from!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:33 pm

      Me too – now if we could get rid of the limp….

  11. February 13, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    Great she’s making such a good recovery; she seems like a really happy little girl 🙂

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:34 pm

      she is a star!

  12. February 14, 2013 / 8:23 am

    Gorgeous girl. Proud of our girls. Welling up now… x

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:34 pm

      aw shucks

  13. February 15, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Well that brought a tear to my eye – well done Libby Sue, and well done YOU. Wonderful video – and what a f**cking year you’ve had! X.

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      it has been ‘different’

  14. February 15, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Well done, and just think when you look back in another twelve months what improvements you will see.

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      Lord I do hope so!

  15. February 16, 2013 / 12:53 am

    I’m so, so happy to read this. Fantastic!

    • northernmum
      Author
      February 18, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks lovely lady

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