The Daughter Chronicles

Thursday, September 04, 2008

More excellent news about Mia

I'm being sarcastic, unfortunately. We often have good news about Mia, but the way she is, there's always a chance it won't be.

Mia needs hip surgery. Yes, what fun. I took her to an orthopedic specialist yesterday because her neurosurgeon suggested it. We've been thinking about it for a while, just to make sure her spine and pelvis weren't screwed up. Well, her spine is fine and dandy, but her hips are not.

The X-rays are remarkably clear so that even a moron like me can read it. When your hip bones are growing, they eventually settle at about a 130-degree angle to the leg bone. Because of Mia's high muscle tone, it impeded the growth and her hip bones are at about 160 degrees. That ain't good. Her left hip managed to make it into the pelvic socket fine, but the right hip is not aligned correctly. The orthopedic guy said that it will come out of the socket eventually, which will entail even more surgery. So it's probably best to do it soon.

He said that the hip bone problem is a big reason why she doesn't walk and why the mechanics of her walking are so screwed up. When she takes a step, this is how it goes: she takes a step with her right foot, and then twists around to her right, pulling on her left leg with other ligaments and tendons so that it swings forward. This is, obviously, contrary to what should happen. Ironically, when she manages to keep her head forward and her shoulders aligned, she can take a step with her left foot rather easily. But she doesn't know she can do that, so she does the twisting thing more often than not. And it screws up her hip even more.

So she needs surgery. We haven't scheduled it yet, but we'll do it soon. I don't know how long she'll be down for the count, but the specialist said two weeks. I don't know if that means two weeks flat on her back, but that would suck, because she'd be bored out of her mind. I'm hoping it will only be a few days where she can't be upright at all, but we'll see. The other concern (besides the fact that it's surgery, which is always a concern, obviously) is that if she continues to walk the way she does, she'll screw up her hip again. Our hope is that if her hip isn't so screwed up it will help her walk better, but who knows. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

We're thinking about October or so for the surgery, depending on if they can get her scheduled that soon and based on some other factors. We hope it doesn't knock her out of action too much, but we don't know. We'll see.

It's always something fun! I will, of course, write more about this when we know more.


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