A Yin and Yang Week
Mother's Day weekend was a lot of fun. The four of us went out to lunch to one of our favorite restaurants in Safety Harbor called Green Springs. The girls and I got Allison a chiminea for our back yard and she was so excited. She has always wanted one. That night, we sat under the stars and toasted marshmallows. It was a perfect day. On Sunday, we enjoyed brunch at my in-laws' house. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's were flowing along with a full spread of appetizing breakfast delights. Another great time had by all.
Monday, when I got home from work, I was greated with the amazing news that Livy had rolled over to her stomach. Allison snapped this picture to capture the moment. Livy hadn't done this in over a year so it was a big deal!
On Tuesday, Livy had an appointment with her orthopedic doctor for a routine check up. Usually when she sees him, there is only good news. She has been extremely lucky in this respect. Many kids dealing with the types of issues Livy has can develop all kinds of physical complications. Apparently, it was our turn for some bad news. After taking an x-ray of Olivia's pelvis, the doctor noticed that her left hip is continuously dislocating. The official term for this is a hip subluxation. In Livy's case, it is caused due to lack of use during development...no crawling, kneeling, running, etc. The bones and muscles in and around the pelvis are shaped incorrectly and are unable to hold the hip in place.
The choices given to us were less than optimal. Surgery is an option. But after hearing that it is very painful and recovery is six months in a full body cast, we chose door number two which consists of positioning equipment to help keep her hip in place. Unfortunately, continuous dislocation of the hip over time can cause arthritis resulting in persistent discomfort.
Again we throw up our hands and say, "Why Livy? Hasn't she been through enough?" Luckily, the doctor said to continue with all of her therapies and school activities. We have another appointment in November to see how things progress. Until then, we will let Livy's smile lead us down our next path.
What wonderful news, and such sad news--you are right about the ying and yang. She looks so triumphant on the mat! A day at a time, I think. lots of hugs,