OK, this is getting old

Because Elizabeth was a breech birth, and added to that, a female, she is more likely to have something called Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip. From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip (DDH) is an abnormal formation of the hip joint in which the ball on top of the thighbone (femur) is not held firmly in the socket. In some instances, the ligaments of the hip joint may be loose and stretched.”

So when she was almost 4 weeks old, Mom and I took her in for an ultrasound of her hips. The result: “Both hips are a little loose, but will probably settle in just fine.” We were to take her in for a repeat ultrasound a month later.

Friday I took her in for her repeat ultrasound. The result: “The left hip is fine, but the right one is still a little loose.” We are to take her in for another repeat ultrasound in a month.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they’re being cautious, and thank goodness my insurance will cover all of these ultrasounds in their entirety (due to her birth having used up all our deductible already), but I have to do this again?

7 thoughts on “OK, this is getting old

  1. when I saw the title of the post, I was worried the kids are not letting you sleep again…

    Glad Beth’s left hip is behaving. Hopefully the right hip will be fine next month, and that will be the end of your ultrasound saga. Talking about which, does Beth handle the ultrasounds OK?

  2. She handles them just fine. The first time, she got fussy about 1/2 way through. Pacifier worked for about another 1/4 of the time. Cried for the last 1/4. This time I had a rattle ready. 1/2 way through I distracted her with the rattle and she was fine the rest of the time.

  3. Things are going to work out fine. At least they haven’t decided she needs surgery or therapy yet. They haven’t started thinking there is no chance of it improvement on her own. Glad she goes through the ultrasounds okay.
    I thought the same thing as Olya when I saw the post. Lack of sleep, night after night.

  4. I assumed Alex was still blocking his bedroom door with his tiny little self.

  5. Alex does still block the door, but not often. Jenna had to squeeze in two weeks ago.

    And Beth is sleeping better. She has added back in a 2am feeding (I think she’s having a growth spurt), but she’s going right back to sleep and I’m back in bed within an hour. We’ve done that for 3 or 4 days now.

  6. No matter what you need to do for her sweetie you just have to remember one thing. My child is a happy, healthy little girl. Nothing else matters.

    Love, Aunt Lynn

  7. Eventually you’ll either knock some sense into Alex, and he’ll realize that maybe right in front of the door is a poor choice for a nap-place, or you’ll knock the sense out of him, and he’ll keep sleeping there. At least with Grandpa, when he chose to sleep right in the pathway, we could just step over him.