Thursday, November 29, 2007

Orthopedist Update

Today was Bub's appt. with the Orthopedist at Children's. He liked it because the receptionist gave him a juice box and he got to watch movies in the waiting room. Also the x-ray machine went up and down "like a ride".

The PA we saw has been working in Children's Orthopedics for 20 years, and like every other professional I've ever met from Children's, he was outstanding. He engaged Bub, and spent time explaining the situation to me.

He said it was very likely that Bub did have Perthes, but he couldn't make the diagnosis for another month or 6 weeks because that is when the bone starts to degenerate. Then they can make a diagnosis based on x-rays. He also said that some people let Perthes take over their life and dominate their family, but that that was useless. Bub is getting the best treatment possible, and no amount of worry will control the situation. We will respond as the situation unfolds.

That's the latest.

1 comment:

Kari said...

I am sorry to hear about Bub's medical situation. I know that must tear your heart out, and I know the pain of watching loved ones going through a diagnosis: hoping for the best and praying over the worst. As a mother I am sure the fear and frustration is rampantly running through your head. I will pray that this pre-diagnosis is wrong and that Bub does not have Perthes Syndrome. ** “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9