Today was long, another day of "just surviving." I was fighting my cold, JR and M had coughing fits, and A was a total wreck. He wouldn't sleep well, he wouldn't eat well, and he even fought his bottles. If we tried to encourage him to eat, he would cause himself to vomit (a trait that is becoming more common). And if I set him down, he would scream and scream. I finally realized tonight, however, that in addition to his horrendous cold, he is teething again. I found another tooth that will pop through any day, which explains the fight with food, bottle, and sleep.
As always though, our Father in Heaven showed his presence once again, and in a wonderful way! Since I picked up N from the adoption agency, he has been seen by 2 pediatricians and 2 orthopaedists, all of whom told us he had a moderate case of hip displasia. He was last examined this past Monday, just 2 days ago, and the pediatrician confirmed it again. I was given the information regarding the leg harness he would have to wear, and it was explained to me that he would likely have to wear it for 6 months to 1 year. But, before he could get the harness, he had to have an ultrasound of his hips to find out just how severe the problem was. I had the appointment today. The doctor performing the ultrasound kept asking for the details as they had been explained to us. Then he turned the ultrasound monitor so I could see the screen. He pointed to the image of N's hip socket, looked at me, and said, "This is a perfectly normal hip." He then proceeded to take several other measurements while he attempted to literally pop the hips out of joint (N did NOT appreciate that!). Nothing. He said there was absolutely no give, his tendons were fine, everything was shaped normally, and his final report would state "Normal."
As a medical professional, he explained that it is possible that his tendons were just very loose after birth, allowing more flex than normal, and that they may have just tightened. However, I have trouble believing they went from "moderate" displasia to "normal" in just 2 days! I am in awe. We have been praying for him, though probably not nearly as much as we should have. Perhaps some of you were praying as well. Whatever the case, I am amazed and in awe of God's unconditional and loving grace and mercy.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God..." --1 John 3:1
1 year ago