Feeling a bit unsettled.
God is doing so many things in my life, it really is an exciting time. But, usually when God is moving, so is the enemy.
Both of my daughters are very active with sports. They both play soccer and basketball. Last year my younger daughter started complaining about pain in her leg. She would limp a little after her games or practices. It seemed not too serious, but progressively got worse. I ended up taking her to a physical therapist, he really did great with her and was charting her progress.
Last week it seemed to take a turn. She had a basketball game, and 2 minutes in, she could barely walk. The next day I took her back to physical therapy, and he decided she should see a orthopedic doctor.
We were able to get in right away. They were able to diagnose her after a few diagnostic tests and X-rays with Perthes disease ( Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (LCPD) is a disorder that affects the upper part of the thighbone (head of the femur). It occurs most frequently in children between the ages of 3 and 12. Boys are affected about 4 to 5 times as often as girls. Usually only one hip is affected, although it is possible to have LCPD in both hips.
LCPD develops because of loss of blood flow to the head of the femur. This causes breakdown (avascular necrosis) and deformity of the femur in this area. The bone re-forms in the hip area when the blood supply returns to normal. During this time, the femur is soft and may easily fracture and collapse. The head of the femur heals in an abnormal shape and does not fit properly into the hip socket, causing stiffness and pain. The cause of LCPD is unknown.
It is going to be a process. She cannot bear much weight on it, she will have to sit out of basketball, soccer, gym, recess, for the next couple of months. She will take Ibuprofen every 6 hours for the next 3 weeks, until the irritation and inflammation subsides. She will do physical therapy, to try and regain range of motion in the hip.
Gabby, will have to learn a bit of self control, or a lot . Something she already struggles so much with. She has been dealing with these self control issues in school the last 2 years,and also with chronic anxiety.
Depending on what the new X-rays show after 2 months of no major physical activity, and the ibuprofen treatment, the Doctor should be able to tell what phase of the disease she’s in, and proceed from there. It’s not life threatening or anything like that, praise God. But, will be a long process, and other treatment may be required.
My faith is strong and I am so thankful for the peace The Lord provides me, this will be another layer of my story; Gabby’s story and our families story. This life is full of trials that are designed to strengthen us, to produce Godly patience. God can only show his strength in our weakness. I can’t fix this, only God can.
Lord, I am giving this to you. I am handing over this layer of our lives to you. I pray Lord that that you use this for your glory. I pray that beautiful fruit is borne from this situation.
I will update on her progress. Also, your prayers are so appreciated.
Faith Brings Peace and Joy
…2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;…