Farabe's "Hip" Friends
Organized by: Bianca Finucane
Our journey began in April, 2016 at a well visit for our 15 month old daughter Farabe. We went through the usual checks, questions, and the doctor asked if I had any concerns. It was then I shared with her that Farabe had just started walking and it seemed to me like she was having balance issues. The doctor measured her legs and advised me that kids often grown unevenly, but it would balance out, she would keep an eye on it. I did not feel comfortable with that, so I asked her to watch her walk and I kept pushing, I am so glad I did!
With a referral to the Orthopedic office it was with the snap of a single xray that our day to day life changed. Upon arriving at the surgeon's office, we learned that Farabe was being diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. (I knew little to nothing about this except that a friend's dog had it years ago.) Farabe underwent a closed reduction, tendon cutting/lengthening surgery and is currently in her second spica cast following an arthrogram. Not only is the treatment expensive (thankful for insurance), the supplies are costly and hard to find as well.
Diaper changing now consists of two diapers at a time, clothes are hard to find that will work with the cast and custom items are expensive. Trying to get the baby comfortable is a whole other chore with the angle of the cast, she no longer fits in her seats, high chair, stroller, or car seat. We have had to buy a special Hippo Car Seat which was around $500.00, then to feed we have had to purchase a travel cloth harness to attach her to the chair, clothes are always a challenge, we found a sit and stand stroller works to transport her on the front, but the spica chair can be costly and we have used a lot of propping and pillows thus far.
This is where you come in....I want to take our challenges and help other families with the goods needed to take care of their children during the repair and recovery time of Hip Dysplasia. It has been an emotional roller coaster and will continue to be as the treatment continues into various braces and physical therapy. So I ask everyone to look at your own children and imagine what we are all going through. We would love it if you would help us educate and help others, and we thank you for taking a glimpse into our journey.