Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Godsend!

Dr. Dobbs is a Godsend, I tell you! That man is worth every mile we drive to get Claire here to the Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis to see him. He examined her this morning, complete with pictures and x-rays. She cried, of course. But, she got over it quickly. Her feet look terrific! Everything is as it should be. And, about her hips? NO SURGERY!!!!! He said he would absolutely not do any surgery on her hips now and probably not ever! Of course, she will need hip x-rays every year to follow her, but he really didn't see why she would ever need hip surgery! Praise God! He expressed the same thoughts that Mrs. Denise, our physical therapist, had...that you could take a perfectly mobile child and change everything by doing hip surgery. He said that she is a mylo child (meaning she has spina bifida), and that their hips are different. Period. You can not expect her hips to do what normal hips are going to do and if you try to make them "normal" with hip surgery, you can make them stiff and leave her unable to walk on her own! Can you imagine???? Thank God for Dr. Dobbs!

Oh, happy day! I just think, what if we didn't have internet? What if I'd never heard of Dr. Dobbs or the Ponseti method? What if Claire had had foot surgery and was about to have hip surgery? Would she end up in a wheel chair forever? Would she have ever walked? What if???
I just thank God so much for leading me in the direction we have gone with Claire. It has all been an answer to our prayers! Thank you to everyone that was kneeling with us! You have no idea what a relief it is to know that Dr. Dobbs doesn't think she needs hip surgery!


Mama S said...

This is great news!!! Maybe now you can enjoy the rest of your trip cause I know you were worrying about this.

Love, Mama

Sally- That Girl! said...

Glad to hear no hip surgery for Claire!!! She is an amazing little girl! Wish our appts were on the same day so we could have met!

Have fun travels on the rest of your trip!

The Source said...

If I knew how to spell "Hallelujah!" I would say write it! Thank you, God, for bringing Claire so far this year! So glad she got a great report and NO surgery in her future! What wonderful news! It sounds like this is shaping up to be quite a road trip. Keep having fun!!

citadelgirl123 said...

I have been praying for you all and Claire. I have not seen ANY spina bifida children walk like Claire can, makes you wonder....I love the way her brothers and sisters encourage her to do everything they do. What a great family you all are.

Anonymous said...

WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!! Wow-that is such an answer to prayer woman! I was so busy praying for wisdom for y'all that I didn't even remember that no surgery might be an option! Hooray for a God who has a better imagination than I do!

Christine said...

Praise the Lord. As we get ready to travel, I have so many questions and after joining the SB yahoo groups, I am still getting no answers. If you have time would you please email me?