All Things Working Together for Good
Within the first couple months of Jian coming home, I knew that the contracture in her left hip was the biggest obstacle in our way of her goal of walking independently. I had a dynamic splint in my mind that she could wear that could be adjusted as it gradually stretched her left leg in toward midline. I called around all of my therapy and splinting contacts that I had worked with over the years, and everyone told me the same thing: this type of splint doesn’t exist for the hip. Maybe we could somehow put something together with scrap splinting material and velcro. It didn’t make sense to me, but we moved on, working with what we had at the time.
Three weeks ago, I was talking with her physical therapist and asking about the plan for this summer. He said that he didn’t see any reason that she would need to do 3 weeks of intensive therapy like last summer, because she is doing so well toward all of her goals. I told him that I was clearing our schedules as much as possible and that I was going to intensively focus on getting her left leg stretched in and lined up during the summer. He thought that was a good idea and said we could come in and do one week of focused work in the clinic as well. Guess what happened the very next day? A new rep came into his clinic to do an inservice on the splints that his company offers. They have never been a supplier in Alabama until now, and they are innovative and willing to think outside the box. They have created the very splint that I have had in my mind for the past 2 years! They have used it on a number of children and had great results with no surgery required.
Of course, Jian took one look at the big, bulky thing in a picture and said she wasn’t going to wear it. But she is coming around. The day we go have it made will likely be a little traumatic, so I am praying that she will have peace with all of this. Once she gets her hips in alignment, there will be no stopping her. I would love to have your focused prayers for the next few weeks that we will get the doctor’s order, that the person who makes her specific brace will be guided in doing so, that Jian will be agreeable and cooperative and be able to tolerate it, and that she will achieve optimal results. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!