Hip is Cracked
On Friday, Physical Therapy (PT) was moving Christopher from the bed to the wheelchair in his left-hip brace, when we all heard a ‘pop’. He immediately began screaming and crying. PT said it was more than likely a muscle going over the new titanium screws that was in his hip. Then, they tried to continue to move him and Christopher said he just couldn’t do it. The main therapist told me that he was scared and I said it may be so but I know my boy is in pain. I know my son and he is not faking. We continue to have some friendly banter and in the end I told her he wasn’t moving anymore today. Dr. Standard’s Physician Assistant Allison was close by and she immediately requested an in-room x-ray. Dr. Standard was in DC but he was notified of the situation. Allison came back to tell us she thought everything looked good but wanted Dr. Standard’s opinion first. Then, after Dr. Standard compared the x-ray with the OR x-rays; he knew we needed to go back to the OR.
Christopher went in at 10:45am on Saturday. Dr. Standard was waiting at the elevators for us and quickly started showing me the x-rays and what his game plan was going to be. He said he knew that Christopher had a femoral neck fracture but didn’t know how severe and that his hip was rotated 20 degrees. The night before Christopher kept saying my knee feels like it rotated. He was correct about everything. He knows his body. Dr. Standard had an A, B, C, D, E plan but knew he wouldn’t know which one until Christopher was asleep and he could manipulate the hip. He called us 20 minutes after arriving in the OR and said he needed to go back into the incision and dislocate his hip again to properly correct the fracture. He placed three titanium screws to reinforce the hip and removed the two screws in the troch (the part that connects the muscles) and repositioned them to provide even more reinforcement. He said the most crucial part, the femoral head, was still alive and that the entire femoral head was almost detached. The surgery took four hours and it was rough on Michael and I. We were prepared for the first surgery but this one took us by surprise and then add sleep deprivation and it equals worried parents. We prayed a lot and sent messages to all of our prayer warriors. We appreciate everyone that has prayed over Christopher and us. We definitely can feel those prayers.
Here’s a photo of Christopher’s new hip. Dr. Standard said it looks like a toolbox.
We are thankful that if this had to happen, that it happened in the hospital with Dr. Standard still in the country. He is leaving next Sunday for a mission trip in the Dominion Republic. If this would have happened after we returned home or over at the Hackerman-Patz house – it could have been worse. A friend told me today, ‘Hard beginnings are great endings’! We just want our boy to be healed and the Heavenly Father is the ultimate healer. We know he will be healed.