Eighty-one days is how long it has been since Christopher stood on his own two feet. It has been one hundred and forty-eight days since he has needed a mobility device to move around and it’s been four months since he has been home bound. It has been five years since he last ran. Five years! It’s hard to believe.
Next week we’ll return to Baltimore to see how he is progressing. We pray this is the appointment where Dr. Standard says we’ll begin the process to learn how to walk again. If you would have told me a year ago that Christopher would need the big bad surgery, I would have said ‘no way’. He looked so good. He wasn’t running races but he was hiking with the boy scouts, walking the halls of Jr. High, joining the Student Council and dancing at the Cotillion. He never took one moment for granted and he sure won’t do so now after this experience. I understand now that if you have a light case of Perthes, then couple of years down the road, your child will be back to living a normal life. If you have a severe case of Perthes, grab on to your seat and enjoy the very long journey.
His best friend is going back in for three chemo sessions in a row. Christopher has been more depressed about not being about to see him in the hospital, the way he could before the surgeries. His best friend has been more mobile than Christopher but we are so grateful to see him moving in the right direction. His buddy will catch up to him soon. It’s going to be a long summer for both of them. When kids complain about school, both of them would give anything to be joining them. Christopher said he has been jealous of his friends running the mile in PE because he LOVED running.
I have had so many people tell me I have a good attitude about everything. I’m not sure what that means. Was I suppose to become bitter and mad about the situation? I want the best for our boys and I will do everything humanly possible to help them.
I have to say a special thanks to the Hornsby’s, the Ferrara’s and our church family for everything you have done for us. We love you guys!
Warning – This is Not for the Faint at Heart – Christopher’s Surgery Photos
Here are the photos of Christopher’s new hip. It doesn’t reflect the emergency surgery to address the broken hip.