When will Harper Finally find her feet?
The biggest question I’ve had on my lips since Harper came out of her hip spica plaster cast is when is she going to start walking?
After doing a huge amount of research there really didn’t seem to be any consistency for an answer to this question. Obviously I knew that having never walked before starting her hip treatment this would make the process longer. Harper not only had her plaster cast on for almost 4 months but previous to that she endured months of treatment with a pavlic harness and a hip splint.
I updated on Harper’s progress only a few weeks post spica removal because she was making leaps and bounds in her progress. Only 2 weeks after having her spica removal she was pulling up to stand and attempting to walk with her v-tech walker. Unfortunately the improvements stopped there for quite some time. Harper seemed quite reluctant to bear weight for any longer for a few seconds. I decided not to push her immediately as I imagine her hips can’t have felt too nice after all of her previous treatment.
Little over a month ago I decided to start using some of Chases’s old exercises i was recommended for him to develop healthy hips when he was Harper’s age. Harper was never assigned physio post hip treatment which I felt was a little odd given how tight her hips would be.
After only 1 day of simple encouragement Harper decided she would weight-bear a little. Once Harper realised weight-bearing was a possibility she was climbing and standing at everything she could get her hands on. Slides included!
Eventually Harper started easily pushing round her v-tech walker and was happy to take some steps as long as someone was holding her hand. Harper seemed very reluctant to walk without any assistance though. Despite all my best encouragement tricks she wouldn’t have it. I had one last trick up my sleeve.
Harper’s turning point
Now Chase is back at school and Brooke is a regular visitor to nursery I decided to take Harper to local SureStart centre with other children. This is the first time we have attended without Harper being in a splint or hip spica. At the beginning of the session she sat and watched the other children playing about. Within a minute she stood up and then toddled off around the room copying them! I was amazed. I sometimes wonder if she’s seen Chase crawling about at home and thought to herself, “Chase doesn’t walk – walking must be overrated” It was wonderful to finally see her take her first steps even if she was a very tired grumpy baby by the end of the session.
So here’s to a major milestone for Harper. Having a child that will never walk unaided means I don’t regard walking as the be all and end all but given the difficulties she’s had with her hips so far I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pleased. In total it took over 15 weeks from cast removal to reach walking unaided.
Harper’s next appointment
With less than 3 weeks to go until her first scan since her hip spica removal appointment I’m pleased that she will be able to walk into the Doctor’s office. Now I’ve just got to remain optimistic and hope that she’s grown into her shallow hip sockets.
I’ll be updating on the blog as soon as we’ve had our next scan with the results. Follow me on my Facebook page or subscribe by email on the right hand side of the blog to keep up to date.