Thursday, January 22, 2009

Brendan Update

Yesterday Rand and I took Brendan back to duPont Children's Hospital for another follow up with the Orthopedic doc. They took X-rays first thing and got us back to a room to look at them with the doctor. Doctor B says the X-rays look great! He showed us Brendan's MRI from November and then the new pictures from yesterday. You can see where all the dead bone is (basically the whole head of the femur) and now we can see some new bone growth. That is good news!!! We still have a long road of healing and protecting what is there, but what we are seeing is good progress and signs of a good recovery to come. We still do his stretches everyday and will continue probably through this whole process. Keeping range of motion is key to keep that femur head in a ball shape as it grows and the dead bone gets eaten away. Brendan was so nervous for about 2 days because we can never promise that he won't have to get a "poke", but yesterday was fast and easy and it was nice to get a non-painful hospital appointment under our belts. Should make the next appointment less stressful for him. We're good to go for another 8 weeks before they want to see him again. They will be tracking his range of motion, bone re-growth, and his growth plate over the next year. We're still praying that there is enough undamaged growth plate there that he does not have an issue with leg length in the long term.
Things look good!
Here's a couple pics of a very nervous Brendan. :(

Love you, Brennie!

8 comments:

Jojee said...

oh those pictures make me want to cry. I wish I could hug him.

Krisy said...

Wow. hard. I'm praying.

Anonymous said...

Wow Brendan! Way to grow!!!!! Big loves and hugs. Your great Aunt Marshmellow

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that his fishing career is not in jeopardy.

Uncle Bubba

Jaynee~ said...

I'm continuing to pray too. I'm with Joanna...his little face is so full of question. Little boys just get my heart anyway...sigh.

Amy said...

Glad to hear there's good progress! That's fabulous!
We think of you guys all the time!

Kim said...

So glad to hear that good progress has been made . . . that's fantastic news!

Ashley said...

I'm so glad he is healing so well! I think about the little dude so much and pray for him:)
xx