This video is from a few weeks ago, when Uncle Al was up visiting for Will’s 2.0 birthday:
I love how Will blows out air when he gets to the “huffing and puffing” part. :-)
On a more serious note, we are heading back to Cardinal Glennon tomorrow for yet another followup with Dr. Aki Puryear, the amazing pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who did the surgery on Will 0.2 – almost two years ago. (Start here and keep reading if you really want to revisit the experience. It’s hard for me to read some of those entries.)
They’re going to take another x-ray of Will’s left hip socket to see how the bone is developing and calcifying. Here’s what the x-ray looked like in April:
You’re looking at his hip sockets and the top (ball) of each leg from above, so the ball and socket on the right is actually Will’s left leg/hip, where he had the infection and surgery.
As Will grows, his bones slowly harden from cartilage (nearly invisible on x-rays) into bone (the white stuff you see on x-rays). If you compare the two sockets in the shot above, you can see some raggedness or serration in the bone in Will’s left leg (on the right in the image) that isn’t present on the other leg, right at the top edge where the bone is calcifying.
The fear is that the septic hip Willpower had when he was two months old may have damaged the bone’s development, and so that’s why we have to keep going back every six months for x-rays. Outwardly, he seems to have suffered no effects from the hip surgery – he runs and jumps and walks and kicks like a normal two-year-old – but in the back of our minds is always this concern that there may be something damaged or weakened that we just can’t see yet.
Of course, we try to put the worry out of our minds until our regularly scheduled visits occur, and then the anxiety starts. Hopefully tomorrow goes well, and Dr. Puryear tells us there’s nothing to worry about any more. We’ll post an update tomorrow night after we get done.