We eagerly awaited the post-surgery update from Doctor Standard yesterday. He was able to see and do for our boy what we couldn’t, so we waited, prayed, paced and hoped for promising news. It was worth the wait. When Doc Standard emerged from the operating room he had much to share. He said that Elijah’s range of motion was stellar, that blood flow had been restored, the fixator had been removed, and the hip was looking GREAT. He said he normally categorized a hip’s condition as moderate to good and good to great. Elijah’s = GREAT! We both broke down in tears. Not because Elijah’s out of the woods so to speak, but there is HOPE. Hope was all we needed. Only God can do what we cannot! I love when God shows off!
A bit later they brought us back to the recovery room, and there he was…our beautiful brave boy. He was completely out of it and we just looked at him reminiscing about how we couldn’t believe that we were there and never imagined he would have to face something so challenging. Of course, I wanted to see his leg WITHOUT the fixator. I had such a love-hate relationship with the 8 pound piece of machinery. I hated that pain, the agony, the aggravation of it, but I LOVED that it was going to give Elijah a real chance at battling Perthes. My eyes had never been so pleased to see Elijah’s little leg. It was bloody and bandaged, but it was beautiful. He eventually stirred and awoke, although he was quite out of it. We took time to tell him how proud we were of him. He had rocked that fixator and phase 1 of treatment with dignity, discipline, and determination! This was also our first glance at his brace he’ll have to wear full time for a month. Looked more like his superhero gear to me! He won over the hearts of the nurses as well as he talked, joked, and began to recover. They even went as far as calling him the poster child for Perthes because he appeared so fearless. We warrant much of Elijah’s “can do” attitude to the Lord, for he knows that he can do all things through the Lord who gives him strength. However, we know it’s also due to the generous outpouring of love and support from family, friends, Mosaic, teammates, coaches, teachers, and the community reminding him that he is not fighting alone.
As Elijah continued to recover, doc shared with us that because he was improving so well, that he would grant us the option to go home. (Prior to our arrival, Elijah was initially asked to stay through next week.) We did not anticipate this and we were floored! The agreement was that we would have to immediately begin aggressive physical therapy and manage his pain. You got it, doc! So, that is the plan! Hoping E sleeps well and we can begin our trek home to Cincy!
So, what’s next for our Perthes QB? Well, this is what we know now for phase 2…. 1 month in a full time brace and crutches with NO running or jumping. He should only bear 50% weight on leg/hip. He’s required to go to PT several times a week, do sets of exercises/stretches 3 times a day at home, wear a brace/customized pillow for a year while sleeping, x-rays in 6 weeks, and back to Baltimore in 12 weeks. We wait and see how his hip continues to regrow and how his range of motion hopefully continues to improve. This next segment is when Elijah has to push through his pain to do all he can to help reignite a healthy hip. He’s got his work cut out for him, but like we always instill in him….anything worth having is worth fighting for.
We ask you to continue to lift him up in prayer and give him a high 5 when you see him! We thank you from the deepest and most inner parts of our hearts for cheering him on, believing on his behalf, praying for victory, and even listening to his endless talking! YOU are such a significant part of his journey as he continues to #tackleperthes! We are infinitely grateful. Words do not adequately express our thanksgiving. Team Perthes all the way!