Wednesday, 9 September 2009

One wedding and an operation

Haven't had any time for blogging this week due to just having had one of the most eventful weeks of my life, crammed full of highs and lows.
On saturday I got married - a great day and a great relief that all went well. On monday morning we took our daughter into hospital to have her hip dysplasia fixed. Developmenal hip dysplasia (DDH) is a relatively common condition in which the hip bone is not properly seated in its socket. Normally it is picked up early - in which case it is easily treated - but unfortunately in our case it wasn't picked up until she was 16 months old, leaving surgery as the only option.
More disturbing than the prospect of the surgery itself is the week of traction that precedes the operation. It was heartbreaking to see our lovely daughter, fresh from her flower girl duties, trussed up in a system of bandages, ropes and pulleys that would not look out of place in a medieval torture chamber. Fortunately she has proved to be extremely adaptable and is as happy as can reasonably be expected.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining - I've had to think pretty hard to find the bright side of my family honeymooning in the hospital while I honeymoon separately at home but at least I have plenty leftover pork from the wedding hog roast to sustain me!

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Blogger blueskyscotland said...

Don`t know whether to offer congratulations or commiserations Gavin.I`ll play safe and ofer both..!

9 September 2009 at 22:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations on the wedding and...

our son with cerebral palsy underwent a similar hip surgery at the age of six.

it was one of the worst things i have ever experienced in my life.

i wish your daughter speedy recovery - as well as her parent's nerves!

10 September 2009 at 04:19  
Blogger Robert Craig said...

All this and you still manage to get away up the hills! I'm impressed. Congrats on getting married (I got married a couple of months ago and it's been all go since) and good luck to your daughter.

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, hopefully meet you on Thursday evening?

6 October 2009 at 11:10  

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