We talked about loosing our parents and her two older sisters that I know well and then it was time to get Sam on the table. I explained that he tends to be medically evasive and I would have to work with him. I told Sam "Sam, no owies, just pictures...you can do this...and I am right here with you." He began saying "NO, no thank you" but I put my arms around him and he stood and with my help he was up on the table in record time. I silently said "thank you" to God, Lisa, my Mom and any and all other angels that were there to assist. We got through the 3 x-rays like it was no big deal. Hmmm...it helps to have angels.
The first x-ray is the frog lateral. The bright line is the hardware that holds Sam's first pelvic osteotomy or shelf procedure in place. The external fixator was Sam's 2nd major hip surgery, his first included a pelvic and femur osteotomy. Yeah, it's not pretty...I was kinda hoping I would see a miraculously perfectly formed hip...but, I guess that wasn't the plan. Okay, ugly but functional would be my second wish.
The next two x-rays are supine or face up. Now you can see the comparison of his left and right hip. Yeah, not very pretty or comparable at all and his right hip isn't without it's own issues, so neither of Sam's hips are perfect.
Sam is transferring himself at this point (no longer needs help), he will walk in the pool with a pretty substantial limp but tends to start hopping on the right leg. We haven't started with the walker because I wanted to make sure the femur was healed enough considering he had hardware removed twice.
What are our next PT goals and can he begin riding his 3 wheel adaptive bike?