It was too good to be true. Yes, Apple's skull surgery has been postponed, but a hip x-ray taken last week has revealed that Apple has bi-lateral hip dysplasia. It should have been caught by the doctors in China at her birth, by the medical exam in Guangzhou, by our Kaiser pediatrician and by the orthopedic specialist at Shriner's, but no, not one of them found it despite their years of medical school and experience. I did, but I thought it was something else, and even now, that something else could be part of the problem, but at least my concerns made the neurologist at last week's clinic visit order a hip x-ray.
I'm not taking the news well. I'd rather have the skull surgery because once it's done, it's over and the recovery is a few weeks and it's fixed. With hips, we're likely looking at spica casts and surgeries followed by more surgeries throughout her lifetime and pain and arthritis.
To make matters worse, Kaiser doesn't have a specialist in our area. We have to travel three hours - yet again - each way.
On top of this, Jie Jie has been having hygiene issues that are driving me nuts! She just doesn't see any value in keeping herself clean. Bathing, brushing teeth, washing hands and face. She'd never do it unless I stand over her. She even pretends to do it, lies about having done it, and says she doesn't know why she doesn't do it. It's maddening!
And on top of that, Sissy's issues are escalating. Today was seriously hard! Specialists are finally mentioning the possibility of autism. I suspected something like that from the beginning, but last November I actually began researching it more thoroughly and believe it would be an accurate diagnosis. Hopefully, I'll find out soon and be able to get the right services lined up.
Blossom is doing well, thankfully. She seems to be coming out of the most hormonal time of puberty and calming down and actually maturing more emotionally.