This time last year we were trying to get to grips with life in spica. Erin had just under gone her closed reduction and the next six months seemed to be stretching out in front of us like a never ending circle.
However one year on and the sun is shining brighter. We thought a great way to celebrate rather than procrastinate on the day was to get away from here and have a fun couple of days out with a family.
We headed to Torquay one of our favourite places and the weather was great to us. After arriving Erin wanted to go on a boat – a trip across the water to Brixham was organised. Except……. we kind of forgot that it is almost November. Five minutes across and both my boys were looking peaky and had gone very quiet. Erin on the otherhand was squealing with delight and loving crashing over the waves.
Dyl decided that he wasn’t going to be a sailor and filled a carrier bag full of his dinner. After disembarking we quickly realised that the return trip was not an option. Therefore Erin enjoyed a trip back to Torquay on a double decker bus instead!!!
After a hearty breakfast the following morning we headed to Paignton Zoo for a family day. Every animal that was bigger than Erin started with the same conversation that’s an *elephant* will it eat me?
We had so much fun and it was a great way to celebrate how far we have come in a year. We expected treatment to take a year and it has and I know that we are still not at the end of the DDH road. Erin still can’t jump or run, she walks with a wide gait and a limp which is the legacy we still face.
However her surgeon has given her a new hip socket. It gave her the opportunity to run around Paignton Zoo with her siblings. One year on and she is smiling. One year on and we are smiling.
Tonight, back home was the icing on the cake as she walked down the stairs for the first time. She used both hands to steady herself with the bannister but she actually walked without adult hands taking her weight, without adult hands supporting those weakened muscles.
She did it for herself.
DDH one year on……
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