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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hospital Visit

This afternoon was not spent merrily putting up Christmas decor with Alexander as I had intended.  Instead, we had to go to the pediatrician and then the imaging department at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  Charlotte was the patient. 
She doesn't look to sure about the x-ray!

 She had several episodes of weakness and pain in her leg that made her cry like a mad-woman and she wouldn't bear weight on her leg.  We visited the pediatrician who felt that it would be important to rule out any major problems with her hips.  He didn't expect anything to show up on the x-rays but didn't want to send her home if there was something going on.  Charlotte did very well for the x-ray.  I went in with her and wore a fancy, sparkley lead dress to keep from being radiated.  I think maybe she was terrified because she stayed very, very still (the most still that I've ever seen my active little girl be).  They took two x-rays and we talked with our doctor again.  The x-rays showed that her hips are perfect!  So, the diagnosis that we have for now is toxic synovitis which is a scary-sounding diagnosis that basically just means that there is an inflammation and swelling of the tissues around the hip joint.  We're treating her with ibuprofen for the inflammation and pain and warm baths as well.  She should feel much better by Monday and we're to report back to the pediatrician to let him know how she is.  I would have rather been at home buried in Christmas decor than at the hospital, worried about my sweet little girl!  I'm glad that she's going to be ok!

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Woah! She is the second little one I know that has that! Never even heard of it before. Hope see feels better!!!