Early in June, our son Kai underwent his fifth surgery for his hip. You may remember me blogging about it earlier.
For those of you who may be newer readers of my blog, Kai was born with a dislocated hip and 2 club feet. His birth parents abandoned him when he was 2 weeks old in China. We adopted him when he was 2 1/2 years old.
You would think that after 4 hip surgeries, that we would be prepared for the difficulties ahead. But, this last surgery was the hardest on us and Kai. I think as he grows older, the reality of his condition is settling in.
On our way to the hospital. Kai’s best friend left a ‘good luck’ poster on our truck.
Hip and 2 club feet surgery
This part is definitely NOT fun.
Kai was in the hospital for 4 days.
He was then confined to a wheelchair for the entire summer.
He held up pretty well overall with visits from his uncle and cousins helping to take his mind off of his limited mobility.
It is not always fun to be stuck in a wheelchair and unable to swim. But, that didn’t stop his getting wet, just the same.
Who says you have to be able to run in order to race your younger cousins? A wheelchair pushed by you big cousin works just fine.
A wheelchair doesn’t hold you back from fishing.
And, a wheelchair makes it easy to hold your niece on your lap.
When school started earlier this year, Kai was still in a wheelchair. He didn’t want to go to school until he was able to walk because he was embarrassed.
But, he did go and it all worked out just fine. His friends still treated him the same and because Kai is such a people person – he was happier.
I am thrilled to say that Kai is no longer in his wheelchair. He graduated to a walker for 4 weeks, which was a relief for him and for my back – carrying an 11-year old boy is not easy 😉
Last weekend, Kai was invited on an outing by his uncle. My husband stopped by to see how Kai was doing and took the following photo…
I was so happy to see my son climbing a rock wall, just 3 1/2 months after his surgery.
Kai is also able to throw the football with his dad again, which is a nightly tradition, just before dinner.
Newest plant – a Coral Fountain
He even helped his dad dig a hole for my newest plant – a Coral Fountain (Russellia equisetiformis).
Kai is doing quite well, but is till going in for PT to help with his limp.
Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to let me tell you about Kai 🙂
If you would like to read more about Kai and his journey, you can start here.