I haven't updated on my little Carson because I just didn't know how to put his appointment into words. So we will start off with this...
Carson's bone loss is minimal. We are starting physical therapy (First appointment is in two weeks.) We will most likely attend physical therapy 2-3 times where I will learn the exercises to do and then complete the activities at home. Carson will go to physical therapy after this about once a month to make sure he is meeting his "milestones."
We have a follow up appointment in 6 months with the Ortho doc for an X-ray to see if we can continue down this path or if casts/braces etc are necessary. One worry with Perthes is shortening of the afflicted leg muscle due to limping, the excellent news is that Carson is barely limping now-sometimes not at all. He only complains of pain after he has been on his leg a lot, in the evening when he is tired, and always when he tries to extend his knee outward. I was very pleased and excited about this news, as it really is the best possible news we could have received.
I don't want to write too much about this but we will be looking for a new doc for the follow up appointment. Poor bedside manner, being very rough with Carson, not answering questions (I felt like I knew more about Carson's problem than the doc did), and many more things have clarified for me that this is not the doc for Carson. Cameron seems to think I have too high of expectations/standards. Maybe that is so-but why shouldn't I? One thing I have learned from being a nurse is to be picky! If things don't feel right-there is always someone else.