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Our journey with Perthes Disease.

I want to take a moment out of the normal deal world and share a bit of what’s going on in our life.  I do this for two reasons, one to help any other parent that ends up having a child with same disease, and second to share how we are coping and managing changes amid the chaos.

In mid February we took my middle daughter, Mary Rose, to an orthopedic because she kept limping.  She would complain of pain off and on, but the limp never went away.  I went in thinking it was going to be like every other appointment we go to where the doctor tells me that we’re crazy and sends us home on Advil, but within 5 minutes I realized that this wasn’t going to be the case.  Before taking x-rays he immediately said that he thought she had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and after x-rays he was very confident of that.   Of course this is the appointment that my husband didn’t attend because nothing was supposed to be wrong… Perthes disease is where the blood supply gets turned off to the top of the femur (hip joint) and the bone starts to die.  They don’t know what causes it, and they are also a little lost on how to treat it. He ordered an MRI and sent us on our way to regroup in a few weeks and figure out what to do next.

The RN in me couldn’t sit still and just wait though, so for the next 3 weeks I read everything I could find on Perthes and also realized that I wanted us to see a doctor that had a lot more experience.  Perthes is tricky, there isn’t a set protocol or list of things that every doctor does.  They each handle it differently and a number are part of international study groups to try to figure out what is the best way to treat cases looking at outcomes of current and past cases.   Various factors can make a case more difficult and sadly one of those factors is being a girl.  Hearing that it’s more common in boys and harder on girls over the age of 6 made my mama heart break as we found all this out on our 7 year old.

Searching research articles, I found an orthopedic in Atlanta GA that specializes in pediatric hip disorders and then the same day found out that he was in-network for our health insurance (pretty amazing since we don’t live in GA).  I took this as a wide open door that this is where we should go.  He immediately sent us for a different type of MRI that shows blood flow (first sign that the first ortho wasn’t as up on things) and we learned that Mary Rose had a bad case with 99% of the top of bone showing blood loss.  Anything over 50% requires surgery… so we aren’t sitting on the fence here.

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We’ve spent the last month waiting on our surgery date to arrive.  M.R. has been on crutches and not bearing weight on the leg that is affected (only her left side shows signs of Perthes).  Surgery itself isn’t horrible, they break the bone put in some plates and screws and send us on our way in a few days.  The hard part is the next step.  Mary Rose will be in a cast for 6 weeks post-surgery that covers both of her legs and holds them out at an angle with a bar in the middle.  She also can’t bear weight at all for 6 weeks.  This is probably a great time to also mention that I’m 35 weeks pregnant…

So, that brings you up to speed.  We are 8 days away from surgery and trying to quickly gather what we will need to take care of a bed bound 7 year old.  First we had to move her to the downstairs since there is no way this pregnant mama can haul her up the stairs in a cast.  She’ll have to sleep alone for the first time in her life, which is what she is the most sad about… but we came up with a happy compromise.  She gets a roommate that is a bit furry.  The family dog that normally sleeps in the laundry room will get to be her roommate for the time she lives downstairs.  He should be quite thrilled and she was ecstatic at the idea.

The room she is moving into is our office space, so I’ve been working with the help of friends to convert it temporarily to a kids bedroom.  The goal was no holes in the walls or paint required.  We are moving furniture out and taking deer antlers off the walls and bringing in cheer!  Here’s a glimpse of the plans we gathered from Pinterest, and tomorrow I’ll reveal her new room.

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Update:  Many are asking if they can send cards.  That was actually going to be part of the post I am writing for tomorrow… but yes I would love that and I know she will too!  Feel free to send things too:

Mary Rose Martin
7001 St. Andrews Rd. #311
Columbia, SC 29212

    • babs

      I hope that all works out well for you all! I am not sure where you live, but Duke Hospital is another great place. The orthopedic surgeons there guided us in the right direction with our third son. I would have made a HUGE mistake with a local doctor. I would love to send her a card, as would many others. I think she would look forward to the mail if she kept getting cards and letters, etc. during her recovery time. God bless you all!

      • Jennifer

        Aww. Bless your heart. Positive thoughts and prayer for you and your daughter.

    • Tamika

      I can’t even pretend to know how going through something like that feels like but I can send prayers and hugs to your family! I will pray that your little girl stays strong through the whole process as well as you and your hubby! Thanks for being such a wonderful person and keep us posted on MR’s progress!

    • Ronda

      Prayers for your beautiful little girl and your entire family. Please let us know if you need anything.

    • Jude

      Sending prayers for that Beautiful little lady…Peace & Strength during this time…

    • Melissa Faye Mills

      My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Paige

      Prayers for your sweet girl and for your family, especially you.

    • Lorisa Jones

      Will keep you in our prayers.I hope all goes well and wish you and your family the very best! Please keep us posted on how things go!

    • Emily

      This is so heartbreaking to hear. I didn’t realize you were pregnant nor did I realize you had a child going through something so enormous. I will be praying for you and especially for your daughter’s health and healing. I appreciate all the help I have received from your blog over the past 7 years. I pray the Lord will see you through difficult time.
      Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, has not forsaken them that seek thee.”

    • amy w

      I will keep your daughter and the rest of your family in my prayers. What a brave girl your Mary Rose is. Please take care of yourself in all of this as well.

    • brenda daniels

      Sending heaps of positive energy both to you and your little girl! I know that both prayer and envisioning a speedy recovery can bring about a positive outcome. I would also love to send a card or package, if this would be welcome.

    • abby_holmes

      Mary Rose is beautiful and I will be sending positive thoughts to your family. Thanks for sharing your journey thus far with us. Much love…

    • dtcox

      praying praying … she has the cuties smile ive every seen … the dog will do the trick … and lots of ice cream too jenny you get some rest … and the new baby should help too .. you and your family are always in our prayers here in v a

    • atd

      wow! i’d been waiting for this update while praying for your family since you mentioned it several weeks ago .i will continue to lift you guys up to the ultimate healer!

    • Rita

      Oh, I’m so sorry all of you are going through this. I will definitely add you to my prayer list. I really admire the way you researched this and found an appropriate doctor. Mary Rose is very fortunate to have a very intelligent mama. I also admire the way you are making the best of this with the gorgeous bedroom ideas. May God see you through the medical treatments and your delivery of the new baby. (Mary Rose is a pretty young lady.)

    • Sherry

      Prayers to you and your family!

    • mommalana

      Praying for you all. What a sweet girl.

    • FrancesA

      Thanks for sharing this about your family! I know it took a lot of courage to write such a personal post and that you usually don’t share family information. Will be praying for her and you! Southern Savers has been such a blessing to my family and has changed our lives!

    • Gina Valentino-Vallejo

      it is so nice that you’re sharing something of your personal life with us…(that doesn’t mean we don’t like the deals!!!). I will be praying, and God willing, everything will go smoothly!!!

    • Crystal Goodwin

      Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And you healed me.
      This verse comes to mind. We will all be praying for Mary Rose and your family though all of this.
      Is there somewhere we could all send a card in the next week or two to help cheer her up????

    • Mandi

      Jenny, you are Supermom! Thank you for sharing your family with us. We are so thankful for you. You guys will be in our prayers. Please keep us updated!

    • anntaylor

      What a great mom you are. Mary Rose, as well as all of your daughters, are very blessed to have such an amazing woman to call their mom. No mother wants to hear that their child has an illness. I pray that all goes well with the surgery and the new life that you will be bringing into this world. May God bless you all.

    • Megan D

      If you’re comfortable with Mary Rose getting cards, I’d love to send her one to read & help her pass some time…..my seven year old would be climbing the walls. I send you good wishes & happy thoughts for your whole family.

    • T.A.D.

      Wishing you and your family the best!

    • Donna

      Oh Jenny, I will pray for Mary Rose, you and your husband and all her siblings. God bless your family.

    • Birgit Gilbert

      praying for her!

    • Michelle

      Sending prayers and hugs your way, Jenny, from Rock Hill!! And Mary Rose is beautiful, just like her mama, inside and out!

    • Leslie Jones

      Prayers for you and your family! Thanks for all you do for us!

    • carol

      I have read your blog for many years and you are the reason I love CVS! As the mom of a redhead we got to stick together….I know you have a strong faith and God will see you and MJ through this…He will turn this into something good as He always does even though we may not understand….I am praying for nothing but the best outcome for your baby and I know everyone who reads you will do the same…God bless you and your MJ.

    • lshtm

      I will come help if you need help Jenny !!!! You are welcome to stay at my home …..

    • Joy

      Your family is in my prayers.

    • annette

      thank you for sharing this, thoughts with you all for speedy recovery and healing

    • Laurie Champion

      saying prayers for you and your family : )

    • Marcella

      Many prayers for your baby and your entire family for strength and quick healing and also a easy delivery for your new miracle.

    • Lori

      My Daughter had Perthes Disease .She was 11 when We found out .She never got the casts.She did have total hip replacement .

    • Teel Dee

      Such a beautiful little Princess! Love the hair color! I’ve tried many times to dye my hair that color to no avail. Keeping you, your precious daughter, your new bundle of joy and the rest of your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thanks for sharing, Jenny. I’m so sorry Mary Rose has to go through this – I’m sure it’s no picnic for you, either! While you’re carrying her around, I’ll pray you feel God’s arms carrying you, too! Hugs!

    • AshleyAshley

      Thank goodness your maternal instincts told you to take things up a notch and really investigate what others may have put off, as well as find someone more knowledgeable on the issue. Good luck to your little one!

    • janice

      We all need to be praying for Mary rose and you and your family. You have given so much to us.

    • Anonymous_Tipster

      Best wishes and healing thoughts from my home to yours.

    • Rhonda

      Prayers for you and your family. God doesn’t give us more than we can bear.

    • Liz

      My middle child had spinal fusion when she was 13 for severe scoliosis at Baptist Children’s Hospital in NC. So a little older than your sweet girl. I will pray for your daughter’s recovery, the hospital staff through the stay there, your entire family as the adjust, and for your health and the baby. Thank you again for all you do for SS.

    • Suzi RN

      Does she have a hand held game console of some sort to keep her busy, not the optimum I know, but with major hip surgery…..

      • We have a Leappad system that she likes or she steals my phone :).

    • Kathy

      So glad you found a good doctor! Prayers and best wishes to that adorable girl (and her family!) from a fellow red head :)

    • Christy H

      So sorry to hear that your family is going through this hardship. Praying for successful surgery, quick, complete healing, and peace of mind.

    • Lisa McMullin

      Sending prayers your way!

    • Amy

      Hi Jenny, prayers for your family! If you are a member of paperbackswap, please log in under the ROAK for April (random acts of kindness), and allow us to see MJ’s wishlist. I would love to order her some books, or donate credits for her to shop. I’m sure others would too. If you aren’t a member, please reply, and I will buy you a membership for this year. Blessings.

    • Becky

      Bless you and your beautiful daughter! Prayers to all of you!

    • Missy

      I was diagnosed with Legge Perthes at the age of 8. I am now 47. My treatment included almost 3 years wearing a leg brace, which kept weight off of the leg while the top of the femur deteriorated and grew back. I led a very normal childhood after the brace came off. However, at the age of 22 I underwent a total hip replacement and I am now at the age of having this done again. I truly Hope the medical progression will make her journey an easier one than mine. I was young, but I do not remember there even being an option of surgery back then!! Best of luck and keeping you and your daughter in my prayers.

    • Candice

      What kind of books does she like? We would love to send one or two or four :)

    • Kim Winters

      You are an amazing and strong woman! My prayers are with you and your daughter!

    • Tina Hayes

      What does she like to do? Books, movies, crafts, or music? Trying to keep a 7 year old sedentary , happy and not bored will not be easy. Lean on your coupon community to help fill the time. For all you do for us to help save money, having us help your daughter get thru this is the least we can do. Bless you guys.

    • margaret

      My husband has this.He is now 63 and doing fine NO SURGERY was done as a child.They just made him use crutches for a couple years to take pressure off.He still limps when his leg is tired but his hip is great especially for a 63 yr old.PRAYERS!

    • nora

      Jenny, I am so sorry y’all are going through this. I’m praying for Mary Rose, you, your new baby, and all of your family, along with wisdom for the doctors.

    • MB

      Speedy recovery for your sweet baby girl.

    • pdnr

      I’m so sorry y’all are going through this but you’ll certainly be in our prayers. I remember when I had two surgeries (unrelated to this), I told no one the first time and struggled, so the second time, I let everyone know and it was a breeze. I’m saying that to let you know that the prayers of so many the second time made all the difference. The wonderful thing about your website is that you have so many Christians in addition to your friends and church that will be praying for Mary Rose and that I’m sure will make all the difference.

    • SallyJane

      Prayers for you all!

    • Barbara

      We’ll be praying.

    • Marcia

      Praying that The Lord will guide her surgeon and entire medical staff in treating her, and that he will also give her strength to heal and overcome this. Prayers to your entire family as well.

    • Darlene

      Mary Rose has the sweetest smile! Prayers for y’all. You’re there for so many of us with your tips and links and deals so you know lots of prayers will be coming your way!

    • gnc

      Sorry for the situation. talk to doctor and insurance company. You should be eligible for a hospital bed with a bar for her to pull herself up with, bedpan, elbow and heel cups and special mattress so no skin issues and a home nurse to check on her and offer you the best available for skin care and maybe even a sitter for so many hours and you decide when you need it. . I do not know about electronics for her but give her some free time for a movie or other play time as 6 weeks is a long time to be in bed. Make sure she drinks good and eats fruits. I just forgot you are a nurse so you know these things. I worked peds and saw many in this type of cast. You take care of you and baby!! no lifting during your recovery time. prayers for all and do not even think about coupons, lol

    • beckster

      May the love from the Father above cover you all. I pray for your sweet Mary Rose.

    • Melody Snider Sharpe

      Prayers going up for your entire family, Jenny! Prayers that God will guide the surgeon’s hand and every medical staff member that attends her. Also, prayers that you will be able to handle all that is going to be required of you as you approach the delivery of another precious life! I’m going to share this post so that there will be strength in number of prayers going up for all of you!!

    • Olivia

      My son was diagnosed with Legg Perthes in 1982 when he was 12. The onset was traced back to when he was 5 and had hip and leg pain that the doctor failed to diagnose as Perthes, so he had no early treatment. The disease went into remission but the damage was done. He has had 2 surgeries but he still has constant pain in his hip. I’m sure your daughter will receive the very best care, thanks to early diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment by a specialist, and that you and she will come through this with flying colors. You have so many people praying for you!

    • Carolyn

      Jenny, I’ll be praying for Mary Rose, your family, and your baby on the way! I’m so glad that you did all that research and found the best possible care for your sweet daughter. I’m sure she will be in excellent hands here in Atlanta. You are truly a gift to your daughter and she is blessed to have you for her mom!

    • lwatts

      At 40, I’m diagnosed with AVN, a very similar condition involving blood loss to the end of the femur (also out of the blue), and I will need to have my hip replaced eventually. I’ve found some info & support by joining a few facebook groups; one – called Young THR (total hip replacement) – has lots of members with perthes (and moms of kids with various conditions). Best of luck & healing wishes to your family during this time.

    • Amanda Alford

      I’m so sorry you all are going through this. We are praying for your family and your sweet little girl. Take care of yourself and when people offer to help let them. God our Father is watching over your little girl.

    • HTaylor

      My heart goes out to your dear daughter and your lovely family! Prayers are sent!

    • Britta

      I have scoliosis. I had multiple surgeries when I was thirteen and had a body cast for three months. I actually have some fond memories of the whole experience. Most pediatric medical professionals know how to handle kids and keep their spirits up through the tough parts. I hope Mary Rose has a speedy recovery from surgery. You all will be in my thoughts.

    • Jan

      Praying for your daughter and your family. Love the room ideas and can’t wait to see the finished product! With such a cheery room, great roommate and wonderful family I’m sure her recovery will go quickly.

    • charlotte

      Prayers for Mary Rose and your family. My brother had Legg Perthes at her age and I am happy to report he is 71 and after the two to three years treating Perthes has never had another problem. He plays a lot of golf, walks, and it has never affected him or shown up elsewhere in the family. I hope that comforts you a bit during this stressful time.

    • AP

      Prayers for Mary Rose and the entire family! Prayers also for a comfortable & speedy recovery!!

    • Kia

      Praying for you and your family at this difficult time. May your daughter have a speedy recovery.

    • Jenna

      Prayers for your family. We too have found great medical care in Atlanta that has offset the drive.

    • momof3

      Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.”

      Prayers for you and yours. May you see the Lords hand on you in these tough times!

    • Jamie

      Sending prayers for Mary Rose and the family. She is a brave girl!

    • Grateful

      My thoughts are with you and your family!!! She will do great!

    • Lisa Bumgardner

      OH I am so sorry to read about Mary Rose and my thoughts are with you and your family during this time. She looks like a tough brave girl and I am sure God will watch over her. Love the room ideas :)

    • maryellen

      Gosh Jenny,You have helped us so much and been there for us-now we are there for you-hope you can feel the love.

    • Phoebe Donohue

      sending prayers , I m sorry, its not easy when your baby struggles

    • nancycrom

      You brought back memories of my accident, when I fell and shattered my patella. I was in pain and bored out of my mind for 6 weeks in an immobilizer cast in bed, and couldn’t take care of our 2 kids. Our dog spent most of her day laying in bed next to me, and wouldn’t leave my side. She was a great comfort to me. You might want to try and get a wheelchair for Mary Rose (if she’ll fit in it), just so she can have an occasional visit outside for some fresh air and sunshine, that becomes so important when you’re bedridden. I wish her a speedy recovery.

    • Brooke Veleber

      HI Jenny, we live in Tallahassee and my son Cole (6) was diagnosed with Perthes January 2014, 8 days after I gave birth to our 4th son. He was 4 when he first started to show signs (limping, pain). Cole got to the point where he couldn’t walk and had to ride around in a stroller at preschool. We had 3 different ortho specialists look at his case (since he was on the fence, under 6, but had 80% head involvement). Jacksonville, Birmingham, and Boston hip clinic (where Perthes was discovered by Dr Legg) After lots of consideration, decided to go with Dr Killian at Children’s of Alabama (my parents also live there) He had the exact same surgery (femoral osteotomy, tendon lengthening) and one and a half spica cast last June and was in the cast for about 5-6 wks. It was a very hard surgery and recovery to deal with, but our experience at Children’s was wonderful. Dr Killian is a very good surgeon and has helped Cole tremendously. (and this is after the first ortho we went to said to do nothing and wait it out!) My husband is a youth pastor here and blogged about our experiences and what we went through emotionally and spiritually for him. I have lots of “what to expect that your doc doesn’t tell you” that I would love to share with you. Cole is in the regeneration stage now and in kindergarten this year, is walking and running with no pain!! Thank you for posting about your daughter and sharing about this very rare disease.

      My husband’s blog: http://toddveleber.com/category/family-life/

      there are many posts, so you may want to scroll down to the first one :)

    • louise0706

      Sending thoughts and prayers to your family and your sweet Mary Rose.

    • Tersea Mason

      Will be praying for Mary Rose and the rest of the family. Please let those who can help you do so. May God bring a speedy, healthy recovery to her. I pray that all things will work together for good for them who love the Lord. Romans 8:28. Thank you for sharing her address. Take care of yourself to mom.

    • Shannon acreman

      Hey my name is Shannon acreman when I was 5 I was diagnosed with leg perthees diesease we found a doctor to treat it in North Carolina we are from alabama after several a trips and stays in North Carolina after surgery and haveing to be put in a full leg stint and cruches and at the end I had to wear the Forrest Gump braces the doctor told my mother I would be wheel chair bond by the time I turned twenty well that wasn’t the case this went on for 3 years and one day my mom told me she came in and I had took my leg braces apart and took them off and I was walking around just fine I was blessed and we put it in gods hand I have been in a bad car wreck since then and had to learn how to walk again I played 3 years of football and 10 years as a flooring installer I turn 29 this year and I have been blessed I have not slowed down none at all so always stay positive so thought I might share that with ms Mary rose to help her get through this hard time and god bless we will send our prayers

    • Tie Dye Jen

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have been wondering what was going on with little mentions here & there. I have learned so much from you over the years and am so thankful for you and your website. I tell people about it all the time. I hope that Mary Rose has a speedy recovery and you have a pleasant birth experience with your new baby. My son is about the same age as your Sara(h?). Also, use some of those craft store coupons and get a perler bead set. I think she is about the age that loves to make those. They’re the beads you put in a design and melt with the iron-great activity when you stuck sitting around.

    • Rebecca D

      I have a friend whose son (now 7) is going through this exact same thing, here in Atlanta. I’m sure it has been a huge pain for everyone involved, but he is happy & still thriving. Summer is a great time for him because swimming is awesome. Good luck with everything!

    • Jennifer

      Thoughts and prayers for your daughter. Hope she has a quick and speedy recovery.

    • Mary W

      Your in my prayers. God bless you.

    • BLM

      My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. I hope for a speedy recovery for your daughter. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Michelle Duncan

      I am so glad I stopped and read this because I have never heard of anyone else having it. My husband was diagnosed when he was the same age. He had the surgery and was told he would have limitations. My husband just turned 58. He not only was able to over come this with surgery but also went on to join the Marines and did a tour in Afghanistan. They never thought he would be able to do any of this. We will keep Mary Rose in our prayers. God Bless you all!

    • Elizabeth

      My father had this when he was 8 yrs old. The doctors also said he would have problems as he got older. My dad spent 6 months staying off his left leg after surgery. This year my dad will be 65 and has not had trouble since he was 8 yrs old.

      My son was checked out for the same thing when he was 6 yrs old. This disease is hereditary. He does have some very mild damage to the ball of his hip joint but they are watching him right now. He goes back in May for more tests.

      I know how scary this is for you but give your worries over to God. He will take care of her and you.

    • Kristen

      Prayers for your sweet family! I love her new room and roommate…you all are handling a tricky situation with such grace

    • Kristan

      O Jenny the tears flow as I read this. I have a child that will be 7 tomorrow and I cannot imagine what you are going through. Please know that our family will be praying for your precious girl and your whole family.

    • barbie1032

      thoughts and prayers to your family

    • Susan

      Praying for Mary Rose and for your family. Her new room is so cute and cheerful and I’m sure Major will be a great roommate!

    • Tammy

      Hey Ginny,

      I’m a long time follower of your blog. I’m thankful for all you do to help our family save. Just wanted you to know we will be praying for your family.

    • Bessie

      The room looks so cheerful. So thankful that she has Major to be with her. I am praying for your family and precious Mary Rose. Sending wishes for her speedy recovery.

    • Lynn

      Prayers for your daughter! My nephew was diagnosed around age 7. He had two different surgeries-one had him in the lower-body cast. My brother got him a mechanics creeper without any kind of side rails on it (what a mechanic lays down on to roll themselves under a car) and that boy rolled all over the house-it gave him some control over him getting somewhere. Think a big padded skateboard. He is almost fifteen, plays soccer and football, doesn’t limp anymore, and hit his growth spurt.

    • Mary

      First of all let me say that this s____s! That’s what I wanted to hear when I told people. Yes he didn’t have cancer and yes he would live, but that was my beautiful boy and something was hurting him and I couldn’t fix it with a bandaid. My son, now 19, was diagnosed with Perthes on his 8th birthday (worst birthday gift ever) they told us he would probably need a total hip replacement and would have childhood arthritis. we heard a lot of no’s(no running, jumping, etc…) We immediately enrolled at the YMCA and put him in the pool. He swam every day for exercise and that has kept his muscles mobile without the weight bearing impact. He has been able to avoid all surgeries, does not have arthritis, graduated from high school with varsity letters in swimming, diving, and cross country along with being a school leader. While this time has been the hardest and most challenging thing he has had to go through, it has made him into an amazing young man. Praying for you and your entire family.

      • Jennae Trammel

        Wow, that is amazing. My son had the surgery for different reasons.

    • Beth Agrell

      Praying for your sweet girl and hoping everything goes as smoothly as possible.

    • Keri

      Praying for Mary Rose and your family, and the baby to come. May Easter remind you that God cares for each of you.

    • gina

      Jenny — We speak your name like family in our house! “Jenny says this
      … Jenny says that” — and my husband and grown kids always laugh about
      feeling like we actually know you! But we have had sooooo much FUN
      (and saved so much money) couponing at your lead for the past five
      years! We definitely OWE you!! And I am sure many of your followers
      feel exactly the same way.
      We have all been wondering about your
      daughter since your brief hints of something going on — and today when I
      read this post there were tears for all that you and your family are
      going thru … but even more when I read all the great stories from
      others who have had firsthand experience with this disease. I hope
      those will lift your spirits.
      Now … what can I do? I live in Atlanta
      (suburb) but have a big house and plenty of room. Plus my stockpile
      might feel very familiar and very much like home!! ha Know it might sound
      strange but if you need a change of scenery from the hospital, a shower,
      a nap, something other than a hotel room (which I am sure you are
      staying?) during your several days here — please contact me. I am not
      kidding (and feel like I should add that we are not Craigslist killers!!) haha We
      would be more than happy to host you and your family for your time here
      — or to help in any way possible. I am guessing you have my contact
      information from being a faithful SouthernSavers follower … but if not, please let me know how to get
      it to you. Really Jenny — on behalf of your Atlanta fans, you are most
      welcome here ANY TIME and we would love to give back to you for all that
      you do on a daily basis for everyone else. We are thinking about you.

    • Bryan

      Mary Rose,

      My prayers are with you and your family as you start this journey with Leggs-Perthes Disease and I want you and your family know that you will surprise everyone you meet with how well you do and how amazing will be in coping with what to adults is a real hardship but that kids seem to just take in stride. I am a 69 yr old that was diagnosed when I was 4 1/2 yrs old and my parents were given the choice of having me in traction for up to 2 yrs or on crutches for 5 yrs plus. They were also told by the Dr. that it was probably a calcium deficiency and to put me on a gal. of whole milk daily, wow. I stayed on crutches until the Christmas Break in the 5th grade. I was allowed to ride a bike to school but had to stay seated on it and to strap my crutches on the frame. I sent 6-8 hrs a day every day the local pool was open swimming. I never felt like I was less that the other kids as I could get around as well as anyone. I have had a full and active life with that hip intact until I was 58 yrs old when I had it replaced due the arthritis. But I had been able to serve in Viet Nam as a Corpman (Medic) with the Marines. When in the Naval Hospital on Guam I was allowed to go where I wanted on crutches and could even carry two cups of coffee from the galley up two floors of stairs to give them to men or the ortho ward with me. Never let anyone tell you that you will not be able to do things. The hip will heal and bear weight, allow you to run and jump and dance to your hearts content, all in God’s time. I wish you the best. You can handle it all and will be great,

      Bryan Keel

    • Tammie

      I will be praying for your daughter. I assume she will be at Egleston. If so, there is a Lettuce Souprise You (salad bar restaurant) & a Chick Fil A less than 3 1/2 miles away. I think both CHOA hospitals have dvd’s to loan. You may know about the $5.00 parking pass for 5 times. My daugher had a surgery at 6 and was in similar leg casts. I had her wear sundresses, instead of shorts/pants. If it is difficult getting panties on, you can use boys boxer shorts; cut open the side seam and can velcro or use snaps to close the side. When I stay in the hospital, I put a towel over the lights on the monitoring machines at night, to lessen the light.

    • Anne

      Good luck with the surgery. My then 7 year old was diagnosed in a similar way and we too drive several hours to Atlanta to see Dr. Schrader. He did not have surgery but we did the cast and he’s been in the abduction brace for 15 months now. It is hard on the mama’s heart to see them suffer but I have been so proud of how he has managed. Dr. Schrader is incredible! Prayers for a speedy recovery!

    • Lulu

      I would love to send Mary Rose a comfort blanket. What is her favorite color or character? I have made many blankets for project Linus and others. It brings me joy to be able to comfort others while going through these bumpy roads.

    • Valerie Little Molloy

      So glad you are all home and starting the recovery process. Our prayers and thoughts are with you daily.

    • Tina

      So sorry you guys are having to go through this. Praying she does well with all of it.

    • Heidi

      May God bless you and your family with extra strength to get through this time. Love and healing thoughts from my family to yours. I have a six year old son who I cannot imagine having to deal with what you are going through. Having to keep him down for that length of time would be torture. I am sure there will be good and not so good days. Hugs to all from Florida.

    • disqus_XUEUbT9Pb6

      Hi Jenny, I want you to know that I’m so sorry to hear this about your daughter. I’m glad the surgery went well and I hope you will try and take it easy until your delivery date. I live in GA and glad that you were able to get her surgery done. I want to thank you for posting all of these great deals on this Southern Savers site. May GOD continue to bless you and your family. Jennifer W.

    • RuthDB

      Prayers for your sweet daughter and family. I’ve been following you for years. God Bless you!

    • Maddy

      Surgery went well? Everyone home now?

      Praying for all of you.

    • Lauren

      Hi! I just came across your post about leg perthes as i was googling information about this. My daughter is almost 4 and was just diagnosed with leg perthes. We don’t have much info from the doctors yet but they have ordered physical therapy for her. The only thing we have to go on is that her dad also has this. I would love to chat more with you about this. We live in GA and are going to the specialist in Atlanta next month.


      Hope to hear from you. Thanks so much.

    • Gretchen

      How is your sweet girl doing now? I am a huge fan of yours, but somehow missed this detail last year. I ironically came across the link for this entry while searching for Atlanta resources for my 5 year old son with Perthes. He is going in for his procedure here in ATL this Wednesday.