Thursday, July 26, 2012


GUEST BLOGGER:  Team Addison
by:  Kristy O'Connell

Our journey with hip dysplasia started in 2010 one day after our daughter Addison was born. She was born with bi-lateral hip dislocation. She was put into a Pavlik Harness at 5 days old and wore it for 3 weeks. It corrected her left hip but the right was still a problem. She was put into a Hewson brace for 12 weeks and when that still didn’t work they scheduled a closed reduction.

We were devastated! As if having you first born baby in a brace wasn’t bad enough, we were now faced with having our sweet baby girl in a full body cast for 3 months!! What would we do?? How would we diaper, bath, feed, even go to the grocery store!! The day of her open reduction I was a mess! Addison was such a trooper though! She played in the pre-op room and was so happy (even without anything to eat.) All went well and we arrived home to start our journey.  As the days and weeks went by things got easier and pretty soon we were pro’s! I swear I am MUCH better at diapering a casted baby than an uncasted one! When cast removal day came, we were ecstatic!! How great it was to have our smooshy baby back!! Addie had to wear the hewson brace full time for a few more months and then back to nights only. We were optimistic with each Dr’s appointment and really hoped our journey was coming to a close. Unfortunately, her hips were not progressing and a Salter Osteotomy was scheduled when Addie was 15 months old. We were so scared! I couldn’t even think about them cutting my daughter’s hip bones and pinning them without getting sick to my stomach.  This surgery was so much worse than anything we had been through! Addie spent 7 days in the hospital and was in such extreme pain! It broke my heart to see her so miserable. At to top it all off…..she contracted staph while in the hospital!! She lost 4 pounds and was very sick! After about 14 days she finally started to get back to “normal” and the task of entertaining a toddler in a cast began! Luckily we only had this cast for 5 weeks.  Addie is now 1 year post op and doing amazing! She started walking at 21 months and now you would never know that she ever dealt with this! She is such an amazing little girl.  I am inspired by her spirit everyday!

Through all of this we have been amazed at the lack of information and consistent care in the medical community. Addie actually has CDH (congenital dysplasia of the hip) and her grandma had the exact same surgery in 1960. I’ll say it again, the same surgery 52 years later!!!!! How crazy is that?? There are so many children and adults that have this condition and the standards of care have not changed in over 60 years!!! With all the medical genius in this world, there has got to be a better way to help! I am committed to help One Hip World and the IHDI because I cannot bear to think of all the families that have to face this devastating journey!

What I have learned from this is that my baby girl is the strongest, most talented and amazing child! She suffered through all of this with humor, strength and tenacity! She got us through!
 I am the proudest Mama EVER!

Of course I have to mention the support I received from friends, family, and the Baby Center community chat groups….without you we would never have pulled through this ordeal!  God is great and has blessed us in more ways than we can count! We have a beautiful healthy amazing little girl and He pulled us up from the ditches over and over again!

Thank you for listening to our story!
We hope that all your little ones have continued success
and happiness through their DDH journeys!

Together we can…..Together we WILL!!!

For more on our journey visit:

together we can....together we will !!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Participant logo/banner

Feel free to download to post and share 
on your blog, Facebook page, 
or wherever you are !!  
Using the image to create a 
link back to us would be 
VERY much appreciated !!!!

Together we can....together we will !!!! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Drum roll please...... ;)

First year goal of $10,000 met 
and exceeded !!!!!!!!!
And more coming in !!!!
God bless you all, and thank you so very, 
VERY much for being a part of 
One Hip World as we support the:

Together we can....together we will !!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

More than just a day....

While you already know that One Hip World Day 
is and will always be celebrated on 
June 30th of every year, 
we are happy to say that we are 
expanding our mission and purpose
 to 'year round' !!!!!!!  
We will no longer call One Hip World 
a "one day event"....we will now call it 
"fundraising supporting the IHDI" !!! ;)

This is such exciting news !!!! 
Your reception and participation 
have been astounding, 
and we are so grateful !!!  With that in mind, we have decided that since the 'need' is year shall our efforts be !! ;)
Anytime you are ready and able to plan a 
fundraising event, go right ahead !!!!
Know that we will be here to help you as much as we can, and will cheer you on !!!
Please visit our facebook page to let us
 know of your plans....and to keep us updated !!! ;)
(see facebook logo on left for link!!)
And, please remember, that all funds raised 
get sent directly to the IHDI !!!
We could not do this without you, 
and believe me, we are not dumb enough to try !!!! ;)

YOU are making the difference !!!!! ;)

Together we can.....together we will !!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Way to go everyone !!!!!!
Thank you so much 
for being part of 
One Hip World !!!

more to come.....

Together we can.....together we will !!