A Blessing in a Velcro Disguise

October 12, 2013 – Our first appointment with Children’s Orthopedics of Atlanta (CHOA) arrived. I had no idea what to expect, but every bone in my body ached for a different diagnosis. God had a plan for our little guy, one that triggered mixed emotions during the weeks to come.

Mason was fitted for a Pavlik Harness which consisted of velcro straps designed to increase the flexibility of his hips and ultimately correct his dysplasia. I remember the appointment vividly; I fell apart in the exam room and didn’t stop crying for almost two weeks. I grieved for the experiences we would no longer have: swaddling, normal diaper changes, easy feedings and baths. I even cried because Mason wouldn’t be able to wear the cute outfits that were washed and folded neatly in his drawers. What was most heartbreaking? I no longer felt his little body against me when I held him due the the barrier the scratchy velcro created.

Round One!

Round One!

Mason wore the harness for three weeks. During that period, his doctor no longer felt clicking in his right hip, which hopefully meant stability. Unfortunately, the ultrasound confirmed that the absence of clicking was due to the femur being so far out of the socket, it couldn’t be popped in place. The harness was removed just in time for Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble!

Gobble Gobble!

Mason wore every outfit in his closet during his time out of the harness, including pajamas. Selfishly, I was so happy to have him all to myself, velcro free, even if that meant the harness didn’t work.  Looking back, I truly believe God gave me two weeks of “normal” as an answer to my prayers. He knew I was at the end of my rope and I wasn’t ready for what was yet to come. It was during this time when I began to study his word to find comfort and understanding. I stumbled upon the book of James, and meditated on the following verse for weeks:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience trials of many kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.
– James 1:2-4

The first week of December brought a second and final attempt of the Pavlik Harness. Mason wore it for three more weeks at which point an ultra sound confirmed his left hip was completely stable, but his right hip had not progressed. The harness was a blessing (disguised with velcro) and an answer to our prayers; his left hip was healed.


What did this mean for our little guy? It meant God wasn’t finished and there was more to come. It meant three months of “normal” followed by a closed reduction scheduled in the spring. It meant God was giving my husband and I more time to prepare…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
– Jerimiah 29:11


About hsg2011

I am a daughter, sister, wife and mother with a passion for writing and a desire to comfort and help other hip families by sharing our story, tips and insight.
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1 Response to A Blessing in a Velcro Disguise

  1. Brianne says:

    Heather, as I lay in bed feeding my sweet miracle, I’m crying with you mama! I’ve been there, receiving news that shakes your world – that makes you weep over not being able to heal your baby, that selfishly cry over snuggles, pjs, & bathtime. Likewise, being so thankful that the Lord knows us & how much we can handle – thankful for those “little breaks” & a few days of normal. I won’t ever take those little things for granted & am so thankful for the few I got with Joy Belle & you got with Mason. You nailed it, God knew we needed it. God knows that no matter how strong, everyone reaches a breaking point & I’m so grateful He’s there to provide a renewed strength to keep us going. You are so strong & now have such an amazing testimony. One thing that keeps my head up is praying that through it all, He will receive the glory. I pray, that the Lord will use us to be a light for Him through Joy Belle’s tough & trying journey. God is not only doing amazing things for you, S, my husband, & myself, but think of the testimony our little ones are going to have – that’s a blessing.
    I’m so glad you are sharing Mason’s journey & your heart. You three have been in my prayers since the day I first found out about Mason’s hip dysplasia & I will continue to pray for you all. (And I’m so thankful you reached out to me in my time of need!)
    A Heape of love from South Georgia! Xo

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