Happy 10 year anniversary new hip socket!

14th October 2014

Me in plaster 10 years ago

This is perhaps the weirdest anniversary I’ve ever celebrated, and probably the weirdest one you’ve heard of too.

It is 10 years to the day (Tuesday) that I went into hospital for major reconstruction surgery on my hip/pelvis. I walked in without a hip socket, and I wheeled (yes, wheeled) out with one.

Wondering what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick overview.

I was born without a hip socket in my left leg. It went undiagnosed for almost 2 years and so my options were limited when the time came to do something. I had many operations when I was younger to try to fix the problem, but it wasn’t until we went for a second opinion that I discovered that I could have a hip socket constructed from bone taken from my pelvis. It’s more of a shelf than a real socket but it does the job.

I had a 5 hour operation to form a shelf/socket and spent 6 weeks plastered from my chest to my toes, lying on my back and playing Mario Sunshine (Gamecube) for hours/days/weeks on end. As you can see in the picture, I opted for a blue plaster. I’m an Evertonian, what did you expect?!

I had two weeks of intensive physiotherapy after I was removed from the plaster and I had to learn to walk again. I spent quite a few months afterwards in a wheelchair and walking short distances with a frame.

I’m celebrating because 10 years is a long time. It’s certainly not been an easy 10 years but there have been so many highlights. Some of which are hard to imagine doing pre-hip socket.

Here’s what has happened to me in the years since I’ve had my new hip socket:

  • I finished primary school and started secondary school.
  • I finally went swimming with dolphins. And then did it again for good measure. πŸ˜›
  • I had surgery to remove some teeth and correct my tongue tie.
  • I wore braces for almost two years.
  • I taught myself HTML and CSS.
  • I began dating Tyrone.
  • I left school with 11 GCSEs.
  • I started blogging.
  • I started college and left with 3 A-Levels.
  • I began learning how to drive (I’m yet to pass).
  • I started perusing my case for medical negligence.
  • I moved to Liverpool.
  • I started university.
  • I moved in with Tyrone.
  • I finished my first two years of university with 1st grades in both years.
  • I travelled to 9 countries: Portugal (10 times!!), Italy, France (inc. Corsica), Belgium, Spain (inc. Mallorca), Greece (Rhodes), Vatican City, Egypt and Jordan.
  • I’ve had three jobs and I’m still doing my favourite one.

While there are times when I regret having the surgery, I know that my current situation would have been entirely different if I hadn’t had the operation.

I would also not have achieved the things I have achieved without the continuous support of my family and friends.

Right now I’m focusing on the future. The last 6 months have been so problematic thanks to my hip, but I’m making it stronger again and I will get myself to a better situation comfort wise. I will also continue to push my case for medical negligence and prove that someone out there was to blame for my continuous misdiagnosis.

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  1. Happy anniversary to the day you got a successful surgery. Didn’t even realize you were in a blue cast until you pointed it out. Thought you were wearing jeans, hah! I noticed you don’t take a lot of photos of your boyfriend & I don’t even know what he looks like…or what the two of you together look like! You talk about him so much, just thought that there’d be a pic to accompany the text.

  2. Awesome anniversary! I am a believer that these things are meant to happen for a reason. With the trials and tribulations of this you’ve got the get up and go to do things and get somewhere πŸ™‚ Happy anniversary! Keep having fun x

    • Holly

      Thank you! I certainly think having this problem helped me to become a more determined person, and that can’t be a bad thing. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, I can’t imagine having to go through that kind of operation at such a young age.
    But hey, you look like a sweet child, and Mario Cart is also the best game ever.

    When I was in my teens I broke my wrist and had to have it in cast for 9 weeks (really bad break) the pain of have an itch I couldn’t reach was intense and I can’t imagine how it would have been.

    • Holly

      It was tough but I certainly came out a stronger person thanks to it. πŸ™‚

      That does sound like a bad break! Itching was just one of the many daily challenges for me. I had a little bit of wiggling room in the plaster so I could move my leg a little to scratch an itch. Still, it wasn’t very effective! πŸ˜›

  4. Tess

    Congrats on such a milestone!! 10 years is by no means a short period of time, but indeed in some ways it is. What a story and a journey it must have been for you! Thank you for sharing that with us πŸ™‚

  5. Cat

    Oh wow, that’s a lot you had to go through and at such a young age too! That must have been rough to be in a cast for so long, and then to have to re-learn how to walk afterwards. At first glance, I didn’t even realize that was a cast. Like Tiff, I thought those were jeans!

    You’ve achieved so much in the past 10 years! That’s awesome πŸ˜€ I hope things get better with your hip, and best of luck on your medical negligence case! I hope something comes out of that!

    • Holly

      I have to admit, I got bored so quickly. I have to thank my parents for keeping me occupied. They both had to take time of work to care for me.

      Someone else who was in the hospital and in plaster at the same time as me actually drew pockets and a zipper on to their blue plaster to make it look more like a pair of jeans. I just got my friends to sign mine!

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ I hope so too.

  6. It’s worth celebrating because you got better. What a story you shared with us, and the fact it was merely 10 years ago. It feels like it was yesterday, but then you realize it wasn’t really.

    I too, went through a lot when I was young, but I survived it all. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. I really enjoyed reading this post, because it showed how far you’ve come despite having to deal with your hip issue. I remember reading your posts last year about how it was giving you grief, I do hope it’s all subsided a bit now.

    I feel the same about my case of high cholesterol; I still get annoyed every time I remember that they couldn’t tell me for ten years that it was genetic, and instead told me that through all my eating disorders and being underweight, it was purely diet-related. It’s really sad that some doctors just don’t get these things right and people like us have to suffer for a good while.

    • Holly

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ I’m still having problems but they’ve been a lot better since I changed doctors/hospitals.

      Medical negligence is just the worse. It makes it so difficult to trust medical professionals.