When David and I found out we were pregnant after many years of trying (13) we were thrilled to find out we were having a BOY!! What would we call this little jelly bean that would be here in 7 months….the name Tanner Joseph was continuously discussed in our conversations and it stuck. We pictured a blonde headed, browned eyed, little boy climbing on the fort in the back yard, chasing his sister, playing baseball, football, and soccer. Tanner Joe, Number 12! Never in our wildest dreams did we think those activities would not be a part of his childhood.
At the end of February 2005, Tanner began to display limping and complaining of knee pain. As the pain continued to increase we met with our pediatrician who ran blood test, x-rays and ultrasounds. We then went to a local Ortho, who also x-rayed Tanner. However, he put him on the examination table and began to rotate his leg and frog him. It was at that point Tanner was diagnosed with Legg Calve Perthes, better known as Perthes. We were told to keep him non-weight bearing, no running, jumping, or contact sports and that within 4-6 years his femoral head would “regrow‘ and he would resume life as normal. Here we are 6 years later, Tanner is 10, and almost to the date he was diagnosed with Perthes he faces a surgery that prayerfully will eliminate his pain and allow him the freedom of being a normal child.
This blog has followed Tanner and our journey over the last 6 years and will continue to do so. Please take the time to explore the above tabs, What is Perthes and What’s Happening Now (it’s our blog).