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 and received no answers but referred to a local Orthopedist. At our appointment he had X-rays of his hip done and had him placed on the exam table. As he began to rotate his leg and frog him he knew without looking at the X-rays what Tanner had. 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 11 years later, Tanner is 15 and still dealing with Perthes. It is a disease that does not magically go away after regrowth. Some children are lucky and can play sports, run and even walk without pain with Perthes. My child was not one of them.
This blog has followed Tanner and our journey over the last 11 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).