I am tired so I am just re-posting exactly what I posted on my Perthes support group..
The appt went fine...long..but fine. The nurse came in and asked us a lot of questions. Then we waited about 2 hours and a resident dr came in. She also asked us basically the same questions that the nurse asked...then she wanted to check his leg. She moved it and bent it all kinds of ways..you all know the drill. Then she said that she was going to get the dr and they would review his xrays (they didn't take any new ones since he just had them done on 3/30) and would be back in to talk to us. They come back in and the doctor talks to us and then he proceeds to also check out Dalton's leg. He just said that basically Perthes is a very controversial topic because there really isn't one certain way that is right or wrong to treat it. He said that with Dalton's age that he really expects him to do ok...there could be complications but that is why they keep an eye on it. He said that if he was 8 then they would be more aggressive...but at age 4 he expected him to do fine. That's basically the same thing his regular ped ortho is saying as well. He said that pain is part of it...he didn't seem overly sympathetic about the pain to me......but that might have just been me. The regular ped ortho just seems more "sorry" that Dalton is hurting....the one today just like yeah, pain is part of it..he'll be fine. He said to treat the pain with motrin, which is what we've been doing..He also said that if he's limping badly or in pain to limit his activity, but he also understood that he was 4 years old and that's a challenge in itself.
Of course, poor Dalton has been so sore this evening and one time even had huge crocodile tears because he's hurting. He always seems to hurt worse after his leg has been moved so much in those positions that aren't comfortable for him. He wants to see him in 6 months. How often are your children seen? Our regular ped ortho wanted to see him back in 4..but this one says 6.
We were very impressed with Shriners...everyone was so kind to us. When we first walked in they gave Dalton a stuffed animal to take home..and he loved the waterfall and all the toys, etc. He didn't want to leave when it was time to go. lol