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Thanks @Kristen I am now back from my holiday.  Here is Chapter Six.


Chapter Six


Selina and Steven stared at each other. What was going on?

What's happening? Is Jasmine ok? I would rather you were honest with us. I'm a nurse in another hospital as well as a new mother.”

Jasmine's foot is slightly turned in. I am going to get a physiotherapist to come and look at Jasmine.”

- - - -

The physiotherapist came along and checked over Jasmine.

Talipes can happen sometimes when the baby is wedged in the side of the womb. This can happen like in Jasmine's case where she is quite a long baby.

The physiotherapist did a few checks.

I wouldn't worry too much. This can be corrected. Would you be able to bring Jasmine for physiotherapy?”
“We'd be happy to do that.”
The physiotherapist looked in her diary.

How about Friday 31st May?”

We'll be there.”

Steven you'll be back at work then.”

Selina, you and Jasmine are my priority and matter much more than work. I'll come to the appointment with you both.”

Ok. I'll give you some exercises to help correct the talipes on the 31st May."


To be continued...

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Great chapter

oh no poor Jasmine I hope everything will be okay.

I trust you enjoyed you're holiday @chair

Update again soon :)


Edited by Kristen

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Thanks @Kristen.  Here is Chapter Seven.


Chapter Seven


On the day of the appointment the physiotherapist called them through. She did a few checks and advised them to keep doing the exercises.

Ok, please don't panic but I also wanted to discuss something else with you. Do either of you have any history of hip problems in your family?”

I lost my own parents at the age of fifteen. They never mentioned hip problems but I guess it's possible.”

I don't really talk to my biological parents anymore than I can help it. I'm not aware of any hip problems though in the family. Is there a problem with Jasmine's hips?”

When I tested Jasmine's hips at birth I could hear a click. I tested them again today and I could still hear a click. I'm going to book Jasmine in for a hip scan. Do I have your permission to do that?”

They both nodded and Steven hugged Selina.

I'll support you and Jasmine through this.”

Thank you darling.”


- - - - - -


Selina was doing the washing up but kept staring out of the window. Steven came over and wrapped his arms around her.

Are you thinking again about Jasmine's appointment tomorrow?”

Yeah. I don't know what's going to happen. I mean I know the basics of hip dysplasia through my training as a nurse. But it's different going through it with our daughter.”

I will be there to support you and Jasmine through it all. We've given Jasmine her bath.”

Yes I remember from my training that if she goes in a pavlik harness you aren't meant to take it off during the day. So we would need to just use a sponge to bath her whilst she has the harness on.”


To be continued...


Here is the storyline mentioned at the beginning of this fanfic.  Also the clue from the title of Part 2, 'Joining Our Lives Together'.  I hope I can do this storyline justice.


Edited by chair

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Great chapter 

so Jasmine might have hip dysphasia poor thing 

update again soon :)

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Thanks @Kristen  Here is Chapter Eight.  I have written the chapters up to this one so far.  Chapter Nine isn't fully written yet so I will post when I have written more.

(Side note - It came in rather handy that Steven might not be aware of all of his family's medical history!)


Chapter Eight


The next day Steven and Selina wheeled Jasmine into the hospital. Jasmine was fast asleep. The letter they had been sent told them they needed the x-ray department so they headed there. They booked in and took a seat.

A man came out to meet them. He shook both their hands.

G'day, am I right in thinking this is Jasmine Matheson? I'm Peter, I will be x-raying Jasmine's hips today.”

Hi. We are Jasmine's parents. I'm Steven and this is my wife Selina.”

Nice to meet you all. Come on through. We're going to x-ray Jasmine's hips today. Can I just check how old Jasmine is please?”

She's 4 weeks old.”

I can reassure you that this isn't going to hurt at all. Now I need you to take Jasmine out of her pram and lay her down on the bed.”

Selina picked up Jasmine and realised she had a wet nappy. Selina changed her nappy quickly then lay her down where Peter had directed.

Now I am going to x-ray Jasmine's hips from the side and from the front.”

Jasmine started to stir whilst they were doing the x-ray. She had a couple of whimpers but fortunately they were able to finish the x-rays before she was fully awake and demanding milk!


- - - - - -


After they had finished the x-ray they were directed to the area they would see the consultant. They went and sat in the area where Selina was able to breastfeed Jasmine.

About halfway through Jasmine's meal they were called through. The lady saw what was going on and came and spoke to them. She could see her next patient was waiting and called them through first. Jasmine took a while so the next patient afterwards was seen next as well.

The consultant called them in eventually.

Hi I'm Rosie. I'm here to discuss the results of Jasmine's hip scans today.”

Hi, this is Jasmine, we're her parents. I'm Selina and this is my husband Steven.”

Ok guys. I've looked through the scans. Have you heard of hip displasia before? Are there any hip problems in either family?”

I lost my parents suddenly when I was 15. I'm not aware of any hip problems in the family but it's possible.

I've checked and there are none on my side of the family. I'm trained as a community nurse though and hip displasia was covered in my nurse training. I've filled Steven in on what I know though I don't have any personal experience really.”

Rosie held up the x-rays.

The hips are meant to be in the socket at a certain angle. The hip isn't in the angle it is meant to be. It's 60 degrees out of the angle it's meant to be. Are you following?”

Steven and Selina both nodded.

To correct this Jasmine is going to need to wear a pavlik harness for the next twelve weeks. She will need to wear it 24/7 and the harness can't be taken off, not for Jasmine being weighed. You will need to sponge bath Jasmine. Any other questions?”

Will she need further treatment with surgery or anything else after this?”

Hopefully not if the harness does its job. She will have regular checkups over the next 12 weeks.”


To be continued...


This is a pavlik harness:  https://www.google.com/search?q=pavlik+harness&rlz=1C1AVFA_enGB760GB760&oq=pavlik+har&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.2650j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Edited by chair

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Great chapter

I hope Jasmine will not have any more problems and the Pavlik harness will help.

Update again soon :)


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