Preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance

In the words of wikipedia;

The care and servicing by personnel for the purpose of maintaining equipment and facilities in satisfactory operating condition by providing for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects

Personnel being doctors, equipment being Jennifer’s body and defects, in this instance anyway being her hips.

Children with spastic diplegia suffer from “scissor legs”, the muscles tightening in their groins due to the damaged nerves that don’t receive gamma amino butyric acid.


The legs grow, but they grow with gait, which means they cross. The earlier the onset the higher the likelihood of there being major problems with the hip joints.

Jennifer’s aren’t crossed yet, but they’re not exactly growing straight.

While the Botox has help her Clonus, (cramps and shaking), the botox has no documented effect on the groin muscles stopping her gait.

She will, more than likely have an operation before Christmas to loosen those muscles.


Surgery is a last resort, in the meantime she’ll sleep on her side with a pillow between her legs. In 3 months she’ll have a follow up xray and they’ll make a decision.

This surgery is noninvasive, keyhole surgery.

If we were to let it go, it would probably result in her having to have major hip surgery. It still might, but here’s hoping. …..


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