Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Doctor Visit

I missed Tessa's appointment last month for 15 mos., well, because I had no idea that a kid had to go in at 15 mos. I was waiting for the 18 mos. mark. Duh.
Anyway, the goods on Tessa....she weighs almost 27 lbs and is in the 70-80th percentile for height. She isn't as tall as she was, but still tall. Now, we've been so lucky to have such a healthy girl, but the doctor did find something interesting this morning. We still don't know what to make of it. After examining eyes, ears, nose, etc., the doctor wanted to examine her eyes a little closer. She wasn't the most cooperative child ever, but after a little while, the doctor explained what is slightly different about Tessa. Her right and left eye are switched. The eyes work just fine, they've just switched jobs and places. Apparently, although very uncommon, it's not a problem at all, just one of those interesting gene pass alongs when you get two recessive carriers together. Jake and I had no idea we were carriers, and it never really gets talked about in the medical world because it doesn't make much of any difference. Tessa sees things in what we would call "mirror image", but since that's how she's always seen it and how she'll always see it, she'll never know the difference. Crazy. I guess she's got something to share in school when they do those "something unique about yourself" activities.

3 comments:

adrienne said...

Isn't it amazing all the little things that can turn out not quite right with kids? Most kids are so healthy that you don't really think about it until something like this happens. That's how I felt with Emily's reflux. It's not life-threatening or extremely serious, but might affect her in a small way for the rest of her life. It's just makes you realize what a miracle children are in the first place!

Christian & Katie said...

You are such a stinker Maren!

Talbot Family said...

I just want to know if she really weighs 27 pds.? Adessa is 25 pds. fully clothed with a wet diaper. I know, she is still in diapers. Gross! I have just been trying to imagine what having two switched eye balls would look like.