Sunday, November 27, 2005

Not that there's anything wrong with that

When the oldest was about two, I began to be concerned that his eyes seemed slightly misaligned. He had been monitored for the first year of his life for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) by a specialist, as he was born prematurely and had to be on a ventilator, and that doctor had mentioned something about alignment during his final appointment, too.

So now it was a year later, and we had moved and had new insurance that required a pediatrician's referral to see an eye specialist. We had just started being seen by a new pediatric practice, a large group one. I called in and told the scheduler I was concerned that my son's eyes seemed to not be aligned. I wasn't yet familiar with all the doctors, so accepted the first available appointment offered, which was with a pediatrician we had not yet met.

So in we go the day of the appointment. The nurse takes his vitals and asks what he's being seen for today, then tells us it will only be a few minutes until the doctor comes in.

I'm amusing the oldest by looking out the window and pointing down at the little cars in the parking lot far below when the doctor knocks once and quickly enters. She's looking down at his chart as she says, "So, you are concerned that his eyes don't appear aligned?"

I'm literally on the e sound of the word yes when she looks up and I see that one of her eyes is looking in a completely different direction than the other.

Characterized by embarrassment and discomfort: awkward, uncomfortable, uneasy.
"constrained." Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995. 27 Nov. 2005.