Monday, February 21, 2011

Overcautious or Not Concerned Enough?

Maybe I'm being overly cautious, or maybe I don't find it serious enough.  When the boys first arrived home, I noticed that every once in a while Baxter would blink really hard, and sometimes his eyes would roll back into his head.  He never stiffened, made a noise like he was in pain, or did anything to indicate that he was anything other than fine.  I noticed, but didn't think it was anything to worry about, there was a lot more stuff going on with him when he first arrived.
After a while, it seemed to go away.  This made me think that it may have been associated with the new environment, the old environment or even travel.  But over the last month it has begun occurring again.  During a doctors appointment, my pediatrician even saw it happen.  He said that I should just monitor it, because it shouldn't be serious if it comes and goes.

Well, I have been observing it lately and there is no distinct time or reason it happens.  It doesn't seem to be triggered by a mood or action.  So recently I did some research online.  On WebMD, I used their symptom checker and all I was given was epilepsy.  Well, I wouldn't say that was encouraging.  I delved into epilepsy, and have decided and it isn't that.  But another thought did occur to me.  I wondered if it was tourrettes.  The information I found said that it was hereditary, and that it occurred in all races (although it was mostly in Caucasians).  The most interesting fact is that is can come and go, and the tics can also change (which would explain it's short disappearance).

So I've been recording every time that  I noticed it happen, when it happened and what he was doing.  He has a doctors appointment this Friday, so I am hoping to speak with the him about it.  It's hard because anything is possible.  I haven't the slightest knowledge of his medical history. 

A part of me feels like I am assuming the worst, potentially labeling my kid with a disease, but at the same time, I don't want to let something that could be effecting him go unknown.  Man, being a mom is tough.  I almost feel like I lose in either situation.  But it doesn't hurt to talk to my doctor.  Hopefully he will have some further insight.  I'll let you know what I find out.

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