It’s probably nothing…September 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Today I took Liam to orientation at his preschool. And for whatever reason, he was not happy. Not happy at all. I had to fill out some paperwork and he stubbornly refused to leave my side. He cried whenever I tried to talk to anyone. He played with toys, but the minute I made like I was going to get up, he panicked and screamed for me. And when I finally just picked him up and held him while I tried to get whatever information I needed, he just moaned in that whiny way he does when he’s upset. I had a chat with the director, explaining that he’s always kind of done this in uncomfortable situations – when we’re faced with a crowded room, or we’re going somewhere he’s not happy with. And she suggested perhaps we should talk to his doctor about occupational therapy. She said her son had similar signs of anxiety, and the techniques they learned – like applying pressure to his to arms and feet – helped him calm down.
I usually hate going to the doctor when Liam’s not technically sick, but I’ve noticed a couple of other things I’d like to bring up with her. For the past month or so, he’s been complaining about mouth pain. I brought it up with the dentist, but Liam wouldn’t even open his mouth, so he told me just to keep an eye on it. I did some poking around in Liam’s mouth, and the best I could figure out was he had canker sores. I noticed his gum bleeding when he brushed his teeth last week, too. I’ve cut down on orange juice and bought some topical medication that I apply whenever he cries about it. But it seems to be getting worse.
Then, as if Babycenter knew I was on a what’s-wrong-with-my-kid kick, I got this article about eyesight problems with preschoolers and the signs you should look for. And wouldn’t you know it, but I’ve noticed Liam’s been doing this weird blinking and rubbing his eyes for the past few weeks. I remember because it was right before we got our portraits taken, and I was paranoid he might be getting pink eye. But thinking back, during swim lessons, I noticed him squinting all the time. I figured it was just the sun in his eyes, or maybe the water was irritating them. But none of the other kids were doing it. It could be nothing. But because James and I both wear glasses, there’s a good chance Liam will need them, too. Hopefully not yet. But it can’t hurt to check it out.
Actually, it probably will. Liam hates the doctor. And I hate taking him. Problem #1 makes checking out problems #2 and #3 a dreadful proposition. And two of these problems will likely involve a trip to a specialist. Joy. Maybe I should just scrap the whole thing. Eating and seeing aren’t so important, right?