Wednesday, April 20, 2005


I took Camie to the neurologist on Monday. Real nice doc, named Dr. Khan. I expected someone only half able to speak english, but I was dead wrong. He was very careful, caring, and made Camie feel comfortable.

He put her through a very simple "examination", consisting of a field sobriety test (stand up, close your eyes, put out your arms, stand on one leg, now switch) and the old exam where she sits down and the doc plucks her knees and ankles with that rubber mallet.

I think it was more for us, the patient and parent, to see him doing SOMETHING, because then he just sat down and talked to us.

He's not overly concerned, seeing as how Camie has zero symptoms beside what the eye doc saw. He did say he's had several young women in the past few years with exactly the same non-symptoms, just swollen optic-nerves, which eventually resolved themselves. Sometimes its puberty, hormones, stress... who knows.

So, he did suggest covering the bases, though. The CT-scan is good, because it's a quick, simple way to look inside the head and see if there is a big lump lurking there. However, the MRI is better, because it gives a closer, more detailed look inside the brain. The way he explained it made sense: we'd hate to miss something very small now, that didn't show up on the CT-scan, and have to deal with it later, so let's just go ahead and do the MRI now, since it's really not that big a deal, medically speaking. So, he told us he'd have his staff schedule an MRI, probably in the next few weeks.

They called the next day. Wow. So, Camie's going in tonight for her MRI. I'm pretty confident it's all much-adieu about nothing, but I want to safe. And I want Camie to be reassured she's OK.

So.... off to the doctor again tonight. I think this is the most my x-wife or I have EVER had to take our kids to the doctor.

Can you buy an extended warranty when kids are born? I think Congress should look into that....

Anyway, I'm off to have lunch with Emily, my eldest. I havn't seen her in a while. Will be a nice visit.

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