I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned Evan’s talent on here before. I think I have but I’m too lazy to look it up. So in case I haven’t, Evan has a very unique talent. He has wandering eyes (or if you want the medical term: exotropia strabismus), which is not the talent itself but what he does with it. He is able to “perform on demand”. We think it’s kinda fun to show it off once in awhile.
But those days will come to an end tomorrow. After seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist since he was 3, we knew that at some point it would be decided to go ahead and get his eyes surgically corrected, that point is tomorrow. We have had mixed emotions and feelings about this as any parent would, weighing the pros and cons to having surgery. But ultimately we decided it would be better now versus later.
While I was at the doctor’s a few weeks ago, a nurse mentioned that if I hadn’t already I should get a photo and video of this for posterity sake. I was a little weirded out at this comment, but after I thought about it, I realized this “gift” should be documented just like a first tooth or a first soccer game. Because this is a part of him. And he is beautiful whether his eyes are straight or whether he is showing his chameleon skills!
See, not many people and more rarely kids can control their wandering eyes. Every doctor who has seen him is absolutely amazed at his ability to control it. One of his ophthalmologist even went as far as to say she had NEVER seen anyone able to do this and how she wished he could verbally explain how he did it so she could teach others how to do it!
The reason for having the surgery now was based on his inability to control it during times of stress or far sighted viewing. In the truck almost 100% of the time, his eye is wandering because Evan is trying to look out the front window where I am driving and he can’t control his eye when trying to focus on objects far away.
So in honor of modern medicine and on the suggestion of a random nurse, I present to you Evan and his wandering eye! I have to admit, it saddens me to think that I will possibly never see this again even though I am excited that he will no longer see “2 of you mom” anymore! I was really banking on making millions off this skill, I guess I need to find another money making plan!
And because we are all super nervous, anxious, stressed, terrified about surgery for Evan, we have been hanging on to the verse Joshua 1:9!