It was a normal Friday night, in early March, and our family was going thru their normal nightly routine. It was dinner time and I was on Grayson duty, making sure his high chair tray stayed fully stocked of bite sized pieces of food (he loves food and shovels whatever we put in front of him in his mouth all at the same time). I was cutting up more food for his tray and I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t think anything of it. I chalked it up to being exhausted from the work week and figured I was seeing things. Then it happened again. “What was that,” I thought. Whatever I was seeing was coming from the direction of Grayson; so I just sat there and stared at him waiting for “it,” to happen again. And it did. I couldn’t believe what I just saw. His eyes bounced, horizontally, back and forth. Had I blinked I would’ve missed it. I sat there, determined to see it again, and I did. It freaked me out. What the heck was wrong with Grayson, now?
Mike had just taken him to the doctor for another ear infection (his 4th one in four months) earlier that day. I told Mike about what I had seen and he sat there looking at Grayson, but didn’t see his eyes move like I had. Mike was with Grayson the entire day on Saturday, while I was at a birthday party with our older kids, and he didn’t see Grayson’s eyes bounce back and forth until around dinner time. Whatever was going on, we knew we’d be making another trip to his doctor’s office to get it checked out.
We saw his pediatrician, explained what we had been seeing (which had increased in frequency) and showed her a video that we had taken of his eyes. To rule out anything visually wrong with his eyes, she referred us to an ophthalmologist; so off we went to see the ophthalmologist.
The ophthalmologist went thru the standard eye examination. He confirmed that there was nothing, that he could see, behind Grayson’s eyes causing pressure which would make his eyes bounce back and forth. We showed him the video of Grayson’s eyes bouncing, and he saw for himself while examining Grayson. He ruled out Nystagmus. Whew, we dodged a bullet. We were relieved that it was nothing serious. At the very least Grayson was a bit far sighted. We asked about Grayson’s recurring ear infections and if that would cause his eyes to do weird things. The doctor said that it could, and he suggested that we move forward with getting tubes in his ears (as recommended by his pediatrician).
Mike and I didn’t feel comfortable putting Grayson under sedation, for the ear tubes, until we knew what was going on with eyes. We were fearful that by putting him under sedation it could harm him if we didn’t know what was going on in his brain. Next stop a chiropractor.
I knew chiropractors could help with ear infections; so since we were waiting on tubes, why not try a more natural approach to ward off the ear infections. I was able to get Grayson an appointment for a Tuesday, which was 11 days after I had first noticed his eyes bouncing back and forth. By this time, his eye movements had increased in frequency and were more intense. All you had to do was look at Grayson for a few minutes and you’d see his eyes bounce back and forth. I told the chiropractor what we had been seeing, and told him we were hoping a couple of adjustments would help with both the ear infections and the eye movements. Before leaving the chiropractor’s office, I made another appointment for Grayson to have another adjustment after we got back from our Spring Break family getaway.