(You MUST try saying “High Eye” out loud. And really fast. And over and over. It’s quite addictive. I’ve been saying it since I typed it and JUST CAN’T QUIT.)

Remember Ali’s Scary Eye Trick that I banned right after shooting this video?

After she learned how to control her eyes independently and freak the entire world out, her left eye would, very rarely albeit, float inward on it’s own:IMG_5668
Okay, I think that one must have been on purpose, because the accidental ones are typically a bit more subtle, but you get the point.

Chris’ eye also does this every now and then when he’s really sleepy, or looking out of the corner of his eye. Also, I found out from his Aunt Kitty that hers did that as a child, as well as some other family members.

So I asked Ali’s Pediatrician about it at her three year old check-up, and she wanted me to get it checked out, especially with such a strong family history of the odd behavior.

(Ali got all of her Father’s family’s weird genes – she also has a huge dark freckle right above her left butt cheek that apparently can also be found on every butt in the family.)

(Don’t ask me how his family realized this and collected the data on everyone. I don’t know nor do I want to know.)

So I got an appointment with a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, and began dreading the day.

Ali, like most toddlers, is not a fan of strangers getting in her personal space, and isn’t too keen on taking doctor-like orders at all, even from non-strangers (aka her Dentist, whom she loves when she sees at Church), so I just KNEW that strangers getting in her eyes would NOT excite her.

Besides the fact that the referred doctor was a man. Another strike against him.

Of course, I prepared her beforehand, and explained what all they would do. Luckily, she had just gone to the eye doctor with me, so I was really banking on that experience helping her be more comfortable with all of the contraptions herself.

But the man thing, she just couldn’t get past. She kept asking me, “Are you SURE he’s going to be a man? Do you think that she MIGHT be a girl?”

“No baby, it’s a man. But he’s a nice man like Daddy.”

(Fingers crossed that he’s a nice man.)

“Well I think she’s a girl. I like girls.”

Ali was right in one sense – the eye technician did most of the work, and she indeed was of the female persuasion.

She had Ali read a picture eye chart similar to this one that my friend Marie sent me:

Except with no Christmas tree. I guess that’s been deleted for political correctness.

But that ridiculously ancient (80’s) telephone – it threw her off on every line. As IF she’s ever seen a telephone that looked like that. If it had been a flip cell phone or a smart phone? She would have recognized it right away.

Somebody needs to update the child reading charts to show an iPhone, a Leapster 2, a Flip Video Camera, a Garmin, and a laptop.

Although I think she would have done BETTER with the letters chart, she managed to convince her eye tech that she could clearly see all of the lines.

Then – the dilation.



I have never minded going to the doctor (although I pretended to hate it when I was little because I thought I was supposed to hate it but really I loved the attention but wanted my Mom to think I really needed to go and wasn’t just going for the attention) until I became a mother and had to hold my screaming child down.


However, I think that a couple of those drops had to have had marijuana in them. After a minute of recovery, she got so calllllm…and zoned…and giggly…and started eating her PEZ with two hands as if she had some mega munchies…

In toddler druggy slurred speech, she told me, “Hey Mommy, I thought I was sleeping in my big girl bed, but big girl beds don’t fit in chairs!! Silly chair.”

I REALLY knew she was high when the MALE doctor finally came in, and she just sat there, as if she were an adult, and let him poke, prod, move, and in general invade her eyes in every way.

They know what they’re doing with those eye drops. I just know it.

The diagnosis was that her vision was excellent and she just has freakish extraordinary control over her eye muscles, but to keep a watch out to make sure the occasional involuntary movement doesn’t get worse, and come back in six months for a recheck of her freakish extraordinary eyes.

And, of course, she’s still not allowed to perform her Scary Eye Trick.

She was still eyedrop-high on the way home…


but found her “eyes to be too bright” to be outside. So she improvised:

And THAT’S why Michael Jackson’s kid always had a blanket on, ladies and gentlemen – he was totally hooked on the Pediatric Dilation Drugs.

18 thoughts on “High Eye Adventure

  1. LOL! Geez, they don't do the 3 drop dilation at Jack's eye doc. His drops don't appear to sting but he also doesn't get the high….hmmmm..must be the extra 2 drops…

  2. LOL! How come the eye drops they use when I go to the eye doctor just hurt. I would before the goofy high feeling.

    Glad that her vision and eyes are okay and that it was a stress free visit.

  3. Do you think we can get those dopey eye drops on the kiddie black market for days when our lovely children are not so cooperative?

    The large butt freckle is such a nice family heirloom!

  4. That video is adorable. I love it that she got high on eye drops. Maybe you could go back and swipe some for all of us!

  5. She did better than I did at my very first eye appointment. I refused to let them put drops in, so they had to put me to sleep. That's the only time I've been to the emergency room.

  6. ROFL!

    That really is a pretty cool trick she has with her eye. I'm glad everything checked out alright though.

    And I HATE getting those drops in my eyes. Maybe next time I'll ask for the pediatric ones :)

  7. What do you mean "weird family genes"? We are just unique people with birth marks and eyes that have fallen in every generation. Does she have the pink birth mark on the back of her neck right at the neckline of her hair? It also is a Callahan thing. Glad to hear her eyes are good, didn't want her to get the vision we have. Love her new pictures. Thanks.

  8. Gotta love the freakish,umm, I mean, extraordinary things in life! ;) <—kinda like his talent!

  9. Glad to hear that the appointment went okay! I always sit with a blanket over my head afterwards too. Smart girl!

    I really dislike the eye drops though – my eye doctor uses two different sets; one to force your eyes to dilate and the other that stings. I think the dilation ones are the ones that make me feel a little woozy, cuz I usually decline those. I find them excruciatingly painful. My family inheritance includes eyes that naturally dilate and contract to a freakish extent, so if you shine a light in my eyes and simultaneously prevent them from contracting it feels like a blow to the face.

  10. Oh my, too funny. That correlation to Jacko was comical.

    I can do a freaky thing with my left eye, too, and it just looks weird. I also see double as does Ali. Don't worry, I won't post any pictures. You'd be ascared-a-me after that.

  11. That's amazing that she can do that. Think how cool she'll be when she gets in school:)
    Alex a mole/birthmark thingy on her chest as does my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. Daddy's pass on strange genes!

  12. LOL! The drug induced smile is hilarious! Glad she did so well and nothing is wrong. What a funny girl. :)

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