ADULTING WITH FASD
I am 41 years old. I am an adult who lives every moment, sleeping and awake, on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum. I was diagnosed at 34 years old, in Albany, NY, by a pediatric geneticist. At this visit, I got confirmation of:
-HEAD: A small head. My head is below the 10th percentile for adult head size. The perk is that my 8 year old and i share hats, headbands when we take a journey back to the 80s, and sunglasses. The not so good part is that I feel like from the back I resemble the shape of that character in the 90s movie Beetlejuice. Yea...not so cool.
-Eyeballs: OK, I am going to use SAT words here: Palebral Fissure. The length of mine can be, and in my case were indicative of someone with an FASD. A Palebral Fissure is the distance between the upper and lower eyelid on each eye.
-UPPER LIP: I have a smooth philtrum. That is the space between the bottom of one's nose and your top lip. There is no groove in the middle.
-FOOTSIES: I have extremely narrow feet and am very flat footed. Shopping for dress shoes growing up was painful for both my mom and I. It was an all day ordeal, 5-6 stores, and usually it was the last store where we had luck (honestly, it was probably where i just said the damn shoes fit because i had been done shopping 4 stores prior).
-Boogers: My pinky toenails don't look like other nails. They honestly looklike boogers, and grow upwards, not outwards.
-Vision: Let's just see I can't even see the BIG "E" they show for the vision test, but I was able to attempt to read the next line because I had memorized the letter E. I think my vision is around 20/600.
I am an adult living with aFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an adult with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I am constantly searching for sites that share in my quirkiness, and answer my questions i have about adults living on the spectrum. Take a peek at my blogs! They describe daily quirks, and ideas for parents, educators, children and adults living with FASDs.