Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Word of the Day

Anomaly: A deviation from the usual, something different, peculiar, or abnormal.
A congenital anomaly is something that is unusual and different at birth. A minor anomaly in this context is defined as an unusual anatomic feature that is of no serious medical or cosmetic consequence to the patient. A minor anomaly of the feet might, for example, be curvature of the second toe so it overlaps the third toe a little. By contrast, a major anomaly might be a cleft lip and palate, a birth defect of serious medical and cosmetic consequence to the patient.
"Anomaly" comes from the Greek word "anomalos," which means "uneven" or "irregular." "Anomalos" comes from the prefix "a-" (meaning "not") and the word "homalos" (meaning "even").
I have heard this word before, but never really used it in my vocabulary. I think it is a good word to replace birth defect. Isaac was born with what doctors would call multiple congenital anomalies. Isaac has congenital anomalies with his heart, brain, ears, eyes, mouth, and airway. I am pleased that although he was born with multiple congenital anomalies, he is still enjoys life. Isaac has brought so much positive into our lives, we will never be the same again. Each one of us in our family have grown tremendously from our experiences. I think it will be interesting to see what kind of things Lauren, Brianna & Isaac will do when they "Grow Up". Lauren wrote a I have a dream speech a few weeks ago that brought me to tears, it mentioned things that would change our world for the better such as becoming a scientist and inventing a cure for the common cold and cancer. Cancer research is so dear to my heart, I have seen and heard so many wonderful people I love suffer from this terrible disease. When I get her I have a dream speech back from the school I will post it on her blog. Brianna is so full of Love and Life, she is amazing at the things she can draw and she is so graceful. Isaac is so incredible with the brain he has, he comes up with the most thought provoking things and is so good at figuring out on his own how to read big words. I am so fulfilled with my kids and their wonderful qualities, where before I had kids there was such a large void in my life. Now I know why my heart ached for so many years to have these kids. In the back of my mind I remembered what extraordinary spirits they were in the pre-existence.