I am going to admit that I don't know much about mirror image twins except for the obvious. That they are mirror image. Now here's where things get quirky with the girls. Anna is left-handed. Allie and Em are right-handed. We had our suspicions over a year ago when the girls first started using utensils and then crayons. Anna mostly used her left hand. Her therapists now agree and believe that she is left-handed as well.
Does this mean that Anna is a mirror image to one of her sisters?
Now, it gets even more interesting. When Anna was in the NICU recovering from her surgeries, the doctors discovered that she had reflux to her right kidney. This simply means that the opening to her bladder from her right kidney wasn't quite right, which could cause urine to back up into her kidney, which could lead to an infection. She has been on a low dose of antibiotics ever since.
When the girls were about four months old, I rushed Em to the ER after her pediatrician could find no cause for her fever. He has a small pratice and outsources all lab work to the local hospital. It turns out, Em had a urinary tract infection. Two months later, I was back at the same ER with Allie. Same symptoms. I told the nurses and doctor that she had a UTI. I was correct.
With the UTIs and the fact that it was known that Anna had kidney reflux and that everyone is identical, the girls' pediatrician recommended that Allie and Em undergo a procedure called VCUG. It was basically torture for them but those test revealed that both babies had unusual shaped openings to their bladders from their right kidneys. I had never questioned whether the girls were identical or not. At that first ultrasound, we were told that they were identical. There was one placenta, which was tested after delivery, and the girls shared one sac with very thin membranes keeping them from entangling their cords. The results of the VCUG sealed the deal.
Anna being left-handed still baffles me.
I am sure someone is wondering so I want to briefly discuss her spina bifida. Presumably, that occurred after the egg split. Nutrients from my depleted body (I had just given birth to Abbey) were being shared amongst three little beings. Maybe there wasn't enough to go around? There are several stories out there of identical twins with only one afflicted with spina bifida.
Minor change of subject but Anna had some very important bladder/kidney appointments this week. She had a procedure done to check out her kidneys and I have to say that she was such a little rock star. The techs told us that they usually have to hold the kids down. I could tell that Anna was afraid but she just held my hand and watch Dora.
We received some great news. The test results showed that there was no reflux. Her doctor believes that her body grew out of it, which happens to a lot of kids. Allie and Em also grew out of their issues. Her doctors are considering taking her off of the antibotics, which is fantastic news.
How can I complain about anything when Anna is doing so well?
Maybe when the girls are older, I can really investigate this mirror image twin business. See, my thought is that if Anna was mirror image then would all three have issues with their right kidneys? DNA and genetics are such mysterious creatures.