Hello again ATS...
I left off last time at the point where I'd been given a set of physio exercises to carry out, in order to correct my posture and walking. I'll
come to that shortly, but before I do I'll explain a few things about my physical appearance and build; things that 'don't stack up' when
considered in the light of my family background.
As mentioned before, I possess several features that are entirely uncommon to anyone else in my maternal/paternal families, and I also lack other
prevalent family traits
Eyes, hair colour, bone structure, ears, neck and shoulder structure, body type - if you were to see a picture of me standing with my brothers/ half
brothers, you'd instantly see a vast difference between their incredibly similar features and my own. Obviously I won't be uploading the picture
I'm referring to, but I'll try to give you a general idea:
The shape of my face/ skull... I have an 'upside-down teardrop' sort of thing going on. The rest of the family have either a squared, or very
slightly elongated oval facial shape. A dominant feature is my ears, which are pronouncedly 'elfish'. When I was very young I asked my parents why
I had 'funny' ears. They said it was because I was born in breach position, and that during a long labour the doctors needed to use clamps to hold
my head in efforts to deliver me. This was told to me in all seriousness (and I was old enough to recognise when my parents were 'pulling my leg').
To all intents and purposes I believed that story, and held that it accounted for why I was the only person in the family with Spock-like ears ever
since. I've checked back a few generations on both sides, but no-one else has anything of the sort in the ear department.
I'd have forgotten all about it, but my children have been born with the same ears, leading me to think that it was in fact a strong genetic trait
possessed by... me..?
The main recurring feature that all other family members DO have is the nose. It's basically a very long 'roman' nose, with a hook over the
bridge. Viewed from the side, it protrudes out then drops sharply - a triangle shape if you picture that. My nose is nothing like that, being
straight and averagely proportioned from top to bottom. The 'forehead of the family' (how weird is this thread becoming..?) is relatively narrow
and flat, with minimal eyesocket protrusion. My forehead is broad and rounded, with eyebrows significantly forward in comparison - also have more
Got the mental image of a cross between Quasimodo and Peter Pan..? You are in fact extremely close (not too hideous though, honest..!) Let's mix it
up some more as I explain some oddities relating to my skeletal structure.
First point of note is the extra bones in my feet - a medical certainty. I had an X-Ray two years ago when I broke one of my toes, and the
radiologist pointed out that he'd been interested by some extra bones - on the outside edge of my foot, and on the toes themselves. He didn't go
into any more detail and only had one perspective to review with the image taken. This ties in with something a chiropractor had told me even earlier
(without access to any X-Rays).. that my feet are literally a 'freak of nature', with a combination of features rarely (if ever) seen. His
conclusion was that my feet have "incredibly high arches, a one-in-a-million feature in itself"... "bizarre, over-tense tendons" and "strange"
flexion across the arches.
Bypassing the legs for now, we move to the spine. Again drawing a comparison to all known family members past and present, I have a completely
anomalous spinal construct...!
And then there's the neck, wrists & hands to consider...
* CONTINUED TOMORROW *