"We can't find a thing wrong with her." Dr. Ratcliff said.
"What? Then why does she keep blinking and making noises?" Zoe asked, getting frustrated.
"We think it maybe something neurological, so we are referring her to a neurologist."
"A neurologist?" Zoe exclaimed in a hushed tone as to not worry Hannah in the next room. "What do you think it is? It isn't something life threatening or anything?"
"It's not life threatening. It's probably just a simple childhood tic."
"A tic? Explain that to me."
"Involuntary twitching, blinking and sometimes, like with Hannah, vocal sounds. It's actually more common than people think. Does Hannah have any problems in school?"
"No, never, she's always been great at school."
"Well, that's good, usually when there is a childhood tic there is something else going on, like attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. Have you noticed any obsessive habits with her?"
"No, not that I can think of." Zoe said.
"Alright, well, let me get you that referral and I want you to set up an appointment soon so we can get to the bottom of what is going on." Dr. Ratcliff said.
"Okay, I'll do it when we get home."
As Zoe and Hannah were leaving the doctor's office, Zoe noticed Hannah blinking excessively and thought about the possibility that her niece may have something wrong with her. It broke her heart to think that, but what could she do?
The doorbell rang and Zoe knew it was going to be Dan, so she yelled from the couch for him to come in. The door opened and closed and Dan appeared in the living room.
"So, what's up with Hannah?" he didn't waste any time getting to the point of his visit.
"The doctor said nothing is physically wrong with her. He referred me to a neurologist."
"I always thought you needed your head checked out." Dan joked.
"Dan, by me I mean Hannah."
"Oh…well, what for? Is it something serious?" Dan asked concerned, taking a seat next to Zoe on the couch.
"He said it was a childhood tic and that that's all it could be or it could be more."
"Well, I did some research on the Internet about tics and it's most commonly associated with Tourette syndrome. So I guess, she is being tested for Tourette's."
"I thought that was that swearing thing."
"Swearing can be considered a tic for Tourette's, but it's not that common. Blinking is one of the more common tics." Zoe informed him.
"Well, at least you know it's nothing too bad." Dan said, trying to comfort Zoe.
"Dan, what if she's made fun of for it. That's the worst thing that can happen and I don't' want to see Hannah go through any pain."
"Kids will be kids. She may get picked on, but everyone got picked on at some point in their life. I was beat up in high school because I had no fashion taste."
"You still don't" Zoe said, playfully hitting him.