RSA: A Minor Medical Mystery

Leave it to Rudy, but we’ve got another peculiar issue to add to the list.  There hasn’t been much written about RSA, but our diagnosis is certain and confirmed.  At first we mistook the symptoms of RSA as a coincidence…

But we watched him closely and picked up an undeniable trend…

It doesn’t just happen when he’s lying down.  RSA can flare up when he’s seated…

He’s been known to have an RSA outbreak in public places…like Wendy’s.

That’s right, we’re talking about RSA…Right Sock Aversion.  We’ve watched Rudy closely and have repeatedly seen this pattern.  Never the left sock (which would be LSA) or both socks (BSA–Bi-lateral Sock aversion).  Why always just the right?  Perhaps some of the medical geniuses who follow Rudy might have a theory on this, but for now we’ll just start a low-profile RSA Awareness campaign.

RSA attacks seem to start like this…

Nonchalantly get a grip...

Then the behavior escalates…

Keep working on it...

And pretty soon, you’ll have that right foot all happy and free.  Apparently once you’ve got the right foot out, there’s no need to bother with the left.  You can just kick back…

Probably not as significant as some of the other mysteries we’re trying to solve, but it does get one curious.  Stay tuned for the RSA Research telethon…

RSA...It's a mystery?!!!

25 thoughts on “RSA: A Minor Medical Mystery

  1. Now that is very strange. I have never heard of this before. It makes me wonder if the sock start to go missing or are easily found when this happens. I can think of an up side to this, all the money you’ll save on socks. Love the photos and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Hugs.

  2. I hate to tell you but RSA is progressive, so it will become bilateral (at least it did in my nieces and nephews) and in a couple of them in the winter it morphed into HAHA (Height Attenuated Hat Aversion) where they would pull the hat off of any head in reach!!!

    Actually Rudy’s tootsies are awfully cute! no wonder he shows off his footsies!!!

  3. That Rudy is a clever boy. Find freedom wherever you can, my man – let those toes wriggle free as the breeze. But I do agree with Emily’s diagnosis that this syndrome is most likely going to be progressive – left foot next, then hats in general, then maybe even jackets, one arm at a time. Be sure to watch closely.

  4. Hilarious! I wonder if it’s dangerous?! You should hire a detective. Maybe he/she can figure out if it’s contagious. Soon Uncle Rolf will be pulling off his right sock in the highchair at Wendy’s. Oops, I told. Sorry Uncle Rolf!

  5. Maybe…just maybe…this is actually a manifistation of that wily HRFS, HOT RIGHT FOOT SYNDROME. It’s kind of an internal air conditioning system…sort of like sticking your foot out from under the covers at night to cool yourself off. One never knows about these tricky syndromes, but sometimes they can be downright useful!!

  6. Just goes to show you how unique this little guy is!! LOVE the RSA. You rock, special Rudy!! Luv ya, Jane and Joe xoxo

  7. Just wait, one day he will take off the left sock, and realize how much better it feels to let all those little piggies wiggle free.
    From one bare foot, piggies free and love’n it, to another.
    Way to go Rudy. It might catch on as a fashion statement, you never know.

  8. So glad we’re not the only ones! Thanks Rudy for helping us to know we’re not alone (sniff). Sadly, our Lucy has DARAFA. Damned Annoying Removal of All Foot Apparel. Socks and shoes. She’s got the AACT form of the condition: Always At Critical Times (i.e., just when you need to jump from the car to run almost late older siblings to their classrooms fast).

  9. This probably isn’t the same sort of thing, but thought you might be interested nevertheless…. I had a boy in my Kindergarten Sunday School class once who was severely handicapped due to a stroke before birth. He was deaf and had cerebral palsy to the point that he was just trying to walk at 6 years old. He also frequently removed his right shoe and sock. His mother told me that he did it because he had learned that he could use his foot much like he did his hands. One of his hands was nearly useless, so he would improvise and use his one good hand and his foot. And, naturally, that foot worked much better without a shoe and sock on it!

  10. Very Funny you all had me going! I was like, Right Sock Aversion, Right Sock Aversion, RSA,? did I miss that lecture, perhaps skim reading in tactile defensive behavior chapter?!….hmmmm….Awww Gottcha!

    HEE HEE HEE,… keep ’em guessing RuDDAAYYYYYY!! BIG HUG, KENDY

  11. HA! You guys are hilarious! Rudy thought he was being sly…but NO, you caught him!

    MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Sending love and prayers to the entire Geyling family!


  12. My diagnosis: It is undoubtedly neuropathy which causes a lack of feeling in the feet and is a hot and prickly sensation. Best advice: Stick your feet in an icy-cold mountain stream…….ahhhh! Whatever it takes, Rudy! I love you and enjoy this blog to see and hear the latest from the Geylings.

  13. I so agree with Grandma Jo, however I believe it is called CF (crazy foot). I happen to have clf, whereas Rudy perhaps has crf. Mine occurs at odd hours, but mostly after sitting for long periods of time (see Rudy in his chair) or in bed at night. Relief is slow in coming and I’m thinking Rudy’s idea of leaving it uncovered ALL the time is the answer I have been looking for! Thank you so much for sharing!!! And a blessed Christmas to you all!

  14. Amazing! In the midst of all you have to deal with, you still find time to make us break out laughing! Thanks for making us aware of RSA!

  15. Many prayers for Rudy and family! May your good humor be an inspiration to us all! We have to make a conscience decision and CHOOSE to look at the glass as half full vice half empty. You’re the ones who help get ‘us’ through times we only ‘think’ are rough. What a joy Rudy must be and with that cute face I’m in love with him and his story. So, for all of you I will pray for God’s miracles and for ‘us’ I will pray that we outgrow the negative and learn to embrace the ‘moments’ in time that should matter. Blessings.

  16. Hello! I wanted to contact your family but couldn’t find another means of doing so other than leaving a reply. My son has HLHS and a trach as well. I’ve been told that combination is extremely rare among the HLHS group. I stumbled upon your blog while google searching the combination. My son needs a trach because after the norwood, his vocal cords became paralyzed into a tight position, thus not allowing enough air to pass to the lungs. I was wondering if you could let me know how things went for Rudy’s trach and his progress with it. My email address:

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