Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Raising children is not an easy thing to do. There are so many decisons that come with it and some are easier to make than others. The first decision we make is what to name this new baby that has arrived. From there the decisions can get more complicated. For some children there are more decisions than others.

There have been so many decisions that I have had to make for Elijah. He came home on oxygen and we had to wean him off of it. We had to make decisions about what to do about his hearing when he kept failing his hearing tests. We finally decided on an implant and thankfully it was one of the best decisions we made, but not one of the easiest, since there were not guarantees it would work.

Elijah also has ADHD, OCD and tourette syndrome. We have been on the ADHD roller coaster since he was in kindergarten. In 2nd grade he got the tourete's diagnosis. Since then we have had to rely on doctors to help us decide what medicines to try and observe and report back to the doctor. Just tonight, we have decided to try a new tic medication.

I try to make the best decisions I can. One thing I do know, there will be more decisions to make in the futre.

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