Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

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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