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!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Elijah and the Bathtub Tics

Elijah's tics have been SO much better since he started his new medication. It took a bit to figure out the dose that would work for him, but overall his tics have been better. The huge BANG BANG tics, as I called them, have pretty much gone. He still has a few small bangs(hits things) that he does with some snorting and throat clearing, but nothing too bad.

For some reason, however, when he gets in the tub the big bang tics come back. He is either pounding with his hands or with his legs. Now this wouldn't be too bad, but I think he put a small crack in the bottom of the fiberglass tub. I had a plumber come out to fix some leaks in the two tubs and we discussed this small crack. There is nothing really I can do about it he told me. He did tell me that the tub was weak and the fiberglass could break if pounded too hard. So even though I don't mind the tics, now I have to worry about Elijah possibly breaking the tub and possibly hurting himself. We discussed what would be involved with putting a new tub in and I may just have to do it this summer!

Just need to hope those bang bang tics will lessen!

1 comment:

  1. hmmm... think it is sensory? or possibly chemical? the reason that this happens? could you do some sort of sensory thing b4 the bath? or consider episom salts in the bath? just tossing these ideas out there..