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!

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..