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!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What is going on?

Well, I am not sure what the heck is going on with Elijah, but I sure do wish I had that user's manual I mentioned in another blog. His tics are OFF THE CHARTS to say the least and behavior is just crazy.

We went back to the doctor this past Monday and decided to lower his ADHD med. The reason being, is behavior seemed to be worse in the morning and that may be when the ADHD med is at its peak and if tics are bad, this would make them worse. She thinks tics are driving behavior. Now if I only knew that for sure or not.

I won't even get into what he did yesterday at school, but we have not seen this kind of behavior in over a year. It is like he is a different child. Which truly makes me believe it is all NEUROLOGICAL and he really cannot control some of it. I think the teacher agrees, but neither of us knows what to do about it. He still can't hit, spit and kick others. I have found someone who knows about tourettes to speak to the teacher and hoping she has some ideas.

I just don't know how to help. I know he wants to behave, but his body just won't cooperate sometimes.

Hoping this med change will help. It has only been a few days and the doc said it may take a few weeks to know if it will help with tics. I am hoping if tics get better, then behavior will improve.


  1. can i ask what medds you do? feel free to email me off of the blog. lapain.amy at i recently talked to developmental ped about maybe ssris given the combo of issues in my son

  2. Hello,
    I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I didn't realize there was a comment on here. I have been so busy with Elijah that I just haven't checked, and not many people comment. I don't mind emailing you so we can chat, but not sure how to that. I clicked on your link but can't figure out how to contact you.
    You can email me at if you like.
    I saw your other post as well. would love to chat.
    sorry again!