Elijah has gained quite a bit of weight in the last few months. Most of it is due to his medication. If you look at other pictures on this page to the right and compare them to his latest swimming picture you can see the weight change. I have been able to lower his seroquel, that he takes during the day by about 100 mg and plan on lowering it another 25 mg starting tomorrow.
However with this change I have seen more tics. Nothing too serious, but they are definitely returning. They are still better than they were back in January when they were almost all the time except when he slept. I am seeing him lick his hands and rub his face, stomp his foot, and he likes to bit on things. He got mad at me and put my arm in his mouth, but really only nibbled, no real bite. He also invades personal space a little too much, but I know it is a tic and don't react. He then backs off.
The "wait and see" is because I never really know if the increase in tics is due to the medication change or is he just having them because they are on an upswing, JUST CUZ they are. I mean there were no changes in January when the tics just bombarded him, they just increased because they did. I think this is the hardest part about medicating Elijah. Now the risperdal did help almost immediately with the tics, so I do know addding that was a good thing. The seroquel during the day was for tics, but if that doesn't help anymore than we do need to decrease it. With the weight gain we have to worry about even more things so we need to watch these medications, especially if they make him want to eat all the time!
I do know he has grown a few inches too. We go back to the endocronologsit on August 2nd. I am curious to see what he has to say about Elijah's height.
I wish there was a blood test or something to let me know if we are on the right track. Observation is all I have at this point! At least I get to be home with him over the summer during all of these changes! Now I just have to WAIT AND SEE how it goes!
THE SHADDOX BOYS
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!