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 12, 2011


Medication has done wonders for Elijah. He has been on one medication or another since he was born. Being born prematurely he was on medication to mature his lungs and to close a valve in his heart. He was on medication during his entire NICU/Spec. Care nursery stay to keep fluid off his lungs. He was on this same medication for a year after he came home from the hospital. He also came home on oxygen. He has seen a pulmanologist since the day he came home!

He has been on asthma medications since he was born and these keep him healthy and functioning. I am thrilled at the advances in medication since Elijah's father was a child. He is also on medications for his ADHD, OCD and tics from the Tourette Syndrome. These medications are a bit trickier to regulate and we have had many changes in the last three years since his diagnosis. I am also thankful for the doctor's that prescribe these medications and work with me to keep Elijah mentally strong and safe.

However, sometimes these medications can affect his personality in a way that is not good. He is on steroids and some very strong cough medicine with codeine right now. This makes him quite edgy and he is quick to anger, which is not a good thing for a child with neurological issues. He has had a rough few days at school and at home. I am hoping that by the middle of next week he will be off these medications. He will be on breathing treatments for the next few weeks and those can also affect his behavior.

I am also hoping that it is these meds that are affecting him and we will only have to deal with it for another week or so. I really don't want to have to tweak his other meds, because it is just scarey to do. We never know how it will affect him and he has been doing so well. I'll keep y'all posted.

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