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, March 31, 2012

Mom, The Freezer is Locked!

Elijah has always been a child who gets into mischief. It always seems to find him. He reminds me of the kid in Goonies, Chunk, who always seemed to break things and get into mischief. This is my Elijah!

Well, one thing he likes to do is explore in the freezer in the garage. One day, when staying with Jacob, he ate a whole thing of chocolate chip cookie dough. Another day, he may get into the waffles and eat four for breakfast on a weekend morning. Just this morning, I woke up to find him in the den sitting in the electric mower's box that had been in the garage!

My partner has been wanting to buy a lock for the freezer, just to keep Elijah out of there. Even Jacob gets into things that we would rather he not eat. I finally told her she could order it and we installed it last weekend. We didn't mention it to the boys, because we wanted to see what they would say when they found it. Well, Jacob mentioned it after a few days, but no word from Elijah. Well, today while at grocery shopping he looked at me and said, "mom, there is a lock on the freezer!". I told him that I knew that and we put it there to keep him out of it! He looked a little baffled, like why would WE want to keep him out of it. He then said, "what's the code?" to which I laughed and said, "well we aren't telling you!"

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Break

Well Spring Break did not start off well. I got a phone call around 3:15 on Friday afternoon(last day of school) that Elijah had been aggressive again at school. I could hear him in the background yelling. Isn't life grand? I was told what happened and that they were afraid that he might not get on the bus. I was 90 minutes away and there was no way I could get to the school in time. Thankfully, he did get on the bus.

Needless to say, he is grounded for the entire Spring Break. He doesn't get to play with his nintendo DS, the Wii or my iPad. I have also found several web pages with free math and language arts worksheets. He is working on some now and worked on some yesterday.

I did call the doctor on Friday, because Elijah had been having a hard time falling asleep for the few nights prior to this and was awake before I woke up. She upped one of his meds and we had a planned trip to see her for Monday(tomorrow).

He has been pretty good all weekend, but he does show his attitude at times and I send him to his room. I really do get that he has impulsivity issues, but he has also got to learn how to control it or it will always get him in trouble. He has a pulmanologist appointment on Tuesday and Jacob sees the orthodontist on Wednesday.

Needless to say, when Elijah is grounded, I am also grounded. I limit what I watch on TV and he wants my attention since he doesn't have much to do. I would hope at some point, he would "get it" but I guess it is going to take more practice.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Things Continue to Go Well

Elijah continues to be doing well in school. He had a few instances where he screamed/yelled in class and calling names, but no aggression! We go back to the doctor on March 12th. I am curious to see how this coming week goes. His right ear processor has had not more instances of blinking! That is a good thing!

Jacob spent his second Saturday at the soccer fields refereeing. He has earned some decent money. He is a bit more motivated to work now that he has a PayPal account. I can't believe how tall he looks compared to the kids on the soccer teams he referees for.

We are all ready for Spring Break to start next weekend. We don't have anything planned for Spring Break, except to try to get some rest.