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!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I just paid $2824 for a two year service agreement plus loss damage coverage for two Freedom processors. I saved $314 by paying for two years rather than paying $1500 for one year for both Freedoms. Elijah has NEVER lost a processor, but as they say never say never. We do get good use our of the service agreement. In the last three months alone we have replaced three coils and two controllers. Hopefully in two years we can upgrade Elijah to the N5 processors. His Freedoms will be five years old by then and most insurance companies will pay for upgrades every five years. When will trade in his older Freedoms that stay in a drawer and are not under a service agreement. If he is able to upgrade to the N5, these will have a three year service agreement and loss/damage. There may even be a new processor in two years.

There is no price that I would not pay for Elijah to hear. I am amazed at the technology and what he has accomplished. At least I can write it off on my income taxes under medical when I file my 2013 income taxes!

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