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!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Just One More Thing

Elijah just can't seem to ever catch a break. When we went to the pediatrician on Monday, he had blood drawn. He is on so many meds for his Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD, that the doctor wanted to check his liver function and whatever else could be affected. The doctor also checked his cholesterol which was a little high, but not too bad, and also checked for diabetes. Well, he doesn't have diabetes, but he is not too far from it. The nurse said she was going to send me information on a Step 1 diet. I really wasn't too surprised, he has put on so much weight in the last two years. I can blame it on medicine, but I can also blame it on poor food choices.

I was at the rec center when the nurse called and then my honey actually called me. She was close by, so Elijah and I met her at the grocery store. We picked up some fruit, yogurt and Cheerios. Cheerios will be for breakfast. The fruit will be for a snack as will the yogurt. I have needed an incentive to lose weight and now I have one....for Elijah, because he needs to lose weight. I am also going to have him walk with me whenever I go walking. All we can do is get up every morning and tackle this the best that we can. I am going to start counting his calories too. I tried to explain to him why we have to change things up with what he eats, and finally told him if he doesn't make these changes then there are needles in his future. I know this isn't going to be easy, for any of us. He doesn't have diabetes now, and my goal is for him NOT to ever get it. This is a true kick in the rear for me, but I think I needed it to put these changes in place!

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