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!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Doctor's Visit

It seems to never fail, that Elijah has a psychiatrist visit and then the next day has an AWFUL day at school. Yesterday, we visited the PRN for the psychiatrist Elijah sees and discuss his behavior. It has been off and on for a few weeks, but the PRN didn't want to change any of the dosages on his medication. I was not happy, but she is the expert. He just always seems to be "ON THE EDGE". He  tries so hard to make the right choice, but his body and brain won't let him at times.

I got a phone call from his principal today while I was at work, that he was having a ROUGH DAY. He was in the office having a meltdown. I finally got him on the phone and talked him down. I then made a call to the PRN and waited for a call back. When she called she stated that she thinks it is all behavioral, that he can control himself if he will calm down for me. Well, he used to calm down for the principal and teacher. Now it is a phone call to me. She increased one of his morning meds by 0.5 mg and we will go and see her in a month. I have also asked the school to pull the behavior specialist in to do some observation. I also asked for an ARD to discuss counseling and the STAAR-A exam. For those outside of Texas the STAAR is our state assessment and there is a new version...A is for accommodated. It will be on the computer. I want to discuss that with the school as well. Now I'll just have to wait for the diagnostician to give me a call.

I'll let you know how it all goes. Hoping for a better day tomorrow. I just hate to see him struggle with these behaviors.

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