Dani and I have been in town all day for our Fortnightly Marketing Peregrination. It’s always a long day for us, but I’m reminded that the wife of Proverbs 31 fame was praised for being like a merchant ship, bringing her food from afar. We were home just before 8:00 this evening, just in time for Dani to head to the neighbors. She and her brothers are caring for the neighbor’s horses, dogs and cats while they are aware for a few days.
Copper stayed home with the boys today. The boys finished up the week’s homeschooling and my husband continued the work of painting the boys’ room. It looks great, and it may yet be done before he returns to work next week. It’s been a long, full day for all of us.
Without dwelling forever and a day on Tourette Syndrome, I felt a need to clarify for all of you what Tourette Syndrome is and what it is not. Tourette Syndrome is not just a single tic or two. Rather, it’s a variety of multiple, physical (motor) tics combined with verbal (words, vocal noises) tics. Though the motor and verbal tics need not be present at the exact same time, they frequently are, and both must occur for there to be a diagnosis of TS.
It’s also helpful to note that TS is quite frequently, but not always, accompanied by another neurological disorder of some sort, conditions considered “co-occuring” with the TS. Co-occuring conditions might include OCD, ADHD, etc. We all have, had, or will have a tic of some sort during our lives, and we certainly do not all have Tourette Syndrome. There are a variety of other tic disorders out there, too. Tourette Syndrome cannot be self-diagnosed. TS is a neurological disorder and must be diagnosed by a neurologist, or similarly qualified M.D., and the symptoms must conform to a particular set of established criteria. Any co-occuring disorders must be similarly diagnosed. Those with a genuine interest for more information can visit the Tourette Syndrome Association.
There have also been a couple of questions about why we had William diagnosed. It’s a bit complex, but still easy to answer. We had William visit a neurologist several years ago because we wanted a diagnosis to be on his medical record. You see, many Touretters run into problems later in life because of their tics. A four year old boy who says “Whoop, Mama!” really loudly behind the lady at Wal Mart is easily forgiven. Not so a grown man.
Similarly, a man who is experiencing a heavy load of physical tics might give the impression to law enforcement of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Having a diagnosis on his medical chart won’t stop the police from questioning him, or even from arresting him; but it would be helpful in clearing him of any possible charges. I know that might sound like courting trouble in advance, but I see it more as establishing a a safety net for him well in advance of it being necessary.
After such a long outing in town today, it was nice to come home, pour a glass of something cold, and enjoy the spring evening on the front porch with my husband. With the rains behind us at last, I think, it’s time to spend some time cleaning and prettying up the front porch for the coming warm weather months. I’ve missed spending time there!
God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!