Sunday, June 16, 2013

Update on Adam- Neurologist Appt.

In the exam room
Adam had a follow up about his tics and OCD behaviors a few weeks ago. His tics have completely subsided. He is very fidgety, but it isn't repetitive or as excessive as it once was. The OCD behaviors are still there, but he can go to bed without his blanket being completely smoothed out, and the OCD-type stuff he does is not interfering with everyday life. The doctor was pleased with Adam's progress and not really concerned about any of the things we brought up. He said that Adam could develop OCD or Tourette's in the future but thought that he mainly just needs to stay challenged intellectually.  His comments or actions that concern us just indicate that he is very bright and makes connections and sees similarities in things that most four-year-olds would not see. The neurologist said that this can be a bad thing in a family where a child is not stimulated and is yelled at a lot, but that Adam is in a good home environment so it shouldn't be a problem. We just have to keep him challenged and find creative, positive ways to help him when his brain gets "stuck" on a behavior or action. (No pressure on us as parents- right?)

For example, not too long ago, Adam was obsessed with wearing his ball cap, and would be really upset without it. Wes was trying to get him "un-stuck" on this obsession and took it off. Adam cried at first, but Wes turned it into a game to see if Adam could find where his hat was hidden. Adam soon realized he would be okay without his hat on, and it isn't such a big deal to him anymore.

He has this thing right now about arranging and taking pictures of his food. This is a bridge over a river.
He will take a bite of food and see a new shape every time. So eating a meal with him is very entertaining. The other day, while eating pizza, he'd shout, "Look! A dinosaur!" Then, "It's a hang glider!...Now it's the letter J!"

And this is a recent Facebook post from Wes: Adam's practicing his letters by drawing them in the air and he just gave me this gem. "A cross looks like a lower case t, except it's made out of wood instead of your imagination." 

After the appt., we took Adam to have a special day with us. He had both of us all to himself. We went to the Cincinnati Museum Center. He loved it.
He got to learn about making cheese. During the presentation, the guy told them that they were going to start with milk, which is a liquid but that the cheese would be a solid. Adam raised his hand and knocked on the table while saying, "Excuse me. This table's a solid!" He's so funny!
We had a great day together.

This weekend, I worked in Alabama and was able to bring the boys and one of our favorite college students from church along with me to watch the boys while I worked. We stopped at an amusement/water park called Lake Winnie (near Chattanooga) on our way there. It was an amazing day!! I said many prayers of thanks while we enjoyed some fun in the sun!

Have a great week!



teal915 said...

The neurologist told us that if our son had his tics for over a year, it's technically Tourette syndrome. It's been well over a year now, and he still has them, although the intensity does come and go. But, like you said, since it doesn't affect his daily life, the neurologist said there was no need to go back to see him, unless we saw it was becoming a real problem. The medication he took when they were real bad was terrible, so we'd have to be pretty desperate for me to ever consider that again. Glad hour little guy is doing well.

Leah said...

Sounds like good news for Adam. :) Love the pics from your little trip! Fun, fun! :)

Cyndi Murphy said...

Thanks for the great update and the wonderful pictures. Your children are blessed with kind and loving parents!

Anna Theurer said...

Thanks for the update! I have been wondering how Adam was doing. Love all the pics too.

Jenny said...

That's great the tics have subsided. I'm glad to hear he is doing well, I was wondering how he was.
Great pictures in this post too! The boys looks like they are having a ton of fun!

Laura said...

This is the best news - I am so happy Adam is doing so well!!!!!!