Last week Alyssa saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome. We have been blessed in two ways. First, her A.D.D. meds are working to also keep her tourettes symptoms under control. Second, she has what they consider a mild form of the tourettes (no sudden vocal outburst, just body twitches and a huff). The biggest shocker for me was when he told us it was hereditary. I can't think of one person in our family or Rob's family who had any symptoms of tourettes.
Wednesday she is going to see a psychologist. Stress is a major factor for the onset of her Tic's so we are going to work on a stress management plan. Alyssa took the news so well. She was happy to finally understand what was going on. I am not going to tell you she wasn't also upset. No 15 year old wants a "new problem" that they cannot control. Over all I think she is doing very well.
I didn’t take the news as well. I am ashamed to say I have been heartbroken by the news. I haven't let her see me cry but I have cried just about ever night since we found out. I think I would have taken the news better if it was me that had been diagnosed. As parents we want our children to have perfect lives with no complication. I think I am just worried about her and school. If she has a really bad tic day like she did a few weeks ago....it could be so embarrassing for her and kids can be so cruel.
Thank you all for your prayers and love.