I watched Ryan skate, somewhat aimlessly, in a pair of hockey games this weekend. His usual strength, positional play, was seldom seen. He looked out of sorts on the ice. After the games ended, I observed him for signs of impulsivity and to assess the frequency of his facial tic. I took him home, watched […]
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When you’re in the thick of it with difficult times, it can be helpful to step back, breathe, and appreciate some small — or not so small — success. Sometimes you have to seek out these small triumphs, sometimes they find you. Ryan spent the weekend battling a head cold. The congestion exacerbated his facial […]
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We took Ryan to the neurologist this week. It was Veronica’s idea, but I was fully on board. (You were right, honey — it was your idea. Please remember that I admitted it.) We needed a neurological opinion about Ryan’s ongoing facial tics, now frequently augmented by a nasal snorting sound. It’s an issue we […]
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To medicate or not to medicate. It is never an easy decision. It took us YEARS to cross the medication threshold with Ryan. Both Veronica and I felt that as long as he could attend in school, we did not want to medicate. A little over a year ago, we saw a child that was […]
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