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Acupuncture for Tourettes and Tics

Many times in the early days, when Stink’s tics seemed awful, I’d say, “God, I’ll trade in x if you take Stink’s tics away.”

When things were calm, I’d say, “God, I’ll trade in x if you keep the twitches mellow just like they are.”

My prayer request was not granted, but as the Rolling Stone song says, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”

Apparently what Mama needed was her life back – a life that didn’t consist of worrying about Stink 24 hours a day. It didn’t mean I didn’t have to try to suppress the tics and keep him healthy, but as the motto for my website goes, I had to work toward “Accepting the tics I couldn’t change, change the tics I could, and have the wisdom to know the difference.”

After some careful prayer and consideration, it was pretty obvious I had to get back to my writing, hence this blog and my book. (The book… I’m so behind. I’m going to have to stop talking about it and just do it.)

While doing what I love didn’t change Stink’s tics, it helped me stop focusing like a laser light on what I couldn’t change and try a few new things. One of those is acupuncture with the talented Martina Eberhard.

As you can see, needles in Stink’s ears left him highly traumatized.

Stink will be seeing Martina 2 days/week for at least two months. I’ll keep you informed of his progress.

Meanwhile, Martina will be working on his “wind” to create better digestion. Apparently his tongue is an off color, indicating that he is not processing food as well as he could which doesn’t help with tics. Given he’s eaten more gluten than a truckload of Webby’s bread this vacation, I’m shocked his tongue hasn’t transformed into a oblong ball of white spongy flour.

What about you all? What kind of treatments have you pursued either for yourself or your kids?

Until next time, enjoy the pleasant visual of needles being placed into my kid’s shins and head. The irony that just 12 hours earlier I was using sewing needles to hem his pants did not escape me.

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About Andrea Frazer

I'm a produced television, magazine, newspaper and national blog writer. My current project involves a book about my journey raising a son with Tourette Syndrome. In dealing with twitches and tics, I've gone from despair to acceptance to hope. Now, like the title of my book, I am Happily Ticked Off. My goal for other stressed out parents is for them to arrive in the same place with tips, tools, suport, diet tricks, supplements and more that I'll provide at my site here. Welcome to Happily Ticked Off!

5 responses »

  1. Great new website! Very cool idea to trade in services.

    I say your Stink is a courageous lad. My children would just hear the word needle and run screaming into the outdoor wind – forget the inner wind. :0

    So cool that you are exploring options!

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Fabu. I think finding balance is key and you are doing a great job all around!

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  3. I’m afraid I would not be able to keep a straight face when someone talked about my child’s “wind”. You are a much more mature person than I….

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  4. Jonathan Beggs

    Andrea, You may find this website helpful.

    http://www.nutritioninstitute.com/Tourettes_Syndrome.html

    The author is a psychiatrist with a PhD in nutrition and extensive experience in treating Tourette’s

    All the best,
    Jonathan Beggs

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  5. Pingback: Acupuncture to the Rescue: Tics Reduced! | Happily Ticked Off

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