The Strep/Tic Connection

I was very sick last week, as was my daughter the week before. For us, it was all about being knocked on our butt for a few days, sniffling like crazy, dealing with a few nights of sore throat due to post nasal drip and feeling exhausted.

Stink had a sore throat on Friday and stayed home from school. Unlike the procedure for Pip and me which involves sleep and hot cocoa, I took Stink a day later to Urgent Care.

When I arrived, I was lucky enough to have the same (may I say very handsome) doctor on call. He swaggered in with his deep brown eyes and five o clock shadow immediately sat down on this rolling chair, flipped open Stink’s chart and began the following conversation.

Doctor Dreamy: So, Stink has a sore throat again?

Me: Yup.

Doctor Dreamy: No fever?

Me: Nope.

Doctor: No spots?

Me: Nope

Doctor: But you still want us to do a rapid strep test?

Me: Yup.

Doctor: Works for me.

Five minutes later.

Doctor: He has it.

Me: (grunt grunt grunt) But you can’t explain why?

Doctor: No. It’s very very odd.

Me: Do you think this is why, possibly, he tics? That his basal ganglia has been ravaged so many times that it simply doesn’t have a fighting chance in hell to normalize?

Doctor: Honestly, it very well could be. I wish we had answers. But I can tell you this: You’re on it.

I rushed into his arms in utter thanks for not looking at me like a two-headed Jenny McCarthy anti-Autism Hippy Mama on Crack.

Me: I try.

Stink is now on penicillin, a change from his normal amoxicillin thanks to Doctor Dreamy who thought maybe, just maybe, a change would do him good.

Now back in school, Stink is his old crafty self. No complaints, no exhaustion, and still no major tics!

What do you all think about the correlation between strep and tics?

My takeaway on strep and tics: Kids who have TS have more sensitive immune systems. The better the diet (though not a cure all) and the more tailored the supplements to each child (get a good homeopathic doc) and the more sleep (8 hours at least) the less likely their immune system is to take a hit. And when the immune system does crash, be kind to yourself. (Moms and dads, you didn’t give your kids TS. You are good!)

* Photo above taken the day after our renter’s birthday when the kids helped bake a belated cake. And check it out: massive food dye on the cake, and still no tics! Vitamins? (new ones… will post later) The other supplements we are on? Natural waxing and waning of tics? Who knows! Don’t care! Will take the break while I can.

PS: Renter didn’t complain about the gluten free cake which tasted like rock sponge surprise. Nor did she mind her new skin color. We have the right gal for our house!

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Supplementally Speaking… All Good

It’s been a whirlwind in our home, hence the lack of posts. I hope you have all been well. As a quick wrap up, here’s what is going on with us:

* My friend with the Leukemia is on Round 4 of chemo. She is as cheery as the day is long and puts my complaints about tics to shame

* I haven’t been able to visit her this week due to a massive chest cold which probably resulted from…

* My daughter’s cold last Friday where she stayed home from school

* Lots of run around due to the Talent Show on Saturday that she and Stink participated in. Stink told jokes with a buddy (buddy not shown.)

Pip danced with Miss L and another friend (not pictured.)

* Running around on Sunday to our local food bank for a Sunday school field trip

* Combine all this with Halloween last week, volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center on Monday, and the every day going ons of being a mom, well… my immune system was bound to crash

I don’t know about you, but I really have a hard time finding balance sometimes. I am not an idle person who likes to sit on my duff when there are causes to be fought that are near and dear to my heart. And yet, what good is waving my flag if I’m too sick to carry it long?

Today, thanks some good friends at my kids’ school, I stayed on the couch all day. They took my kids to school and will take them home afterwards. I only need to fire up my lap top and write. And sleep!

Oh yeah, and VOTE. Vote, people!

I know the burning question all of you want the answer to is, “How are Stink’s tics?” I’m happy to report that they remain very very mild. Except for that minor shuddering he does, the vocals are still at bay. I am so grateful for that. I really am. It will likely change. Tics are like bad holiday guests… just when you think they are gone from a maddening Thanksgiving they show up on Christmas Eve with friends. My motto is to enjoy the quiet while I can.

Thinking and praying for you all.