This is the second of two introductory posts from new contributor EmmaO, who has her blog called Life’s A Twitch. We at Teens4TS are excited that Emma will be writing in this space on a regular basis. Enjoy, and be sure to ready her first post if you missed it!
I am extremely grateful that I am heavily medicated for my moderate-severe Tourette’s. I know some kids have families that cannot afford health care or medication. The doctors have said that it would be painful to live a day in my life if I did not take my medication. They aren’t just saying that to make me take pills.
I accidentally left one of my medications in Pennsylvania and did not take it for a few days. I ended up in the emergency room. I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t taken ALL of my medications for a few days. Well, I’m not going to try that out.
Anyways, I had been doing two specific tics nonstop for about 52 hours straight. One of them was rolling my abs, so at least it was like doing crunches for 52 hours. That gives you some hardcore abs. It was a painful workout, though.
I didn’t even know that I had missed a whole week of school, since I was so drugged up in the hospital. I found out I had missed a week when I got nominated for the “Spotlight on Student” award.
My teacher was giving a speech about me, and at one point said I had missed that long of school and made up all my work. At first, I thought she was exaggerating so that I would have a better chance of winning the larger award, but when I got home, I asked my parents about it. It turns out I really did miss a whole week.
Point is, I know a ton of people have it harder than me. I can barely imagine how life is for them. But I am glad that I am strong enough to persevere through each day. I’m blessed.
Hey Emma! I’m sure your tics will get better as time go on. I feel so sorry for you. I know having Tourette’s is NOT easy. It’s amazing how you can sing, dance, act, etc. with this severe condition. I work backstage for my high school drama group and I am planning on joining the golf team in the spring. I hope things get better for you soon!