Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wax and Wan

Just as is characteristic of the tics associated with Tourette Syndrome, Monster Man's painful tic has wanned for now.  Tics seem to go through a wax and wan cycle.  They come, they go.  Some reappear.  Some stay gone.  We are hoping that this is one that will not make a reappearance.

Monster Man has had a number of tics that have stayed gone for quite some time after they've disappeared.  Some of them have been gone for so long that we are hopeful that they are gone permanently.  These all tend to be the more complex ones, too, like the painful tic or the 'take three steps and kick myself in the back of the leg' tic.

In place of the painful tic, Monster Man seems to have developed a head shaking tic.  He doesn't shake it all the time.  Instead, it's a sudden big shake, similar to a female tossing her hair over her shoulders in beach scenes in movies.  It involves a good portion of his upper body, from about his chest up, twisting to the side as he shakes his head like this.  I have seen this one before, about three or four months ago, and it lasted about a week last time.  It will be interesting to see how long it will stick around this time.

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