I went to a brain doctor instead of school yesterday morning. My doctor’s name is Dr. Jeffrey Kane. He asked about my cough and my other tics. He asked a lot of questions about me. My Mama and Dada were there with me too. Dr. Kane said that I have something called Tourette Syndrome.
My Tourette Syndrome
Tourette Syndrome for me is when I cough and sniff and raise my eyebrows up and put my upper lip down over my teeth. I have to do these things. My body makes me do them. I can maybe stop for a little while…but then it builds up and I have to do them again.
My Doctor Is Nice and I Like Him
He let me listen to my heart with his stethoscope. He also took a picture with me.
My Sleep Problems
When I was at the doctor’s office, I felt tired. I always feel tired when I go to the doctor. I don’t know why.
At night, the Tourette Syndrome makes it hard for me to fall asleep. I keep on coughing and it annoys me and it makes sounds so I can’t go to sleep. Dr. Kane gave me medicine (Clonidine) so that my cough goes away and I can sleep.
I took half a pill last night and it helped! I fell asleep in like 5 minutes instead of 20 or 40 or 30 minutes. Or even an hour sometimes.
I’m Still ME
Even though I have Tourette Syndrome, I am still a good person. I’m smart. I have friends. I can still be a veterinarian when I grow up. I want to be a vet because I love dogs a lot. I love pets. Like cats, parrots, dogs, snakes, spiders, hamsters and gerbils…as long as the spiders and snakes are nice.
After Doctor Treats
After the doctor appointment, I got to pick out a sticker. The sticker I picked was a dinosaur that you could add the face to.
I also got a cup of hot chocolate and a little cake in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was a good day!