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PANDAS – delighting in the recovery

Oh, how I am delighting in the healing process….  This morning my little buddy climbed in between me and his daddy in bed.  At first sight of him, I was not thrilled with his arrival in our bedroom.  I have never enjoyed having him come to “snuggle” because he just won’t be still.  We beg him to hold his body still – to no avail….for years.  It’s a knee jerk into my back or an arm slap or some other physical annoyance when all I want to do is sleep at 6AM on a Saturday morning.  Well, this morning was special.  J held his body still.  He put his back against mine and lay in the bed for 30 minutes or more.   At first I thought I was mistaken about which child had joined us.  After confirming it was my J, I had to speak to him to be sure he was really awake.  Totally awake.  Wow.  I have read that PANDAS causes tics, but I didn’t really think we were dealing with that – my J is just hyperactive.  But, now I wonder if the non-stop movement is related to tics caused by PANDAS.  I laid there reflecting on the other changes I’ve seen this week.  On the way to school yesterday, he said to me, “mommy, can you teach me to read?” Up until this point it seemed he had no interest in such things.  Over the last two weeks, he has started to really enjoy his soccer ball.  The ball never held his attention for more than a minute or two in the past.  He doesn’t have a basketball, so he has started to dribble his soccer ball – he has asked me to count how many times he can dribble it.  This may sound like a totally normal boy to you, and that is really my point.  He has never been “normal,” and I am loving it!!  Praise God for this amazing progress!  4 weeks on On Guard Plus to fight the PANDAS – that’s all we have changed.

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