One thing that many people don’t know about Tourettes is that it doesn’t just “stop” when the tics start to become painful. Surprisingly, that’s a common misconception.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A lot of times you have to keep ticcing until it hurts enough, or feels “just right.” None of this is a conscious thought, but the tic won’t stop until that happens. Most of the time, I can’t tell you what “just right” is. My brain calls the shots on that one!
Anyways, the other day I was having a really bad “tic fit” and ended up with a concussion. Owwww. I was out for the count for about a week but am on the mend.
But here’s the thing I’m ashamed about. Whenever someone asked how I got a concussion, I lied.
“I walked into a wall.”
“You know, just doing that sports thing.” HAHA
“I got into a fight with an elephant.”
I couldn’t tell people. I couldn’t say “I hit myself in the head 47 times.” I was ashamed. I was embarrassed. And I was afraid that I’d hear “but doesn’t it just stop before you hurt yourself?”
So for future reference, it never stops. Literally never.
ALSO: I went to the dr on campus and when I told him I had Tourettes, he said “you’re born with that, right?”
….no. I got bitten by a radioactive spider and BAM- TOURETTES! 😛
I think he got his medical degree at Walmart…