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This week I’d like to sort of lift out of the fog of the negatives and scary things about Tourettes, and take a moment to look on the light side. While I feel like being honest about the hard parts of the disorder and how it makes me and others feel, it is equally important to realize that sometimes…it can be quite humorous.
I’d like to disclaimer this by stating that I am not making light of TS as a whole. My previous blog content will back this up and being an adult with TS I understand how troublesome it can be in every aspect of life.
With that said, let’s get into some humor!
Have you ever felt personally victimized by a tic? I sure have!
Just yesterday my boss was kind enough to buy me lunch from my favorite Mediterranean restaurant. I don’t traditionally take a lunch breaks, so I instead was indulging at my desk with on hummus and a pita triangle when my shoulder jerk tic happened, forcing my hand upward and smearing hummus all over my nose instead. To make matters better, my boss just so happened to be walking down the hall to hand me some paperwork at that moment. All I could do was laugh because, here I was. about to construct a tax return for a corporation with hummus all over my face, and my Tourette’s was to blame.
That, however, doesn’t top what happened to me on my drive home a few years back. I rarely forget when I’m at a red light and someone in a passenger car is clearly flirting with me because, frankly it doesn’t happen often (the wedding ring on my hand that is usually out the window is usually a repellent I suppose.) So, what did I do? Start flicking my wrist, tensing my obliques, and all sorts of other random tics that made it look more like I was dancing than anything. I decided to roll with it and actually started dancing, which made the passenger in the other car dance, and we both got a good giggle out of it.
The point is, sometimes, laughing is the only thing I can do to keep from crying. And you know what? Sometimes it even completely changes my mood. Tourette’s is a serous matter and has serious impacts on individuals, but being able to laugh when a situation calls for/allows it, is something that has helped me come to terms with the lack of control in my body.
Have you ever had an incident like this? I’d love to hear them! Feel free to comment, or find the blog on Facebook and twitter!