Friday, August 19, 2011
This is a memoir written by a mother who's world is turned upside down when her 12 year old son suddenly develops some very strange symptoms. It starts with a few "quirks" such as having to touch everything he passes, but quickly develops into something much more serious. Every moment of his life is taken up by strange, obsessive behaviors and compulsions. Doctors say he has OCD, but how did this come on so suddenly? A friend mentions to Beth that an acquaintance developed similar symptoms and it was linked to a strep infection. Sammy is tested, and he does in fact test positive for strep! Relatively new studies have indeed linked high strep levels to OCD. However, Beth finds out that there are very few doctors who will accept this. This book is about her struggle to find a cure for her son's terrible illness, and for support and acceptance from the medical community. It is horrifying what they went through, but Beth's fierce determination is inspiring.