Lovechild, I told you once that I had a cousin who had Tourette's, but I didn't feel that I wanted to tell you anymore about him then. *I think that now would be a good time to tell his story. *My cousin's name was David Carothers. *He was adopted by my aunt at birth. *All through school, he had problems with his teachers. *They said he was disruptive, and a troublemaker. *That was in the '60's- before Tourettes became well known. *After the problem was identified, his life got a lot better, and he did quite well in school. *He went on to graduate from Penn State with a degree in computer science in the early '80's. *He also became very active in Tourettes awareness groups in the Pennsylvania area. *He got a really good job, and his life was going great.
The one thing I remember about him was that I never saw him without a bottle of Pepsi- he was ALWAYS drinking the stuff. *He was a pretty argumentative guy too, and very compulsive. *I've heard that those are typical traits of Tourettes sufferers. *Well, anyway, he apparently had a darker side. *He was using Cocaine. *NOBODY knew it- they just figured that it was the Tourettes, even his girlfriend never knew that he was tooting. *At that time, I rarely saw him- maybe once every 2 or 3 years, but he was always a little strange. *Anyway, his girlfriend went to his apartment one night. *She knew he was home, because she'd just talked to him on the phone. *She had a key, and let herself in. *When she went looking for him, she found him sitting up on the bed with a rolled-up $50.00 bill in his hand and a mirror with white powder on it on the nightstand. *He was dead. *The coroner said he died of heart failure, caused by a massive amount of Cocaine and Heroin in his bloodstream. *The coroner also said that he was a long-term user, possibly as long as 5 years. *The reason I'm telling you this is; I don't want to see anyone else have this happen to them, and I DO know tha people who have Tourettes are succeptable to compulsions. *I'm not saying that you will end up the same way, I'm just saying that, if you feel compelled to do something that probably isn't good for you, you should think of David Carothers.