Author Archives: Richard Poulin III

The Medicine of Sleep

Before our daughter, Rylae-Ann, was diagnosed with aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, the telltale sign that something was amiss were the cyclical spells that began at 3 months old and occurred every three days. We initially thought they were seizures, but later learned they were oculogyric…

How Water Therapy Has Benefited My Daughter With AADC

Before my daughter, Rylae-Ann, showed symptoms of aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, we had her in the ocean and the pool. I grew up on an island, where water activities were never far. Water has many healing properties and benefits that helped our daughter make progress in addition to…

Preventing Aspiration After Feeding in AADC Children

Aspiration, a condition in which food or liquid enters the airway instead of the esophagus, requires our constant attention when caring for children with aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency. Due to the motor and autonomic dysfunctions associated with AADC deficiency, unfortunately,…

Standing Tall With AADC

When I first learned about the severe symptoms associated with aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, standing seemed like an impossibility for my now 3-year-old daughter, Rylae-Ann. However, physical therapists told me about a device that makes standing possible while serving as a form of therapy. At the time…

A Beautiful Destination and Its Detours

As a young boy, I used to lie in bed and play in my room imagining that I was a hero or that I had accomplished something great. Maybe everybody has had dreams like this. In my daydream, I was always in some sort of war or great battle, probably…