Ljubica - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
I've waited 3 long years to get a diagnosis, and finally, this week, I got my son's diagnosis of autism. I got fed up with getting "I don't knows" from 'specialist,' so I took my son off of all of his supplements and just gave him his prescribed medications. The school immediately noticed a difference and called his pediatrician for help, which got us a referral to an organization that specializes in developmental disorders and voila! Finally, a panel of psychologists diagnosed my boy with autism. His past diagnoses of ADHD, ODD, OCD and global delays still remain, but adding the diagnosis of autism is going to give Dayton (my little hero) the speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy he desperately needs.
Even more amazing is Dayton's school reaction to the autism diagnosis. When I enrolled Dayton, explaining that Dayton has ADHD, ODD, OCD and global delays, you could see them thinking: problem child, bad kid, trouble and bad parenting. Now they're saying, 'oh my gosh, I'm so sorry.' Sorry about what?! He's the same kid he was before, nothing's changed, he just got an extra diagnosis. But, for some reason, autism is more tolerated that ADHD. Sick and wrong, but it is the truth. Now the school is applying for a full time aid for Dayton. For Pete's sake!!! Why didn't they do it sooner? It was obvious he needed one, but because he's autistic, now they're scrambling around for funding. Now all of a sudden, my son deserves it. How irritating and unfair is that? My blood is just boiling! And if one more person says to me: 'I'm sorry,' I swear to God I'm going to kick their a$$. I'm really not a violent person, I've never struck another person in my life, but their reaction is seriously ticking me off. No one's died here. My boy is still the same cute, quirky, funny, beautiful child he was 2 days ago, a week ago, a month ago, a year ago. Nothing's changed, other than that he's a little older, that's all. Why do people have to be so stupid? Grrrr...
Anyway, the good news is, I finally have a diagnosis, my little man will finally get the help he needs, and life is good. I've won the battle. I've advocated for my baby, and I've WON!!! Maybe now I can take a little of that time used on the fight, and use it to take care of me. I'm feeling so powerful, I think I'll join the gym! LOL!!!
Consider yourselves hugged y'all!