I want to talk about our journey with biomedical treatments as this is a very important topic in the world of autism, yet so many do not even know about it.
Just to back it up a bit. I do a lot of research. In fact I have been researching in the world of autism for many years.
There are so many things I didn’t know about and didn’t understand. Knowledge is power and the more we can educate ourselves the better we will be to help our children.
So let’s go right back to the beginning (for us.) Our son was born prematurely by 10 weeks. So from day 1, we knew that we would not be on track for a lot of things. There would be milestones not met and interventions that would need to be done.
What I wish I knew back then that I know now is that our son was not physically well. Even though during those early years I knew he was sick, but I really did not have any idea of the extent of his illness because I expected things to be different. Honestly I don’t know what I was thinking.
I will fill in some of the banks for you later as I talk about the biomedical treatments and where we began.
Fast forward a few years. I read a lot. I read articles, I buy books. I read google. Looking, searching tying to make sense of things. I get into some Facebook groups. I now realize that my child is ill. I get a referral from our family doctor to an “autism” specialist (who by the way are almost non-existent. The wait list to see this doctor is a minimum of 1.5-2 years and my child is now almost 11 years old.
So now what? Do I wait?
Sitting in my house, I recall at how frustrated I am. And I decide I cannot wait. I am a problem-solver. When I know I can change things, I want to make it happen as soon as possible. After all, this is my child we are talking about.
So we do not have a doctor we can go to so I start thinking about what I can do.
I am in a Facebook group which is kind of a training group. We have a couple of training sessions per month all about autism-related medical things. I learn so much in this group because all the people who are in this group are exactly like me – looking for answers, becoming educated. The person who runs this group is very knowledgeable about many things and I respect her immensely. All of us are connected because of autism but all of us are in different phases of it and our kids are all different ages.
In struggling with my next steps I decide to personally email the individual who is leading and educating our group. I don’t like to over-step boundaries but I don’t know what else to do.
To my surprise I get some answers from her and she helps me on my next steps. Through her help, I find a doctor who deals with kids on the spectrum in my city, close to my home. I mean what are the chances? Most of these “functional medicine doctors” practices under the radar. They do not advertise because as I have discovered many people in the world do not believe that autism is a medical conditional that can be treated.
I am here to tell you that AUTISM IS MEDICAL AND TREATABLE.
This is my first step towards my biomedical journey.
Stay tuned as I will be sharing my experiences along the way.