Biomedical. What is it? Do you know?
As I take you through this journey, I am going to explain everything. When I entered this world I knew absolutely nothing and I had to research and ask a lot of questions to be able to figure things out.
Here is one definition of biomedical that I found.
“The application of natural sciences especially the biological and physiological sciences to clinical medicine.”
“Biologic and medical, that is, encompassing both the sciences and the art of medicine.”
So people who are familiar with this in the autism world when looking for answers usually go to people who are functional medicine doctors, homeopathy doctors, ND (Naturalpath doctors), MAPS (medical academy of Pediatric Special Needs, or DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctors who help families dealing with autism.
Usually people with autism have complex medical conditions that need to be dealt with and all of these types of doctors can be instrumental in figuring these things out.
Just going to a regular medical doctor unfortunately won’t help you figure out the complex issues that a child with autism is probably dealing with.
So step one is actually finding one of these doctors you feel comfortable with and will take you on as a patient. Or did I forget to mention, if you do find one of these doctors, more than likely everything you are charged will not be covered.
For us, this process was extremely difficult. We did find someone (after searching and researching) whose entire practice is kids on the autism spectrum. That was the good news. The bad news is she was located three hours away from our home and her waiting list to see new patients was 1.5-2 years.
We decided to get onto the waiting list because she had very good reviews and she was the only one we could find who was an MD as well as dealt with the functional medicine aspect of autism.
As a parent, having to wait that long and lose crucial time was a little cray but we didn’t have another option at the time so we got a referral from our family doctor and proceeded to get all the paperwork in.
Then I waited. And waited. And waited some more.
I am not very good at waiting.
Finally when I could wait no longer, I had to take matters into my own hands if I wanted to my child to start getting better.
This is when I found another doctor. (An extremely long story)
And this is how our journey began……
Next up, how we started treatment for our son.