What color is the school bus? (BioMed Update)

I remember when my daughter was given the official diagnosis, the doctor was keen to suggest medication for my daughter’s hyperactivity. She actually offered to write up us a prescription almost right there and then. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I went down that path of medicating her. I am not against medication, I think that some children probably need it. I however I am against it when it is the offered as the first solution. Why can’t we try other homeopathic or biomedical approaches first?

I am so glad that my daughter started the biomedical intervention. We are taking the supplements low and slow and introducing them one by one. I am currently recording all her activities on this cool app called Birdhouse for Autism. It was rather exhausting in the beginning because she sometimes pooped 10 times a day…yes! 10 TIMES!!!  And I had to record every single activity to see what if the supplements are actually working. I became obsessed with her poop. It was all pure diarrhea. I remember flying to the toilet to see and record what exactly she had done. One specific poop that scared me was the black stools which from what I read, could be an indicator of bleeding in the gut.

Well, it has been a few weeks since she started the digestive enzymes from enzymedica and let me tell you- her poop!!!! Her poop is now healthy and she only does it 1-2 times per day. She no longer screams bloody murder when she is on the toilet. I remember when I first saw her normal poop, I almost cried. I told the sitter, “It’s so BEAUTIFUL” lol!!! I know that my fellow mother warriors can feel me on this.

Currently, I am not seeing any burst in language. However, she does appear more present. She does not have that glazed look or brain fog. She still giggles at night inappropriately…so I know that she definitely has yeast overgrowth. This is one of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth. As far as hyperactivity…it’s still there. As far as appearance, she looks healthier. Her dark circles under her eyes have diminished and she looks brighter.

Now to one big achievement yet!!! My daughter has been speaking mainly through echolalia. When you ask her a question, she always repeats the question back you. Yesterday when her father was helping her brush her teeth, he asked, “What color is the school bus” She responded, “YELLOW!!” I was so ecstatic!! She answered a question!!!

I am realizing that this whole journey is a marathon not a sprint. I can’t just dash to the finish line, instead, I have to put in the work. I am seeing glimmers of hope here and there. Someday…I will have the biggest achievement…when her ATEC score drops to 10 and below which is considered recovered. Right now I believe her score is like 128.

Cheers!

BioMed Update + Guilt trip

At the moment, my daughter is taking omega fish oil and digestive enzymes. In addition to this, she has Epsom salt baths 3 times a week. I am adding supplements one by one under guidance of her medical staff. I have not noticed any additional improvement in her speech or behavior. I know that sometimes biomedical intervention can take a long time so I am just pledging to be persistent.

Over the past week I started thinking a lot about my pregnancy with my daughter. When did it all go wrong? Part of me feels immense guilt. I am tempted to blame myself for what my daughter is going through. I know that she is pain and it crushes me because I can’t really do anything to instantaneously relieve her of this pain.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was ecstatic. I never missed any appointment, ate organic and healthy etc. There were a couple of things that I question that happened during my labor and delivery though. I was overdue and was induced at 41weeks. Along with induction, I was put on IV antibiotics. Shortly after delivery…my daughter received the Hep B vaccine without my consent. From what I have been reading, a person should NEVER receive a vaccine if they are on antibiotics. Of course some of the antibiotics that were being administered to me intravenously went to my daughter. I mean, this just makes me mad.

During the guilt trip that I had this past week, I called my daughter’s PCP (primary care physician) to find out what brands of vaccines she received. One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was the Pediarix combo vaccine. It has 850 micrograms of aluminum which is way above the FDA’s maximum requirement for aluminum of 25mcg. This made me think about when my daughter got that vaccine. The doctor told me to “watch out” for side effects but at the same time they did not specify what exactly I am watching out for. Yes, they told me about the fever which she never got but they already said that Tylenol should help. I think doctor’s need to do their due diligence and thoroughly educate parents and THEMSELVES! Most of them don’t even know what ingredients are in the vaccines. All they do is just spit out what the APA tells them to.

When I was going back to re-think of all the strange occurrences, I then started to ask myself “what if this…what if that” then I stopped. I am neither helping myself nor my daughter by feeling some kind of guilt or remorse. Guess what, AUTISM HAPPENED. I don’t care at this point how it did happen. All I know is that it happened to this first time mother who was hoping for a smooth and normal ride. It happened to this mother who had great aspirations for what she would do with her daughter at 1 ,2, 3 the 4 years. All those years past by… with the hope being carried forward to the next year.

To my beautiful daughter, I know you will get better. I may not have much but I know I have some crazy faith that will see us through.