Monday, December 19, 2011

A Bad Day is A Good Day... only in Autism Land!

"Thank God for bad days in front of therapists, now can we get them to be bad for the Doctor?" So says the note written on the first random scrap of paper I could find when the wife and I were talking earlier.

It seems like we have had a run with crappy doctors lately. We had the Family Doctor who refused to put in referrals to needed services, and then put referrals in all wrong. We had the Developmentalist who said that he is "99.9% sure that Scott is on the spectrum," but refused to diagnose because he feels that the DoD over diagnoses ASD. We have the SLP who decided that our youngest only needs a swallow study, and not speech therapy. :At least the Neurologist and the ABA Therapists are good!

So, back to the original topic! Aiden had a complete screaming, spinning, throwing, flapping, screeching, exorcism inducing fit today while his therapists were at the house. Thankfully the head ABA therapist was here, and got to see what we were talking about when we said that Aiden's bad days are really really really bad. Now we just wish that we could reproduce the fits when we go to see the developmentalist! As one of our good friends in San Antonio used to say, a visit to the doctor is like a snapshot in time. If the child has a good day, they might not get a diagnosis, but if they have a really bad day, they might be diagnosed even lower functioning than they are.

Now if we can just figure out the whole diagnosis we will be good!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

First time blogger, long time stalker!

So, I keep following other people online, and I figured it was time to start my own blog.

I was trying to think about what to write about, and then I figured I would write about what I know. Autism and the craziness that surrounds it.

I may vent at times, I may give information that people don't agree with at times. Some of you may complain that this is America, and we have freedom of speech, and while that may be true in some places I reserve the right to remove/censor any post that I find offensive. That is the great part about being in charge of this blog.

This site will evolve over time, and hopefully will become a good resource for someone somewhere.

So, I asked my wife what to talk about, and she said talk about what's on your mind. 99% of the time that means I would be writing "nothing". Just ask her and she will tell you that!

So for now, I will just introduce myself, and my family.

My name is Eric, I am an LPN in the U.S. Army, and have been in for 8 years now. I have been married for 4 years now, and I have 2 sons ages 2 and 3. We have a dog, a cat, and 2 frogs (that have somehow survived the cat for the past 3 months). We live in Washington (the state not the district), and are going through our first winter here. I don't know what else to say this time around, so I will publish this post, and then hit the Xbox for a little fun before I go to bed!