Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's 2010.

We've been doing the GFCF diet since February 7 of last year.

Has the GFCF diet made David less "autistic"

Nope

Has the GFCF diet made David more verbal?

Nope

The GFCF diet, for David, hasn't provided the miraculous "recovery" that we read about in books and online.

I will say that the GFCF diet has helped with his ADHD issues. He doesn't bounce off the walls everyday anymore. He also has less bowel and skin issues.

I'm so ready to chuck the diet. Sometimes I just want to give the kid a grilled cheese sandwich.

We'll continue with the diet. It's healthier for him, since we have to cook every meal he eats. There are very little preservatives and dyes and artificial flavorings in his diet and that can't be bad, right?

David will be 5 tomorrow. Can you believe it? When I first started blogging I was writing about David aging out of Early Intervention. Now, he's getting ready to enter Kindergarten in the fall. David will still need to be in an autistic classroom. Mainstreaming is not even on the horizon, nor do I think it will ever be. He'll have evaluations beginning this month conducted by the child study team. We'll be having our own evaluations done privately (CYA- cover your ass- at 175.00 per hour for walking in the door thank you very much and did I mention that our roof is leaking?)

During our last IEP meeting, the team felt that while David is very clearly on the spectrum, they don't feel his main diagnosis is autism. They think he has cognitive issues.

More testing, more doctors, more evals, more guesswork, more observations, more, more, MORE.

It's part of our lives. We still don't have "The Answer" Maybe that's because we don't know " The Question" Maybe that's because we don't know "The Cause"

2010- The Odyssey

1 comment:

Hummingbirder said...

Thank you for your honest post. I've not been able to keep my son on the gfcf diet at all. He's 4 now and is talking more , progressing well but I don't know what is helping him or why.
I just finished reading "Running with Walker" by a dad with a son with autism. This book was hard to put down...such honest reflections and great humor in the midst of the chaos that autism can bring.