This is a subject that we keep close to our hearts.
He was three when the doctor said ,” Just by looking at him, I think he is autistic.”
As a parent, even though I was prepared, I was truly upset. Being a nurse, which the doctor doesn’t know by the way as I didn’t disclose, I couldn’t accept the way he was diagnosed. Well, maybe not exactly diagnosed but as a medical practitioner, I don’t think you should say things like that unless if you are really, really, sure about it. Tests should be done and analysis should be based on results.
So, we had to take him for hearing test and a couple of other assessments before they can diagnose him so that the hospital will be able to refer him to the other channels for therapy. The ENT doctor wanted to put him up for General Anesthesia for his hearing tests which I was not keen at all. Call me old fashion but I just cannot put my son through it. Besides the common side effects of General Anesthesia, there was a study done recently which concluded the use of general anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavior problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I managed to convince Bug to stand by me on this, I based it on all my motherly instinct, I might be right, I might be wrong, and so, we took him off everything.