Hello party people....
So yesterday we added another doctor in to James' team.... an integrative doctor.
James already has a huge team of specialists and therapists including a gastroenterologist and immunologist but I have always felt like someone is missing. Don't get me wrong, we absolutely love James' team and they all play a huge role in his development.
But I do a lot of research, reading and exploring all things ASD related and pride myself on being extremely knowledgable in this area.
I know my child better than anyone on the planet and I knew he needed someone to listen to me further in my quest for healing via the gut/brain relationship..... this is where we insert the integrative doctor.
I have said it before and I will say it again.... heal the gut! Project heal the gut! We are heal the god damn gut in this household!
James has had gut issues since birth. I won't go all the way back to that today as this may end up a 50 page document. James' medical journey is long and tiring.
I was so excited going in to yesterday's appointment!!! Strange for me ... I am usually a massive ball of unnecessary stress before his other specialist appointments, but deep down I knew this doctor was going to listen and help me implement all that I have researched....
And she did! And more. More. So much more!!!
The doctor yesterday swapped out supplements, added supplements in and ordered further stool sampling and bloods.
She explained in great detail the importance of crucial vitamins such as iron, zinc and vitamin D. And more!
We discussed James' solid food refusal and she gave some great insight into her view... the same view James' gastroenterologist and immunologist has! That was so comforting! I feel like everyone is on the same page. Finally!
Yesterday I was on such a high! A huge high! I also gained a massive headache from all the information I needed to absorb... and driving in Sydney traffic! Argh arrogant Sydney drivers!
Finally....I would highly advise you to always seek other opinions when it comes to your child. There are so many beliefs, treatment options and opinions.... what works for ONE child will NOT work for another. Swap people out of the team, add people in, get the right balance for your child's needs. And don't ever let someone slap a label on your child's head and walk away and not fight.
James is where he is today because we don't give up. We do whatever it takes for him to succeed in all aspects of life. And he will. He is going to blow the world away one day with his life skills and intellect.