My seven-year-old son was actively regressing. After being told there was "no medical reason" for his worsening autistic symptoms, I went searching for answers. After scouring the internet, I finally came across something that made sense – something that could explain how my son's autism and my tendency toward autoimmunity might be linked. It was logical, scientific and actionable. It was a series of podcasts by Dr. Kendal Stewart, otolaryngologist, neurotologist, skull-base surgeon and neuroimmune specialist. This man was putting together more pieces of this puzzle than anything else I could find. Soon, I understood autism and many other common conditions as neuroimmune syndromes.
Dr. Stewart treats what he calls neuroimmune syndromes, conditions in which the underlying problem involves both the nervous and immune systems, typically in a combined state. These conditions are often described for their symptoms. Since the cause is not fully understood, treatment for these conditions is typically aimed at managing symptoms. Dr. Stewart takes it a step further by attempting to address the body's underlying weaknesses and deficiencies in order to restore function. ...continue reading "Autism is a Neuroimmune Syndrome"
Finding Real Help for my Son
My previous post was the hardest thing I've ever had to write. I wrote about how my son had an autistic regression at the age of seven.
And now I needed answers. I was losing my little boy. At the age of seven, my baby was losing skills. He was quickly becoming disconnected from the world around him and the people who loved him. He was becoming aggressive. He was sick, body, mind and soul. And he was slipping away as we watched, feeling powerless to do anything about it. ...continue reading "Piecing Together the Autism Puzzle"
A New Little Wonder
Last June, our family was blessed once again with a new addition. Little Wondergirl arrived one week after Boy Wonder turned seven. She was the daughter I had always hoped for. I felt so lucky. I am so lucky.
If you recall the last time we welcomed a new family member, it was a highly stressful time for Boy Wonder. This time it was different. He was excited about having a baby sister. I don't think he would have been quite so excited if it had been another boy. Boys tend to see other boys as competition. Plus, he was older and had been through the new sibling thing before, so it was familiar territory.
When she arrived, he liked her just fine. But he was kind of indifferent, really. At the time, he was super into playing Minecraft. He wanted to be on his tablet all the time, playing Minecraft or watching Minecraft videos. I had just had a baby and it was summertime, so I just let it go. I figured it would help us get through the new baby craziness. It was just for a season, I thought.
...continue reading "My Son Had an Autistic Regression at the Age of Seven"