Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Today, I take Aidan to the pediatrician. His new daycare began hinting there was something "wrong" back in January. (Enter mommy bear reaction)I started making appointments (Family Doctor, audiologist, pediatrician) because I wanted to start a document trail before he attends kindergarten in two years. I know h is going to face similar challenges as Owen, although I think Owen had more of an uphill battle.

When I took Owen to the pediatrician in 2000, I had the expectation that I'd be told that everything was fine, he was deveoping at his own pace and not to worry. I did not expect the word "Autism" to crop up in the conversation. So, today I am equally nervous. I am going with the expectation that everything is fine and Aidan is developing at his own pace. I do not want to be taken by surprise. There is nothing in Aidan's behavior, apart from his delayed speech development that remotely ressembles an autistic spectrum disorder. For those who have been following my quest with Owen, you will know that I will vehemently resist an autism diagnosis. (And at this point, I can't imagine a physician with a brain between their ears even going there). But, as they say...once bitten, twice shy.

I am generally wary of these sorts of appointments, The good news is that I am wiser and more educated on these matters, so I am more equipped to be Aidan's advocate. Still, I fear that possibility of surprise and that feeling like I am being punched in the stomache with news I did not anticipate. I mean, who really wants to be caught off guard?

Also, I am meeting with the president of the union today. Later, I shall collapse.


hotboy said...

Hope everything turns out okay with the meeting!! Hotboy

Anonymous said...

No matter what the diagnosis turns out to be (if they come up with one at all), you are doing the right thing to seek examinations. Once bitten, twice shy, but caught early, can save lives.

Heidi said...

Hey Heather! How did things go with Aidan? I hope you came away with a much better feeling and no mention of autism.