• Autism

    The Special Needs Dentist

    Ethan’s teeth are a major worry for me. After finally letting us put a toothbrush up to his mouth with some toothpaste on it last April this is where our progress has halted. His sensory issues with his mouth isn’t letting us clean his teeth correctly and my biggest fear is that we are going to have a child that needs to be sedated and have teeth removed because of this.  With this in mind we have been having family appointments at our dentist in the hope that Ethan will get used to the situation. His fear of everything medical and not letting anyone near his mouth means that these…

  • Ethan

    Flu Vaccine, MMR Booster and More Blood Tests!

    Ethan hates the doctors, a trip to the doctors is a very stressful experience for all involved! It all started in 2012 when Ethan had tonsillitis and because of his sensory issues with his mouth, Ethan had to be pinned down to be examined. The sight of a stethoscope can also send Ethan into a frenzy! I’m sure the fact that Ethan is non-verbal really doesn’t help the cause as we are yet to find a way to explain that the doctors aren’t going to hurt you. The past few months have been full of stressful doctors appointments for Ethan. It all started with an invitation for Ethan to have…

  • Autism

    Six Month Pediatrician Check Up

    Way back in July, I really can’t get over how quick this year is going, we took Ethan for his six month pediatrician check up. This appointment was initially scheduled for April 2014, which would have been over a year since Ethan’s diagnosis. I did think they had misprinted the date at first, but on the advice of our key worker I gave them a call. I was able to take a cancellation appointment, the appointment was moved forward by nine months.  The pediatrician was running late and the appointment did feel a little rushed and a bit like twenty questions but this is how we got on.  When we…

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    Speech Therapy Appointment 2

    This week Ethan had his second speech therapy appointment. Unfortunately there is a bit of a problem with regards to who is holding Ethan’s appointments as the speech therapist that assessed Ethan during his observations is now on maternity leave and they can’t get anyone in to cover her. So as it was the Easter holidays one of the speech therapists from a local special needs school offered to come in and see the children on her books.  Now I could let this anger me as as I think that it is terrible that the children that need this service could potentially be left for a year without any help but I also know that this is the state of…

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    Genetic Testing Blood Tests!

    This morning Ethan had to go and have blood taken for genetic testing. This is something that the doctors wanted to do so they can find out if there are any underlying issues behind Ethan’s diagnosis, this is also supposed to give us all the information we need should we ever wish to expand our family.   Now being that I am also petrified of needles, my dad had to come with me for all my blood tests when I was pregnant with Ethan, and as Ethan now hates doctors and hospitals this day was bound to be stressful! Thankfully I’m pleased to report it wasn’t as bad as expected. The…

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