I keep hearing about putting autistic children on special diets this, supplements that. I've also heard of the strangest therapies you could ever imagine...
Well, if it works for you, have fun with it. But mostly, I have thought in the past that maybe there are some kids who respond to it... but someone's making a lot of money on these hokey systems that don't really work. I mean, if they worked, your kid wouldn't be the one spinning around and knocking over boxes in aisle six, now, would he?
Maybe that's mean of me, but it seems the oddest children have the oddest diets... and their parents say they work. I keep thinking that's because they've spent $150 a week on the therapy and they don't want to look like a looo-ser for getting snuckered outta the dough.
The joke is on me, now, of course. Now I'm joining the club. I'm one of those people.
I took Woodjie in to the doctor just because I kinda got tired of hearing it from everyone. You know? Diet has got to be cheaper than therapy any day, so let's see if we can eliminate milk from Woodjie's diet for a while, see if that helps. If not, we'll try sugar next. And so on. Hopefully, we would end up learning that green beans upset the child and receive
You know it didn't work out that way. First off... Woodjie is losing weight. Now, I have therapists in my home FOUR TIMES a week AND Woodjie goes to church twice a week. And he gets taken on trips to the store and stuff. Has anybody, anywhere at any time mentioned that the kid is looking a little thin? Hm? Nope. But I got myself a stern talking-to about why didn't I bring him in before?
See what happens when you go for a friendly "let's just chat about this option" sort of a visit?
THEN the doctor ordered bloodwork!
THEN we discovered Woodjie is allergic to milk and eggs! And cats!
Well, there's not much to be done about the cats, except "no cuddling" and a good vacuuming every now and then. And we'll have to give away the cat hair pillow he had been using and the cat fur sweaters he had been wearing (kidding, but I've seen cat hair purses... iw).
Have you ever tried to shop for products with NO milk and NO eggs? You can find one or the other pretty easily. But not both. Everything, everything this kid eats has milk or eggs in it. I'm supposed to keep a "food journal" and report back in two weeks to the doctor.
Well, now Woodjie has his own corner in the kitchen full of foods he hates and no one else is allowed to touch. Great shopping, Mom. To make matters worse, Mom is not able to record anything in the food diary that Woodjie did not actually eat. So our food diary for yesterday says:
Yes, it really does. Nevermind that I served fancy Moroccan rice with carrots, beans and expensive whatever nutrients. Or the other stuff that wound up on the floor... how discouraging. Then Woodjie sees everyone else with the mac and cheese and howls. Well, I can't afford for EVERYONE to throw the expensive rice on the floor.