Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I think it was when the CoA was in second grade that she was diagnosed with ADHD. I knew this almost from the first time I met her, but it took a while before official confirmation came along. It's important because schools need official diagnoses of mental conditions in order to make accommodations, and she needs a lot of them. As she grew older it seemed that the ADHD was no longer the only thing going on, but we could never get her health care providers to agree on a diagnosis. Her psychiatrists said it was only ADHD. Her psychologists (the last one just stopped returning our calls one day) grew frustrated in trying to nail down the exact situation. About the only thing they all agree on, including the counselors, is that she needs to be on medication. So last summer her grandparents footed the rather large bill for an extensive neurological screening at the University of Mississippi that suggested not only ADHD but other things as well and strongly urged us to get her to a neurologist. Last week she had her first neurologist appointment. They want her to get an MRI, and have suggested that they strongly suspect she has Asperger Syndrome, which, again, is something I've suggested many times and had her shrinks say no.
Today she had an appointment with her psychiatrist, and my wife told him about the neurologist's suspicions. His reply was along the lines of, "I thought you knew that already. I've been treating her for Asperger's for the past year." GAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! If we had that on an official document we might have been making progress at school since the accommodations for Asperger are different than those for ADHD. So now he's promised to have the appropriate paperwork ready by next week, and we'll see if the updated diagnosis does any good for this school year, but I rather doubt it since it's so late, but at least we're finally making some progress.
So how is your week going?
Marius the Incredulous