The wait is over!
Yesterday I kept myself busy until 4:30pm where I anxiously waited by the phone to have Abbey’s follow-up call, following her Autism evaluation. I was nervous that what I knew in my heart was going to be overlooked. When it was time for our call I stared at my phone with horrible butterflies in my stomach (More like moths). Things weren’t overlooked though and I got the news I needed to hear.
Abbey has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
You’re probably wondering why I’d want a diagnosis but if you read my last post you’ll understand. It’s not like I want Abbey to have Autism, I just wanted a diagnosis so I can move forward and get her the help she needs. No diagnosis = no therapy. By on the same token, even though I don’t want her to have Autism, it’s not something that phases me. Normal is boring anyway!! She’s got me in her corner and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure she lives a more peaceful and more comfortable life.
I’m going to keep this post short (but sweet). I do want to say this though;
If you feel like your child displays any sort of abnormal behavior or if you think they have speech delay or just feel like any part of their development is not where it should be then go have them evaluated. It doesn’t matter what other people are telling you, you know best. Having an evaluation may be the best thing you ever do for them. Trust your instincts and don’t back down. I had to push for this to happen. Most people were on board with me and agreed that she displays some typical traits that Autistic children have (But not all). Some people told me she’s fine and will grow out of it. I’ll go into all this at a later date.
I am on a new journey now. The path won’t always be so clear. At times I’ll feel lost and overwhelmed. I have a lot to learn but for now a lot of weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I’m excited that I’ll be able to get Abbey the help she needs.
I’m going to document as many moments as possible for me, for her and for others out there that are going through something similar.