How many times have we heard that phrase when talking to parents with a child on the autism spectrum?
While we never experienced William acting “typical” (remember – we don’t say “normal” bc what does that even mean?) when he was an infant, we certainly talked to a number of parents who swear up-and-down that their child was acting and behaving differently before they gave medicines and shots.
This is NOT a blog to discuss vaccines and MMR shots and whatever…mainly because I don’t care to get into that tired discussion AND…who am I to say that someone’s child was acting one way until they administered a shot and then they started acting differently.
BUT…we have recently experienced something like that.
William is now 13-years-old…would put him somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to autism. He’s not that verbal or self-sustaining but then again he is really smart at spelling and loves to jump and can follow instructions (when he wants to.)
The Pink Stuff
Over the holidays we noticed he wasn’t himself so we went to the doctor and got him a prescription of The Pink Stuff…you know…Amoxicillin
This wasn’t first time we’ve given him this medication. William is a fantastic medicine and pill taker…too bad there’s not a job for that!
He started the potion and after a few days we started noticing a significant change in his behavior. It was almost as if a light switched on inside him. We noticed he stopped stimming with his favorite item.
We noticed he stopped the constant non-verbal blabber we’ve grown so accustomed to.
We noticed he was calm…he was agreeable…he didn’t say “NO!” when we asked him to feed the dog, brush his teeth, put Chapstick on his dry lips and get dressed…he would do it with a happy heart and he would do it immediately.
It was the craziest thing I think I’ve experienced
We drove to church on Sunday in complete silence…something we’ve never, never, never done because he’s always making sounds.
He came up to me and kissed me while I was working at my computer…no prompting, no nothing just a kiss and forehead bump (that’s out thing) out of the blue.
We wasn’t trying to upset our barking dogs. He sat on the couch and watched a TV show with the rest of the family without squirming, getting up to tap, tap, tap.
I could go on and on. It was a dream come true!!! We were amazed. His therapists were amazed.
Then he was gone.
We started noticing anxious behavior this past Saturday. Sunday he was still calm but there were spurts of sounds and stimming and the “no, no, no thanks, no thanks,” response we’ve grown accustomed to.
Tuesday was horrible. I came home to learn that William lost three tokens (measures of good behavior) at school. He didn’t want to hug me. He didn’t want to clean his plate, brush his teeth, pet the dogs gently.
The noises were back too. I remembered how much I hate, hate, hate that noise.
Where did William go????
Melanie’s done some research on Amoxicillin and autism and there might be something there. Maybe it’s gut health – that is the problem du jour in America it seems that every network marketing company wants to cure.
He’s had Amoxicillin before…he didn’t act like this before. Will he do it again if we give him more of the Pink Stuff?
I’m not going to put a lot of hope in us giving him Amoxicillin again and him reverting to the New William…I don’t believe it’s that simple and I don’t want to get my hopes up.
All I know
All I know is that for about a week we experienced a calm and peace and love from our son that we’ve never experienced before. We saw him interact with others in a manner that was foreign to us. It was awesome…and I want more of it!
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