Monday, July 17, 2006

a diagnosis and a dedication

the princess kitty had her dance recital on friday and the pobble came to see. she also brought along two copies of her test words book. one for my folks and one for hubby and me. her first book... and she dedicated it to me.

it might be the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. writers are like rock stars in my book (pun intended) and so the fact that she would put my name in her first as her dedication... i know she loves me... i knew it before the book... but wow!


the silent prince has been diagnosed with autism. we found out today. and while i have a million thoughts going through my head i'm finding it hard to make them cohesive so bear with me.

things the psychologist said:

he falls in the severe category of autism
hubby and i have good instincts about him and his care
recommendations will be made to increase his school day and the services he gets
he is beautiful and sweet
he isn't ready for potty training
he functions best in high structure situations
with proper intervention he has a good chance of improving
there are wonderful support groups in our area
none of this suprizes you

and a lot of other stuff that is stuck in my brain, trying to sort itself out.

none of this suprizes hubby or me and we are grateful for an answer even if the answer is what it is. and so i've decided that i will have to grieve the losses that come with autism and look toward a different future for my prince who is beautiful and sweet and happy.

God's peace y'all


Jacklyn Hyde said...

Hey, you have the Jew-witch Connieite backing you up with every prayer and good thought I can manage. You and your family are worth all the love and support thrown at you, and you are definitely loved.

T said...

Know that I am thinking and praying with you. I worked with Special Olympics last summer and I met some amazing adults and children with autism. You all are so deeply loved.

Quotidian Grace said...

May God bless each of you. I imagine that getting a diagnosis and moving forward with a plan for the silent prince is a relief.

Tom in Ontario said...

God bless you and your family cats. I don't know a lot about autism but I presume this presents you with more and different challenges as your raise and care for your family. I know you know but it can't hurt to say it, God is with you in thick and thin, through a ravine as dark as death, and in the joy of a day on the sunny Atlantic shore. God be with you. Shalom

CrackerLilo said...

He is amazing and now you have a name for the problems and people who've been there to share them with.


I'm sorry y'all are going through this anyway.

I pray joy for you.

RickinVa said...

Christine... hugs to all of you, good wishes and God's tangible wisdom and presence...

BostonPobble said...

I love you.

Cathy said...

I do not know how young your silent prince is, but I teacher preschoolers with special needs, and some of them have a diagnosis of autism. Your prince is fortunate to have you all as a family. There are so many resources out there for families that have a member with autism. They are a challenge, but they can bring many joys. He will bring you to see the world with different eyes and ears.

K. Langston said...

Hello! Now that you have a diagnosis, you can move forward. Rest assured that God will give you EVERYTHING you need to help your prince, and know that God also promised you joy....even in the face of autism.

May you feel God's very arms around you today and as you move forward. My prayers are with you now....God bless. He has a great purpose for you...and your little son, no less important than any other child.

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