Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This, that and that other thing

Good morning! I enclosed a photo of me in my swim suit this morning. What do ya think? Pretty daring huh?

Turns out after yesterday mornings fight Taz covered his mouth with his scarf and didn't get any blood on his clothes. Whew! Glad for that. A friend gave me the great idea of having Bear pay to dry clean what ever is bloody and so he will pay to dry clean the scarf.

I wanted to update on some medical things we have been checking into. The doctor checked Bear's hormone levels a while back. They were low but not low enough to be a disorder of some sort. He still sent us to an endicrinologist to see if it could effect his mood. He did more blood work yesterday and is checking not only the hormone levels but had some concern over his thyroid numbers.

If your child has been in attachment therapy for over a year and you are not making any progress; if you feel you are following the advice of your attachment therapist and truly living attaching parenting behavior and still your child is stuck; if you have tried psychiatrists and every medication known to mankind with no change; I would seek out a neuropsychologist for a full evaluation. That is how we found the sensory integration dysfunction and the dysthymia. I would also talk to your doctor about checking hormone (if age appropriate) and thyroid levels and ask them to make sure there are no medical reasons for the moodiness. All we can do is keep exploring the possibilities. If your child is diagnosed with RAD the attachment threatment can be effective. But if there are other things coming into play they can be holding your child back in attachment as well. Keep looking. Never, never, never quit.

10 comments:

Rick said...

Focusing....

Brenda said...

Bwahahaahaha.

Torina said...

How is a neuropsychologist different than a neurologist? Interesting.

Brenda said...

I believe a neurologist does medical testing looking for organic problems. He'd check for the physical neurological problems. A neuropsychologist is more interested in brain function. They do a wide variety of tests some oral, some on paper, some on the computer that test reflexes, logic, more abilities type to look for areas that might not work as wel as they should. That is off the top of my head. You might want to look it up if you are serious about it.

Torina said...

Thanks! I bet that is very similar to what Tara had to do with her FASD testing. (logic, reflexes, tests in executive functioning, etc.)

Brenda said...

Yes. Yes. Sounds like the same.

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Here is another-- test your child's cortisol level. My dd had, by the age of 2 1/2 burned out her own bodies ability to produce cortisol, a stress hormone. It was a BIG problem for her with a lot of meds and injections and supervision and specialists. She has recovered as of about 6 months ago. But anyway, a cortisol deficiency is really rare in a young child and it would not ordinarily be looked for.

Brenda said...

Essie,

I have a question. What type of doctor would check this?

Christy said...

Brenda,
Any doctor can check a cortisol level.. it's just a lab test, but if the labs came back abnormal, then an endocrinologist would be the one to treat it. Hope this helps.

Brenda said...

Christy,

Thanks. It does help. Bear just had a blood draw by an endronologist on Tuesday. I wonder if he is checking that. Bear did not put on a front for this doctor at all but was very angry and moody in front of him which is unsual.