I just wanted to write a quick update to let everyone know that we have really seen amazing progress in Skyler over the last week! We have also received good reports from his daycare and his occupational therapist. In fact, the OT followed me out after his last session to ask if he had started any new medications because he had been so calm and focused. Skyler’s appetite has also been increasing, and he is no longer as picky about what he eats. Last month he went ballistic when we tried to feed him a hamburger, but Friday night when the waitress put a hamburger in front of him, he proclaimed, “Yay!” and gobbled it down. There have actually been times this week when I have interacted with my son, and it has seemed almost “normal,” as if autism were not a part of our lives. It feels as if I can finally see the finish line up ahead, and we are running straight for it. I honestly don’t know of a better way to describe what I’m seeing in my precious child.
I am not sure what is responsible for the “BIG CHANGE” this week, but I can narrow it down to three things that we recently started:
- Nystatin – This is the prescription medicine for yeast that we’ve been giving Skyler three times each day. We had it specially compounded to improve the taste, but it still tastes HORRIFIC! I put just a drop on my tongue to try it out, and the bitter taste stayed with me for an hour! I’m going to have to look at some other compounding pharmacies to see if we can improve the taste because Skyler hates taking it. But, I truly think it’s helping his appetite.
- DMG – This is hailed as a miracle drug, which seems to benefit everything from autism and diabetes to cancer! Although legally classified as a food, it is very similar to the B vitamins. It is extremely safe, and many parents see immediate results when giving it to their autistic children. For more information, parents can follow this link. This may very well be what is causing the dramatic changes in Skyler.
- Lithium Orotate – We have also started nutritional lithium supplements. This is NOT the type or dosage of lithium commonly used with mental disorders. It has been found effective and FDA approved to reduce hyperactivity, outbursts, mood swings, restlessness and increase focus and ability to stay on task. This safe nutritional supplement is sold without a prescription. Skyler takes half of a 5mg capsule every other day. So it’s basically like taking 2 capsules per week. I personally don’t think this has caused Skyler’s improvements, but it may be contributing to his calm and happy demeanor. In fact, I may try some myself!
So, there you have it. Either one or a combination of those three things is working like a charm, and I couldn’t be happier! We are on the path to recovery, and it feels GREAT!