A couple of weeks ago I shared that Josiah was starting the journey of being assessed for autism.
Our family doctor referred us to a local pediatrician who would look at Josiah in a more general sense and decide whether or not to send him to the local children’s hospital, CHEO, for more specialized assessment. We got this appointment very quickly, I was impressed! The appointment was this past Monday.
The appointment went as well as I expected. Thankfully my step-mom was able to watch the older two children so they didn’t have to wait around and be bored. The Dr’s room was very small so it would have been extremely cramped if all of us had to go.
Josiah had a hard time being cooped up for so long. Snacks and milk sippy and toy cars only lasted so long! Eventually he discovered how to open the door and kept trying to escape. But he only succeeded once, when I was feeding Gabriel and couldn’t go chase him. Thank goodness for an understanding Dr. who chased him for me!
In the end, the Dr. said that she thought Josiah might be at the very mild end of the spectrum and that she recommended he be assessed at the hospital just to be sure. So, even if he does end up with an Autism diagnosis, it would be very mild and I’m not even sure if he would need any therapies, assuming his speech comes along in time.
She also noted that Josiah’s head is really big. This had never been mentioned to me before but sure enough, when I got home and looked up head circumference charts, his head is off the charts! I think she said she might refer us to have that checked out as well but really, Josiah was DONE by that time so I was a bit distracted. I’m not overly concerned about that so we’ll see!
So, that’s where we go from here! Basically, more waiting. Because I’m pretty sure it’s a L-O-N-G wait to get into the autism clinic. And more unknowns. But at least we’re one step closer!
I’m still not really sure how I feel about this. I’m trying not to over-think it. After all, like I said, if Josiah is on the spectrum it would probably be very mild. But no one wants the A-word anywhere near their family! And it’s hard to keep those anxieties away. So many “ifs.”
Philippians 4 verses 6 and 7 come to mind.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I need to remember that God already knows what is going to happen. Nothing is a surprise for Him. I need to bring my concerns to the Father and try to let them go. I know, easier said than done!
But the Scripture goes further than that.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8,9)
If we fill our minds with things that are true (not could-bes) and things that are lovely, there won’t be room in our minds for the things that cause us worry and anxiety. And the peace of God will be with us. How much we all need that peace!
I know that many of you are going through times of uncertainty of your own. I hope that you can be blessed and encouraged today! If ever you want to share a prayer request, you can share your request here or on my Facebook page publicly, or message me privately on my Facebook page.