Friday, August 15, 2014

A New Challenge

Autism visited our family this week when my three year old grandson, Baylor, was diagnosed as autistic. While we were not completely surprised, just hearing the diagnosis out loud was hard on all of us.

We began to suspect something was "not right" with Baylor when he was about 18 months old and was not talking. Katy and Ben took him to the doctor, hearing was checked and tubes were placed in his ears. We hoped that might be the solution to the problem but we saw no improvement. Of course, we wanted to tell ourselves that he was just going to be a late talker. But at the back of all our minds we were concerned. Speech therapy was started, again...not much improvement.  As a nurse, I suspected autism but I did not want to believe it.  However, when Grandpa and I kept Baylor for a weekend so Ben and Katy could attend a wedding, it became apparent that this precious boy needed help.

Katy got busy on the phone, taking Baylor to the pediatrician, calling local services and finding out about early intervention. Within three weeks, Baylor was diagnosed. And with the diagnosis, he can receive the help he needs. We are very hopeful for our boy. The psychologist assured Ben and Katy that they had brought him in for diagnosis at just the right time. The next two years will be critical in treating this disease that is such a puzzle. Most physicians will not diagnose Autism before three years of age. And there are no assurances with this disease. Some children progress and some do not.

Our family is blessed to have prayer warriors who will lift up Baylor, Ben and Katy as they do everything possible to help Baylor learn to connect with the world. It is going to be a challenge but with God's help we are going to take one day at a time.


Anonymous said...

I will certainly pray for Baylor and for all of you. May God bless.

Arlene Grimm said...

Thank you Mildred!

Terri D said...

Please add me to your prayer warrior list, Arlene. I will be praying for them daily. Keep us posted, please, as he moves forward!

Arlene Grimm said...

Thank you Terri!!! So glad for praying friends!!

Mrs.T said...

Arlene, I regularly pray for you and Marvin and your family every Tuesday. I will add this prayer request for Baylor to the list. There is nothing too hard for God!

Arlene Grimm said...

Mrs T, that just touches my heart so much...thank you for your prayers!