Most of you know that I am a biomedical skeptic. Alanna is on a gluten-free diet but beyond that, we do not do much in the way of biomedical treatment.
All of that may change next week. After our failure with clonidine my wife and I decided it is time to give in and go see a DAN doctor. We feel that we have nothing to lose and possibly something to gain. After all, the gluten free diet did help with gastrointestinal problems, so perhaps Alanna is sensitive to diet.
I am hopeful because there is some research out there proving some of these therapies can be helpful, but also nervous because of the potential for harm. However, we have ABA therapy and speech therapy well established now, so any additional huge leaps in progress we would have to attribute to biomedical intervention.
In general I would describe Alanna as generally happy, but sleep deprived and on many days, just "unwell". She is often lethargic and spacey and I don't know why. Sometimes she cries for no discernable reason. I have to wonder if she just feels ill... sort of like I feel when I don't exercise and eat crap for three days straight.
Maybe it will help, maybe it won't. But before we pump her full of more drugs, we feel we ought to at least investigate it.