Thursday, November 05, 2009

OCD; anxiety; going gluten free; and other things I worry about, in random order.

I am worried that Summy has anxiety at the least, and OCD at the most. He's developed a new thing: constantly wanting to wash his hands. It seems to be triggered most by him becoming anxious. Shaving cream, paint, and messy food exacerbate it. Today at therapy, he painted with Cake. (our OT) He seemed to be doing great, but by the time we got to the car, the meltdown began. Some nights at dinner he'll ask to wash his hands repeatedly. In this time of h1n1, I'm not sad he likes to wash his hands, but I am petrified when as soon as he dries them off, he asks to wash again. He is insistent. I am afraid.

Perhaps it is anxiety. I can tell you I have a lot of anxiety about it. Anyone out there in SPD-land, or general parenting-land have any insight or stories/thoughts to share?

I talked a little to our OT today about going gluten/casein free, probiotics, yeast kill-off, and other dietary things I have been tossing around in the last few weeks. I'm not going to lie, I am overwhelmed. We're getting ready to start the boys back on their listening therapy routine. I read a lot on my lists about people who swear by it. I discussed seeing a DAN doctor with my OT. I am honestly not sure I can actually do it. I feel pulled to the limits right now, I cannot imagine more. But I am scared I am not doing enough.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Cate said...

I've thought about going to a DAN doctor with my son as well and trying anything to help him. While I am usually an "everything in moderation" type mama the gluten free diet has some appeal to me if it'll help him.

I wish I had some recommendations for you about the hand washing.

Alicia said...

My thoughts are that you are an amazing mamma. I'm sorry that you have to go through all this with your sweet boys. Someday they will know and appreciate everything that you are worrying about and doing to help them. For now, just know that other mammas out there think you are doing a great job.

Brittany said...

I went GF in May and have never felt better. If you want tips, advice, hugs, name of a good bakery, let me know.


Following HIM said...

I have been gluten/wheat, soy, nut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, and modified food starch free completely for three years now. Sure these are all allergens that I am HIGHLY allergic to but it has done me well.

Personally I feel so much better and I support your decision in going GF. I have so many recipes, tips, and product names if you need them.

You are a great mama who helps her boys in ANY way that you can I am am SO PROUD of YOU!!!

Keep rockin' sweet woman!

Manday said...

I dont have any advice but **hugs**

Annie said...

Sorry, but I don't have recommendations for you this time.

I wish everything goes well.

Have a nice weekend.


Squid said...

Be very very careful with the DAN doctors; some are good people, some sell snake oil and exploit parents' willingness to do whatever it takes to help their children in need. Do your best to remain analytical, and do not let anyone talk you into anything just because you really, really want it to work.

Good luck. Your children are lucky to have you as their mom.