3 months ago, my daughter started the Methyl B12 shots. I don’t know if it was a slight regression or yeast die off, it was horrible. She started fecal smearing, aggression etc. There was a never ending list of what we were experiencing. I even asked the doctor if the fecal smearing was a side effect of the Methyl B12 and whether the full moon that I have been seeing has something to do with it (talk about losing it!) I pledged to keep on giving the shots and not skip a beat with her supplements. Whatever reaction is going on, it is probably a signal that something good may happen. As all of this was ongoing, I was astonished at how much my daughter had progressed. This whole period lasted probably 2 weeks, wow! I can’t believe this is how she was all day every day, possibly worse. I had forgotten how difficult it was raising a child who was labelled as “severely” on the spectrum.
After this whole crazed period, we started seeing another child. I am in tears as I write how good it feels. I am finally getting to know her. The following is what we have seen:
- Socially- Previously she never used to notice anyone or engage anyone. Now she says HI spontaneously. She engages her brother and friends. She takes turn to share an item (unless it’s the phone- she loves her music)
- Echolalia Reduction- My daughter would repeat every word and question verbatim. I would say “Hello Baby” She would repeat “Hello Baby” Now she actually doesn’t repeat. She says, “Hello Mama” and once she said, “I love you” and referenced my actual name! When she says her goodnights she doesn’t parrot what we say but appropriately says, “Good night mama…Good night daddy” etc
- Empathy- Never thought I would see this day! Before when she used to get hurt or when someone else got hurt, she would not even flinch. Her pain threshold too was like off the charts. Now when she falls down she rushes to me and says, “Boboo mama. It hurts. Blow” I then blow the pain away. Amazing! The other day her brother fell down when she was trying to lift him. She immediately placed her hand on her mouth in shock and said, “Sorry!”
- Eye Contact- With the fish oil, she started making eye contact. With the Methyl B12, she has started maintaining eye contact! Yes, MAINTAINING eye contact.
- She has started to use “Me” and “You” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (tears) She says, “Help me” when she needs help removing something and “Help you” when she wants to assist me with something. Etc
- Better fine motor skills- She has started using a spoon much easier. She had learned how to use a spoon when she was 12 months old and we have pictures of her eating food with it. She lost that ability with her regression. She can dress herself!!
- Swimming- she is learning to swim. We have a private instructor that is helping. She loves the water.
- And others…TOO MANY TO LIST!
I can attribute these to first and foremost GOD AND PRAYER. There were so many times (you can tell from some of my blog posts) that I wanted to just stop trying but God always nudged me forward and ministered to me through the Holy Spirit. In addition to that, I don’t think Methyl B12 is solely to thank. My daughter responded to it…slowly but I think that the other supplements she has been taking have been a blessing! I think Methyl B12 fortified the gains we were already seeing.
Previously, my daughter’s teacher had stated that my daughter would need support for much of her life. Now….ohhh now the tune has changed. Our last home visit she said my daughter is blowing them away with new things, “Where is she getting these stuff?” She stated that if my daughter keeps up she should be mainstreamed by 2nd grade!
After all these gains made me sit my husband down. He finds all these stuff overwhelming at times and he sometimes asks me if my daughter can have a “cheat day”. The answer is always NO NO NEVER!!!!. I explained to him that these gains need to be amplified by more gains as we try to be consistent with her diet, supplements etc.
With that said, we still have bad days. Here and there. I can handle them. Yeast is to blame because the days she acts like this; she pairs it with hysterical inappropriate laughter. The doctor had advised us to use Yeast Aid by Kirkman labs. The taste was too strong my daughter’s sensitive palate. So she absolutely refused to take it. We spoke to the doctor about this on the follow up visit and he prescribed taste free Enhansa from Lee Silsby Pharmacy. I have read the reviews and I am so anxious. Perhaps this next phase we will see her answer questions and hold a conversation? What I am dreading is the die off—oh brother! I will talk about Enhansa in my next blog post.
Thank you Jesus!