SO apparently all it takes to get an "official diagnosis" is to see the right doctor.
We had another pediatrician apt today for Aiden. Our pediatrician where we used to live wrote to this guy personally and asked him to see us... three cheers for personal favours people! This guy is retiring soon so he wasn't accepting any new patients. Our old pediatrician had sent the new pediatrician all of our forms and files and assessments etc. and this doctor amazingly enough had actually read the whole pile BEFORE seeing us!
We walked in and he basically said he had read everything and talked to our old pediatrician. He asked us a few questions and asked why we had not gotten an "official diagnosis" yet. I said no one seemed willing to actually give us one and he said...
" Well, I'll give you one!" ... oh those are beautiful words people.
He said it was clear from our enormous file that Aiden falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. He said that there are very subtle differences between Asperger's and Pervasive Development Disorder but that in the long run it really didn't matter which one he has. He told me it will make zero difference in his treatment, in funding, in schooling, in anything so there is no point waiting for the exact label in order to diagnose the obvious problem.
Then he pulled out a piece of paper and wrote us an official diagnosis letter.
Aiden officially has Autism and ADHD. We've known that unofficially for ages... even though it has been rather hotly debated as of late... so we aren't surprised. But it IS a relief to have something official.
Just like that.
I could barely believe it. I wanted to hug that beautiful white-haired doc!
He told me he would write a few letters on our behalf to get things moving and send the OTHER pediatrician that we saw his file and diagnosis with the official letter and hopefully that would pave the way for us. He is also sending a letter to the school for their records.
It was amazing.
He told us to come back in a couple months and if Aiden gets sick or anything in the meantime to just call his office and we can go in THAT DAY to see him. THAT DAY!!!!
Can I just say it is a flippin' tragedy this doctor is retiring in a few months???
I think I might still be in a little bit of shock!
Oh... and the folks we are renting our house from are wanting to sell it and the real estate agent called and wants to show the house tomorrow.
Can I just say if this house sells right away and we have to move in the next couple months I may have a complete nervous breakdown??? I have barely recovered from moving IN to this house a couple months ago... I just can't move again so soon.... please God don't make me move again yet.