Sometimes, we can become so angry at injustice…and all we can do is blog. All we can do is hope the post reaches someone else, and saves them or their child from going through what we have had to.
After years of begging for help… Close to a year on a wait list to see a child psychiatrist… Another year to see a pediatrician… Appointments with general physicians multiple times per year… Thousands of dollars on assessments and treatments… They measure him, tell him to drink milk for the Vitamin D and to take Omega oils, and send him on his way.
They will let our children die. They will let them die from suicide, or from gunshot wounds from emergency police action, or from CPI restraints gone wrong, or from severe malnutrition from limited eating.
Three pediatricians, one eight-hour psychological assessment, one child psychiatrist specializing in autism, countless general physicians, my typed lists of symptoms…and not one thought to check for anything physical.
I eventually did. And after sitting for hours in the waiting room of a walk-in clinic, I won a blood test for my son, whose ferritin levels showed very low. Despite eating a phenomenally wide range of homemade, nutritious food, and huge volumes of it daily, he is deficient in ferritin. This has wide-reaching effects: insomnia alternating with excess sleep; irritability; bouts of severe anxiety upon strange triggers; cognitive confusion; frustration; limited concentration; profound fatigue upon short periods of academic effort. (Others may experience heart palpitations, generalized anxiety, loss of hair, and so on.) As puberty’s growth spurt sucked the last of it from him, in this sweet, calm, happy, gentle boy fits of rage appeared. Pulled from daycare. Pulled from school. Supervised 24/7.
Cheap. Easily remedied.
If you or your child are suffering from symptoms related to thinking, moving, sleeping, or behaviour, please request a full panel of blood tests. As physicians will often skip it, please insist on ferritin, specifically, being checked at that time. Get a copy of the lab results. Ask your pharmacist for a detailed description of how to treat it correctly. Recheck the levels regularly throughout treatment, to ensure you or your loved one is not reaching a toxic dose.
There are a handful of things in my child’s life I struggle to forgive myself over. This is one of them.
Though he may well be prevented from suffering further symptoms, he may never recover from some of the damage to his development. That is for me to live with, because he will have to live with it. However, I also believe we have discovered this blood level and information in time to preempt additional serious issues. Thank goodness.
I will feel infinitely better if you or your child are saved, too.
There are countless papers. Here is one to get you started: