We are off to visit Martin’s biomed doctor. I made a list of issues to discuss, which includes the following:
- skin rashes, in the form of blemishes that Martin scratches and picks at until they bleed;
- itchy skin overall;
- impulsively calling out words he doesn’t mean, in a manner almost like Tourette Syndrome (Martin does not have Tourette);
- obsession with foods, allergies, which foods he can or cannot eat, which are treats, and so forth;
- trying to understand tough situations by putting Minions into those situations, like, “Bob [a Minion] was on the playground and another kid said he couldn’t use the swings. Is that nice?”;
- constantly apologizing, which has been an ongoing habit.
(There were other issues on the list, too personal for sharing on the blog.)
What are your guesses, readers? Parasites? Metals? Lyme activity because we started using cryptolepis to treat babesia? A different form of the yeast beast? Dry winter air? Noticing differences between himself and other kids?
I’ll fill you in after our appointment with the biomed doctor.
And before you worry that Martin’s recovery is off the rails, I will add the following:
First, Martin’s self-awareness is blossoming. Even his teachers have noticed. After school last week, Martin confessed that he had hurt his friend Nicole’s feelings by calling her “racist.” (In light of Black History Month and Martin’s classroom unit on civil rights, our family has been doing a lot of talking about racism and our country’s legacy of segregation. I think he was angry at Nicole, and “racist” was the first insult he happened upon.) He added, “Sometimes words come into my head that I know I shouldn’t say, but I can’t stop them before they come out of my mouth.”
Second, this morning, by phone, Adrian said, “This past month or so, I’ve been having these awesome moments with him, where he’s just acting like a regular kid, and I can finally think, ‘This is it. This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is the reward’.”