My daughter was diagnosed with Autism today. So now what?
Sad. Overwhlemed. Anxious. Relieved. Depressed. Apprehensive. Uncertain. Affirmed. - These are my emotions after leaving the develpmental pediatrician's office today.
What did I do? What didn't I do? What can I do? Will she be OK? Will she grow up to lead a productive life? Will she continuously struggle through school? Why did I wait so long to seek a second opinion when I knew in my gut that something "was different" about her? Was it the fancy vitamins I took during pregnancy? Did I not control my sugars well enough through my gestational diabetes? Was it the vaccines that I was assured that were safe? What about that reaction to the MMR? But she's "high functioning", right? What if my husband doesn't agree? Where do I start? What does she need from me that I am not giving her? Can I give her what she needs? Am I a good mother? - Questions I had when I left the doctor's office today.
So, this journey begins. Help.