Friday, August 06, 2010

Glory to God!

Well, we had our post-psychological testing results meeting today at Bingham Clinic. And I could leap and shout and sing for joy! Bethany does NOT have schizophrenia!!!!! This is such good news for her and for our family.

What she DOES have: Asperger's Syndrome with clinical Anxiety, NOS and clinical Depression, NOS. And yes, severe anxiety, the doctor explained, can cause a kid to shut down and seem catatonic, the way she did. Severe anxiety can cause somatic disturbances and movement disorders...everything she has going on.

This diagnosis gives us a vision for the way forward and good hope for the future. Things don't look nearly as bleak as they did before. This is treatable and can be managed very well with cognitive/behavioral therapy and medication. I'm hoping we can get in to see the psychiatrist soon, and talk about whether her medications needed to be adjusted in light of these findings.

I'm so happy, happy, happy!

And on the feast of the Transfiguration, too! We have our own transfiguration, in a way: A change from what we thought (which was dire and sad and felt hopeless), to what actually IS (still difficult, but not hopeless).

Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!!!!!!!!!!

21 comments:

erin said...

Praising the Lord with you for such news.
Thank you for updating us as well, and we'll all continue to pray as B's care plan is changed.

Blessings to your sweet family! What an amazing day!

npmccallum said...

Yeah!!!!!

On an unrelated note, come visit us again soon. We really enjoyed the last time you stayed with us.

elizabeth said...

Wow! Thank God! Am rejoicing with you! Prayers and hugs!!

deb said...

That's the greatest news! So very good to hear. What a relief. Even though it's still difficult, it's much more hopeful. Blessed Feast!

Rebecca said...

Crying tears of joy for you!

Mimi said...

I'm so excited for you! What a Feastday Blessing!

gemma said...

Hallelujah! Excellent news and gloru to God for sure.

BelleArtMom said...

Good news; so happy for you. I'm sure you feel as if a weight has been lifted.

Michelle M. said...

That is such great news! I am so happy for you guys. Now you will be able to take steps to help B. I hope you see changes very soon. What a blessing!

margaret said...

That is fantastic! Glory to God! I am so glad my 'onion doctor' doesn't have schizophrenia. I've been hoping it was a misdiagnosis since you first mentioned it, schiz is so often misdiagnosed both ways, and it's so rare in one so young. Give her a big hug from across the ocean :)

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

What wonderful news !

Coffee Catholic said...

Very good news :-)

Laura said...

Great news!!! What an answer to prayer. Prayers for guidance and healing will be speeding your way!!

thegeekywife said...

YIPPEEEE!!!!!

THANKS BE TO GOD!!!

I have tears over such news: finally an accurate diagnosis, and with treatment options!

Will continue to pray for healing along with everyone else and the saints!

Lots of hugs!

Dixie said...

What amazingly wonderful news! Prayers of thanksgiving to God for this marvelous blessing. May your family continue to be protected by the prayers of the Panagia.

Tabitha said...

Such hopeful news, and not only on the Feast but also in the midst of the birthdays! Joy for the whole family! Love and hugs and many years to you all.

Anonymous said...

Glory to God!!!
I am so very happy for you, Bethany and all of your family. I know we've never met, but crying tears of joy for you.
In Christ, Tamara

Jane G Meyer said...

Glory to God, indeed!!! He makes us all wonderfully, beautifully...

I have a niece and a nephew with Asbergers. They are both teenagers now and doing very well; their parents have been incredible champions for them and I know you will be, too...

May God continue to bless you...

lisa said...

I am so happy to hear this!!!

Anonymous said...

It is sooo good to hear of your relief in this news. It sounds as if things are much more hopeful, as if the treatment will be more focused and manageable. Praised be!

It makes one wonder about the spectrum of disorders, though, as if undiagnosed/untreated schizophrenia might be at a far end of illness.

God's blessings, and graces to regain the strength to continue and persevere in the daily therapy.

David B said...

Thank God.