Our youngest bug, Little Critter has something going on. I feel that we are getting a bit closer to figuring it out… at least partially.
Last night, as I was reading checklists from “The Out of Sync Child” to Oregon Dad, he said that he thinks of Little Critter as a “sports caster”. At first, I was completely lost by his analogy.
Here’s how he explained it (the hand gestures were great, sorry I can’t share those with you!):
LC gives a verbal play by play of EVERYTHING. “See this paper, it’s white, it has four sides, the sides are kind of pokey, ouch.” The entire time she is doing this, she will turn whatever she is holding all around, end over end, etc… According to Oregon Dad, a sports caster is there to provide all the details out loud, all the things we start to not acknowledge (at least not verbally) and hand over to our subconscious. In his sports-fanatic mind, that’s the best analogy for Little Critters fervent descriptions and verbalization of everything she encounters.
Little Critter is an extremely verbal child. Precocious, smart and advanced in many ways. She began speaking early, clearly, descriptively. As she approached two years old, she became manic verbal. By that I mean, she began to speak so often, so loud, so panicky at times… it caused a mental head scratch for Oregon Dad and I.
If she needs a drink. She will practically screech, “drink, drink, drink, drink, drink.” Over and over until her “need” is met. We try to calm her down and explain that she can have a drink (or snack or toy or change of the channel) once she asks for it appropriately. There appears to be a disconnect in that she doesn’t understand what is appropriate, even when we demonstrate the correct way to ask, “Mommy, may I have a drink please?”.
The verbal outbursts, repetition and complex descriptions are just some of “issues” that have caused us to consider we may be dealing with more than just a precocious child.
Little Critter is ALWAYS messy. LOVES anything she can get her hands in and squish around. She throws her entire body into feeling and doing. In time out, she will rub the walls with her hands or feet if she can reach them, she will spin around on the chair. She seeks the thrill of faster, quicker, further CONSTANTLY. This child is a whirlwind of activity, both physical and verbally. (Did I mention she skipped being a baby? Literally. She walked at 7.5 months, didn’t want to waste time snuggling and hasn’t stopped since). LC WEARS ME OUT. Not kidding here, I have raised a whole bunch of kids at varying stages of life. I was a nanny for several years, I have four of my own kids, am raising one sister and previously raised another one, I have hosted exchange students and taken in my niece who was removed from her Mother’s home. I have spent a lot of time with kids and this one, my youngest, throws me for a loop. Every.Single.Day.
I could write a book on all the odd little things that make up this delightful, wonderful, beautiful, precocious child of mine. But I digress.
We are also concerned about some health aspects that have cropped up in the last several months. She is constantly hungry. I feed the kid. Within 20 minutes she will be starving again and manic about it. I try to put this off by saying what time snack time is (the kids eat five times a day at specified times). Life can become hell during these periods of time. She has also started having nighttime and nap time accidents again. Sometimes 2 or 3 wets during a 3 hour nap. In addition to the constant hunger (which I believe is more of a stomach ache that makes her think she is hungry) she also randomly vomits. Not a lot, but once a week or several times a week as it has been the last 10 days. I cannot relate the vomiting to any specific foods, yet anyway. Little Critter also lost 2 lbs between Feb. and April. When you are 39 months old and weigh 29 lbs, dropping 2 lbs isn’t a good thing! I took her back in last week and she had gained back those precious 2 lbs since our last visit in April. I really think we are dealing with Celiac here as well… and I know that Celiac can cause many of the behavior issues we are experiencing. The blood work said no. I know that the blood work isn’t that accurate, especially in young kids… however, the Doctor doesn’t seem inclined to investigate further. I want the genetic test done or perhaps we should just do the biopsy to find out. We have an appointment with a Pediatric GI specialist, but they couldn’t get us in until the end of July. So, here I am with a child who has a constant belly ache and vomits randomly… a small child (who is only in the fifth percentile for a child her age)… and cannot find out what is wrong with her.
I called the Doctor yesterday to find out exactly what her blood glucose numbers had been. I read about Ketotic Hypoglycemia and wondered if that is part of what we are dealing with. Little Critters blood glucose was 60mg/dl. According to the lab the “normal” range is 60-99 mg/dl. So, she was on the low side. Children that present with Ketotic Hypoglycemia usually have a blood glucose between 35 and 60 mg/dl. The Doctors office disregarded this as a concern. They felt her blood glucose level was just fine. Huh. I’m not sure I am buying that. I will be getting some ketone sticks at the pharmacy and checking her urine at home… I am also going to get out our blood glucose monitor and see how her levels fluctuate during the day. Hypoglycemia can be treated with frequent, high carbohydrate meals and snacks. Not a problem. What is a problem is that young children with chronic/severe hypoglycemia can develop neurological issues.
Are these issues intertwined? Could whatever is going on inside her belly/GI tract be causing the out of sync behaviors I am seeing? Maybe. Could it be that we are dealing with two separate, but no less important issues? Maybe.
Just as I pushed forward to figure out why K3 was having so many issues… I will also with Little Critter. I don’t have a lot of faith in modern medicine when it comes to “abnormal” issues. Our Doctor is great for treating infections, but I think many of these issues are going to fall upon Oregon Dad and I to figure out and fix.
I know I have an out of sync child… one with Sensory Integration Disorder. Are the issues extreme enough to fall under Aspergers Disorder? We haven’t seeing any “motor” clumsiness, but LC has one or more issues in each of the other five categories. Perhaps a specialist will see something we assume is normal.
For now, I have a highly precocious, adorable, 3 year old Sports Caster. If nothing else, I hope that we can learn more effective ways of coping and helping Little Critter thrive. I’m also starting a log today. It details everything she eats and drinks and when. In addition to the food diary, I am also keeping a behavior diary where I can record out of sync behaviors (like her meltdown yesterday when we took donuts to her sisters class) and her exceptional behavior times as well. We will do what we can to figure this out and we will keep praying for guidance and a medical professional who is on our side.