When our oldest son was born, we had high hopes of having a beautiful healthy baby boy. Max was definitely a stunningly handsome fellow. Looking back, he was already immune compromised at birth. He had thrush at 6 weeks old that would not clear up even with the strongest anti-fungal medication. This was our first sign of immune dysregulation. From six weeks of age until age six our son was on some type of antibiotic almost every month of his life. As a nurse, I kept questioning why this was happening and neither of the 2 pediatricians we saw in that 6-year span of his life could give me a reason. We were very frustrated and upset about his constant battle with sinus, ear and throat infections.
Having a new baby in 2007, seemed to tip off some extreme jealousy, rage and OCD in Max. He was suddenly a different child. Max went from sweet and loving, to this child that was distant, angry, controlling, and worst of all, violent. He could rage for up to 2-3 hours. He would self-injure by scratching his face or hitting himself in the head. He would growl and make these animalistic sounds that I had never heard him make. He would lash out at us and scratch and hit his brother and us. It really seemed like he hated him and not the usual sibling jealousy. A year later, Max was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I didn't believe that this was "just autism". We started him on basic biomedical protocol with a DAN doctor that was located in our state. He was allergic to several foods and once we removed those foods, he became less locked in his own world. He also was prescribed B12, cod liver oil, probiotics and special high dose multi-vitamins. He started developmental pre-K and started to talk more and interact some with his peers.
Our younger son, Parker hated people. He would throw himself down and hurt himself if he didn't want to do something. He head banged and screamed throughout the day. His OCD was so severe that if we went the “wrong way” to the store he would try to kick the windows out. Life was a battlefield. He never slept. In October of 2010, he was also diagnosed with autism. We were devastated. How could we raise two kids with autism? Parker joined his brother in the biomedical treatment of autism. When we removed the foods Parker was allergic to and started developmental pre-k, he started talking and interacting with us more. We were hopeful that things were going to get better.
In 2010, the boys had so much rage, aggression and extreme OCD. We hardly ever left the house because Parker hated to go anywhere. He was a flight risk. Every time we left he would elope. We were constantly on alert. We had to install special locks high in the doorframes to keep him from running away. When we took him in the car, he would rage so bad that he almost kicked out the windows on several occasions. Max would get so mad on the car rides they would attack each other and punch each other on the car rides. We were basically shut-ins for months.
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