Since learning of Moose's autism diagnosis, there have been many cases of information overload. With that overload come differing opinions, extremists, and what-the-heck moments. It's so hard to know what to believe, what is true, what will help, what is hooey.
Yesterday's trip to the allergist was no different. This allergist had come highly recommended by friends but our doctor was hesitant about our visit. When we arrived, there was a lot of information (some that seemed like hooey. i.e. claims that food CAUSED autism, ear infections were CAUSED by milk allergies). There were a lot of unanswered questions (why doctors wouldn't give this business' allergy shots, adverse reactions to the shots). Red flags showed themselves to us so much (not being a board certified allergist, for one).
But what do we believe and what don't we believe? I talked with a friend today who has had such a positive experience through this doctor with her son; it's hard not to taste the Kool-aid. I don't want to mess up my kid or hinder his "betterment." But I don't want to put him through so much that is unnecessary.
What do you do when you don't know what to do?
Edit to add: I talked to a physician's assistant who said that allergies could aid in the swelling of inner ears....so possibly could help along infections. I also chatted with two women who have had positive interactions with this doctor. I wish I say one way or the other what is right; I can't. I did talk with our pediatrician today and plan to discuss this with our developmental pediatrician, too. I'm so blessed to have great professionals we've worked with so far.