We chelate her twice a month for three months and then we take a break for a few months and do blood work to make sure she is fine. We are finishing up on our second round right now. This is how we do chelation: Sierra takes one DMSA capsule (which I open and mix with apple juice) first thing in the morning. She can't eat for two hours but she can drink. We do that for three days on and eleven days off (2 weeks total time) and we do that for three months. That comes to six rounds in three months. There are other ways to do it but this is what we decided on with her doctor.
The chelation and the B12 shots have just propelled her forward so fast! In one weeks time something connected in her brain because she started to
- Drink from a straw.
- Jump with both feet off the floor.
- Catch a ball.
- Play in the sand (sand used to bother her if it was just on her hands).
- Ride on toys (she didn't like anything that moved before)
Sierra still has a long way to go, she still has meltdowns if you change her routine and is still very much behind in her language and self help skills, but she is making such great progress lately!
Sierra was reevaluated when she turned three (5 months ago), which was a little over a year later than the first one. They gave her an official diagnoses this time. They said she is no longer on the path to classic autism (what they said in the first unofficial diagnoses), but she has PDD (pervasive development disorder). She was 30 percent delayed overall in language, 20 percent delayed in cognitive, but was ranging in the normal for social-emotional now.
So that was the path that lead us to our present time and I am looking forward to see where our path leads us to now!