#Autism and a MAJOR victory

The Lost and Tired family has its hands full raising three boys on the #Autism Spectrum. We experience many, many struggle and setbacks. Unfortunately, for our family, the difficulties often out weigh the positives.

Having said that, we do, on occasion, have what I consider to be major victories.

This is one such moment.

Gavin is easily our most complex and challenging child. As a result of his health/mental health issues, he has frequent blood work done. For years and years, this was a complete nightmare. We would have to call ahead in order to make arrangements to have enough staff on hand to successfully draw his blood.

That may sound like overkill but you would have to see it to believe it. Even our parents didn’t understand until we brought them along for support. Needless to say, it was an eye opening and ear piercing experience.

I will admit that quite often I would end up in tears at what had to be done in order to get what we needed to help him.

It was emotionally traumatizing for all involved, especially Gavin.

Fast forward a year or so and we find ourselves at this appointment. Gavin needed to have his biweekly blood work done so one of his prescriptions could be refilled.

Lately he has been doing much better. However, we still experienced a great deal of drama with each visit.

However, noting could have prepared me for the monumental step forward he would make at this blood draw. This is actually the first one I have ever recorded and it just happened to be the best he has ever done.

Words can’t express just how proud of him I am. He didn’t even flinch, yell at the lab tech or scream like someone was cutting his fingers off.

He did absolutely awesome.  This was a major victory for Gavin.

[youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv9wHvNqR28[/youtube]

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Rebecca M.

Gavin deserves the warrior award for that. Great job!

Grandma G.

So proud of you Gavin! Most importantly, you've got to be proud of yorself:-)

Karen

i just love those major victories! they make the everyday hardships so much easier to deal with! Congrats Gavin! That was Awesome!

whynotfathers

Excellent step Gavin!!!! Proud of you!

Stephlton

Woot! Good job, Gavin!

Alana

Bravo, Gavin!!!!!!

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