Thursday, August 13, 2015

Finally...Some Answers!

I've been blogging about our journey with Trent for a long time. One of the 'to do' items after his neuropsych evaluation was to get Trent tested for the MTHFR gene mutation. As with everything in the medical field, it took some time to schedule the test and then get the results. But we got official confirmation this week.... Drumroll please...

Trent DOES have the gene mutation! 

{I know it might seem weird that I could be excited about this, but when you've been searching for an answer for 3 years, it's such an exciting moment to have answers!}

The best way I can explain this is the MTHFR gene produces an enzyme that breaks down folic acid and when it doesn't work correctly, your body doesn't break down toxins appropriately and they build up in your body which causes stress on your systems and can cause them to shut down and not work properly. {I think this article explains it really well and also has a link to the approximately 60 medical conditions that have been linked SO FAR to this mutation. Infertility, miscarriages, autism, ADD, anxiety, increased cancer risks, depression, post-partum...} I'm just starting to really research it, but it's pretty fascinating.

When we met with this specialist a few months ago, after talking about Trent's history and her observing him, she told me she was 99% sure he would test positive for the mutation, and she started us on a protocol for him immediately. It's something you add to in layers, so we're doing 2 things for him right now, and he's responding AMAZINGLY.

I'm so optimistic and while it's a little frustrating to think about what we've gone through {and spent} and especially what Trent has had to deal with, I'm just relieved to finally feel like we're moving forward!


Movie night in the park with my little love

4 comments:

the blogivers said...

Yay for progress! Hopefully this answer will help him have the best school year yet :)

Kathryn Bagley said...

so excited for answers! and love all the missing teeth!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for y'all to have some answers! This is definitely a step in the right direction and you can start putting together a plan on moving forward and just have the relief of DOING something to help! XOXO Rhonda

Karen Peterson said...

I'm glad you have some answers. That must be SUCH a relief!