G'Day all, Newbie here!

  1. Hello everyone!

    I found this site by accident looking for information on Post TB

    I am a AN3 Nurse , have been nursing for 17yrs & now I'm finally looking to study & upgrade to EEN something I proberly should have done years ago.

    I am a single mum & have a Handsome 12 yr old son with Autisim with many other complications as he gets older it seems to all make more sense now.

    Perhaps you can help me understand more..but I can't seem to put my finger on it....cause I know he has other medical issues but just not sure what...& since it took 11 yrs for them to diagnose ASD and being treated like a nurotic mother who knows nothing :smackingf ...what would I know hey?

    So far he has ASD, Short sightedness, Advanced bone age 4.5yrs, Premature Adolescence (started at 8yrs), Boarderline Interlectually Delayed (IQ 72-75) & recently he spent a week in Hospital which baffled all the Peadiatric Registras & Specialists...first they said he had allergy then it was Glandular Fever & now they reckon he has Lupus & needs to be tested while he was in Hospital he was on a IV drip, had high temps, very unusual rash very similar to menigcoccl disease but not purple red & white, & very high Blood Presure around 186/110 etc to 170/89 so it was scary they has him on high doses of predsilone & mixture of other meds. he is home & back to normal now :icon_hug: . He has appointment end of march for a echocardiogram because he has a systolic mumor.

    So if you got any sugestions I'd be happy to hear them.

    Now that I have found this place I hope to check in occasionally.


    Cya's all around!
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    About Little Mermaid

    Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 12


  3. by   EricJRN
    Welcome aboard, Little Mermaid. Enjoy the forums. While we don't give medical advice on the site or give suggestions in reference to members' individual health situations, we do wish your son the best. He sure sounds like a tough guy.
  4. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses!
  5. by   Little Mermaid
    Thank you both of you!:icon_cheesygrin:
  6. by   PremieOne
    Welcome to the Allnurses site Little Mermaid.
    I give you great credit in raising you son as a single mom. I find that if you are not sure of a suject it is best to research it until you better understand it. I think if you do a search on the Internet such as Google, by using some of your son's problems you may find helpful information for you and your family. You can use search phrases such as:
    genetic diseases with ASD, mental retardation, hypertension, autism
    Good Luck on furthering your education. Happy Holidays to you.
  7. by   Little Mermaid
    Thanks Premie One

    I think I am all googled out though .....For a couple years I was saying I think he has Aspergers ....but close enough he was diagnoised with ASD instead so wasn't too far off for a Nurotic mother hey!

    But I still think there is somthing else ....I just can't put my finger on it...but I do know he is Special & I won't give up on him. he really is such a handsome young man too & has no problems with the girls but he has some strange behaviour the girls won't like as he gets older ...so as with all kids more so with children with a disablility you have to have consitancy...somthing that is difficult to keep up.

    Yet I do thank you for your kind words. It has definatly been hard more so when he was younger & I didn't understand.

    :Santa3: Happy Holidays back atch ya
  8. by   MrsP&mom-of-3
    Hi and wow!

    I guess I'm the newest newbie :wink2: . I love these inserts! Anyway, I found you guys on a search engine too. I will start my nursing path this January. I'm scared, excited, passionate and determined....I hope I can do this and still land on my feet.

    Little Mermaid, I can empathise, my youngest child (of three ages: 10, 8 and 3) the 3 year old is suffering something....not sure just what....docs don't wanna call it autism b/c she's social....it's just good to see u out here. Attends a school that specializes in her situation.....she's making progress in leaps and bounds...and yes....like u w/momma's hard work too...Yeah!

    Again, it's good to know you're out there b/c I've been feeling sooo conflicted about stressing our lives out w/momma trying to be a nurse. School full-time doesn't seem fair to kids & a supportive hubby whose use to having me around all day. I've been a sahm (stay at home) mom for over 10 years. I suspect i'll have to be a little selfish in order to do this....going to nursing school.

    I've read some great things on the threads...but please...anyone....any more advice or suggestions or what to expect, especially what to expect.....I'm excited, but, like I said I'm scared too.

    Anyway, hi and thanks for being here.
  9. by   RN BSN 2009
    Welcome to the group!
  10. by   MrsP&mom-of-3