We have completed 189 rounds for him. I thought it might be useful to see what symptoms we started with and how many of them are now gone.

His original symptoms:

  • toe walking all the time
  • rocking on fours
  • jumping all the time, hopping instead of walking
  • constant movement,
  • flapping, spinning
  • stimming to loud noises
  • banging on floors, walls etc
  • kicking legs and things constantly to make noise
  • fearful of loud noises
  • fear of people, no one but his own family could talk to or look at him
  • covering ears because of noise
  • clinging to me with fear in normal situations, like visitors to the home
  • would not wear clothing at all, only a diaper
  • eventually wore some clothing but tore it all off while at home
  • screaming with hair washing or combing (still dislikes hair washing but he tolerates it)
  • no hair cuts, lots of screaming
  • would not wear bandages, screamed in terror if you tried to put one on a cut
  • refusing any medicine by mouth, would gag, scream and throw up
  • refused paints, play dough or any messy play
  • fussed excessively if his hands were dirty or sticky
  • gagging if he touched certain things like playdough
  • fear of the toilet
  • toileting accidents
  • receptive language delay, didn’t understand you
  • not responding to his name
  • super hyperactive
  • lost eye contact, side ways glancing
  • self-limiting diet, ate 3 foods, everything else made him gag
  • constipation alternating with diarrhea
  • rigid, melt down if there were any changes in plans, driving different routes, unexpected guests
  • face blindness, didn’t see facial expressions of visual cues
  • lack of humor and apathy, didn’t notice people crying etc.
  • easily over stimulated in busy places
  • no impulse control at all
  • still mouthing objects at age 3 (he likes gum and does like to chew his pens)
  • no interest in playing with other kids. (this is so not him now!)
  • no pretend play
  • lining up toys by size and shape
  • spinning wheels or round objects
  • repeating words over and over again
  • watching the same video over and over for days, weeks, months
  • obsessed with heat runs, light switches, opening and closing doors etc
  • poor fine motor, in ability to print, draw, color, use scissors, feed self
  • trouble following verbal commands or finding objects in a room base on verbal command. If you send him to get something, he didn’t come back.
  • echolalia (this one took a while but it’s gone)
  • headbanging
  • biting
  • scratching
  • hitting
  • withdrawn and difficult to engage
  • did not want to be held, hugged or touched

It’s hard to see where he used to be but it’s also rewarding to see how far he’s coming with chelation.