HRH was released from hospital on Tuesday. He has a temporary type of arthritis in his hip. There is a 95% recovery rate, without reoccurance. He continues not to walk but he will do in his own time. We can't push him to walk, if we do he may get scared and confused and take much longer to get back on his feet. We have a check up with our consultant in a month, to track his progress.
There was an incident last week with this consultant and I am furious about it. On Thursday evening the consultant swooped into the room and hauled HRH off the bed. He started tickling him and bouncing him around. He then put HRH on the floor and waited for him to run away in fear. HRH's little legs were shaking with the effort of standing up and probably a healthy dose of sheer terror. He managed to slide one foot along the floor a few inches, then the other. I intervened and supported him and he managed something that didn't resemble walking, but he did manage to move forward.
The consultant turned to me and said "He can walk. There is nothing wrong with that child, he is choosing not to walk because he is autistic". I am still enraged at his attitude and treatment of HRH and finding it very hard to move on. Unfortunately this is the 'gentleman' we have to see when we return for our checkup. However, if HRH requires further treatment or tests we will be transferred to another consultant as his diagnosis is not an Ortho case, it is a Rheumatology case.
I am shocked that any adult in such a position would treat any child this way, never mind an autistic child. But to then use his autism as an excuse and use it against us..........well that takes a very 'special' person. I really want to swear so please note the massive sarcasm I have used in referring to this person.
Has anything like this ever happened to you and your child?