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Sensory Particularity?

Hi!

So, am “professionally” diagnosed with Autism and I am self diagnosed with ARFID. After reading some very encouraging words on Autistic Kitten and other blogs about getting professionally diagnosed with Autism I took the advice given (going to my Dr. with a list of symptoms and advocating firmly for myself).

It did not start well. My Dr had to take out the DSM V as he had never heard of it. He fixated on the part that talks about “substantial weight loss” and “failure to meet energy needs” (I am very big, I can generally only eat high calorie foods).

But I did not give up, I changed tactics. Instead of trying to convince him I had ARFID I started talking about other related symptoms and what I hoped the diagnosis would lead to. I made it clear that I am suffering and that I need help,

At one point I described it as a sensory issue and something in his head clicked. (I should note now that I live in Québec, Canada a place where French is the predominant language) He told me something about me having “Particularité Sensorielle” and that there are occupational therapists (not nutritionists like I expected) who specialize in helping people with autism (mostly children unfortunately for me) cope with this exact kind of issue.

So, the result is I got a piece of paper saying that I need help from an occupational therapist for my food related sensory issues due to a “Particularité Sensorielle”. This is not exactly what I was going for but it is certainly a positive outcome.

Interesting note: there seems to be no exact English equivalent for “Particularité Sensorielle” (direct translation “Sensory Particularity”).

What I learnt and want to share with other kittens is the following:

I learnt not to give up, to try every strategy I can think of, that an unexpected outcome can still be positive and finally that language and standards for helping people with these kinds of problems can vary by region.

These are the quality conversations I have with my best friend
  • Me:Wait. You're up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday ... voluntarily? Was there a blood-letting? Did you leave a trail of murder in your wake?
  • frommybookbook:Well, dad's kitten did jump on my face...
  • Me:THERE WERE KITTENS WHY HAVEN'T YOU SENT ME A PICTURE OF A KITTEN WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU YOU'RE A MONSTER
  • frommybookbook:He's lightening fast, I couldn't!
  • Me:YOU HAVE A LITERAL DEGREE IN PHOTOGRAPHY
  • frommybookbook:I failed intro to kittens.