Every now and then I peruse the web looking for any new info about Dean’s chromosome disorder (15q13.3 microduplication syndrome…he has an extra piece of genetic material on chromosome 15 which he inherited from me. Yay good parenting, giving your kid a disorder!).
This article came up, it was released in December 2013. Unique is one of two major worldwide organizations that tracks all things genetics. They’re like the CIA of chromosome disorders.
I found a few things interesting. Our geneticist had said that seizures weren’t common for this disorder, but it looks like they are (I think we’re lucky in that it hasn’t happened…yet…to my son). Feeding and sleep disturbances I already knew about, but there’s a small section about frustration and anxiety being an issue with individuals who have this.
I can’t tell you how frustrated my son gets with things. I mean, abnormally so. Most kids if they drop something or fail, they just pick it back up and keep going. Not my son. If he stumbles at doing anything, he immediately yells and cries that he can’t do it. This morning I opened the front door slightly for him and told him to open the door, after barely giving any pull he started crying that he couldn’t do it. It’s like that all. the. time.
Another interesting thing is that this actual disorder wasn’t discovered until 2009, my son was born in 2010. If we had kids say, 5 years ago, would my son just have had a diagnosis of autism and that would be it?
Science is the shiz.