I work in a busy medical office, Neurology to be specific. For the past few months I’ve had to leave the office late due to the change in computer program. Every night before I leave I look over the waiting room to make sure no one was left behind. About two weeks ago as I was making my rounds I noticed six people still waiting. One of the doctors was running extremely late so instead of leaving I stayed for a little chat with the patients.
There was an elderly lady waiting to be seen with her son, daughter-in-law and caregiver. There was also a young boy about 13 years old watching his little brother Adam, 2 years old while his mother was with the doctor. As I chatted with the couple the little boy was walking around touching everything but not talking. This little boy was beyond cute. Big for a two year old. His older brother was two steps behind him the entire time. As I’m having a conversation the couple little boy comes up to me and lifts his hands up and smiles. I took this as he wanted to be held, so I carried him and asked him how he was doing. I told him how handsome and big he was and he smiled at me. He squirmed a few minutes later so I put him back down. 20 minutes later I leave the office and head home not thinking twice about the incident.
Today the daughter-in-law, who just to happens to be a pharmaceutical representative who comes to my office regularly, tell me what happened after I left that evening. The mother of the child come out of the doctor’s office and her older son told her what the little boy did. That he reached up for me to carry him and how he smiled while I spoke to him. And the mother began to cry. The woman (Rep) asked the mother why she was crying and she said, you see my son is autistic and he’s never done that before.
I was having a horrible day and when she told me this story it truly made my day! It’s an awesome feeling to be able to make such a small difference in someone’s life especially a child.
If you walk into a room full of adults everyone tries to avoid looking anyone in the eye. But if there’s a baby or small child, someone always looks at them, comments about them even asks questions about them. Children have a way of bringing out the best in people and I was fortunate enough to have met and shared this precious moment with little Adam.
- What Are The The Symptoms Of Autism? (lkscalesautismblog.wordpress.com)
- Environment, Vaccines, and Autism – What Do We Really Know? (letstalkautism.wordpress.com)