Quick, someone call Bletchley Park, I’ve only gone and cracked the code and managed to actually log in here! I’ve enjoyed my irregular forays to the Dark Side (ok, Mumsnet), but how I’ve missed the lived experiences and the incredibly generous sharing of the wealth of expertise and insights from all those who have trodden the path before me. Mumsnet is fun (especially as I am quite good at swearing!) but AUK forums are hardcore, and I’m not ashamed to get all misty-eyed and say I’ve missed them.
My ‘community’ name is different but I’m happy to PM anyone who thinks they may know me of old.
I’m a single adopter to two non-birth siblings, one of whom is about to turn 12, and the other is three. My elder daughter was placed with me as a baby and she has just been given an official diagnosis of neo-natal abstinence syndrome, written by a consultant specialist on 100% GENU-WINE NHS letterhead!). Honestly, I felt like I’d been handed an original copy of the Magna Carta when she gave me the letter that confirms to me that everything we’ve lived and experienced for the past 11 years can be explained by my child’s birth mother’s opiate use while pregnant.
Of course, every silver lining has a black cloud, and the formal diagnosis comes on the back of sudden and profound sight loss, to the extent that my ‘easy-to-place/no-needs’ baby is now registered blind. Remarkably, she passed the 11+ for a super-selective Grammar school and she is flourishing in the first term of her first year, where all her visual and associated needs are being met fully by a kick-ass pastoral team.
Just wondered if anyone else had been given a diagnosis of NAS, and, if so, what it meant for their child, family and relationships with professionals?