Earlier this week I decided to be brave. I actually plucked up the courage and rang the autism assessment centre that I’ve been referred to. I wanted primarily to make sure that I hadn’t somehow dropped off the waiting list, it would be a massive kick in the teeth to learn that all this time I’ve been patiently waiting some computer error had occurred and I’d been dropped from the records or something. I also wanted to know roughly how much longer I can expect to wait.
Well the good news is that I’m still on the waiting list, so that worry was unfounded. But the not so good news, it will still be months yet before I speak to someone, I don’t know how many but when she said “Hopefully it won’t be another year,” that made me think that it could well be. She said something about them currently being on August, but I can’t figure out what that means.
So, it’s not going to happen any time soon, that’s all I know. They’re clearly inundated which is quite interesting in itself, my theory is that there are many out there in exactly the same boat as me, parents with kids who’ve been diagnosed suddenly realising; “Wait a minute, but I do those things too!” I’m starting to feel like a cliche!
She did say if I felt I needed to be seen more urgently I could go back to my GP but I don’t think that’s necessary. It is a stupidly long time to wait but it is what it is. I’ll just keep waiting.