About our Daughter

I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 17, 19, 21, and 23, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running (finished her first marathon in October of 2014!), and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.

How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?

I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.
Never change, start or stop a medication without the approval of your child's physician!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Please don't do this

Right now we are dealing with a very difficult situation with my in-laws where basically both are incapacitated, one quite recently and without warning,  and their will was not in order so my husband and his sister are scrambling to try to get power of attorney so that the state doesn't take most of their assets and medicare stops paying for nursing home care. This means my husband has had to be away a lot recently trying to care for his dad, the financial problem, etc. while I am trying to hold down the fort with a bipolar child and three others.  Right now, I am really stressed.  Let's all remember TAKE CARE OF THINGS EARLY so our children aren't left holding the bag.  Life is short, and sometimes the end takes us by surprise.

1 comment:

domandkat said...

Good thought! Have seen this numerous times. But, is it possible to go ahead and do this now when my oldest is not yet 9, but at least I'm in my right (well, as right as it's ever gonna be) mind? I don't think that's legal, yet I wouldn't have to worry about it later...