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!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Let the Grousing Begin

Christmas is over, the presents unwrapped, the day cloudy, and all four of my kids are at each other's throats. Another week to go. At least Caroline is mostly behaving herself. Her older sister has no patience for anything, or anyone, right now. I am counting the days until school starts....

7 comments:

Susan M said...

I have an adhd 14-yr old and a bipolar+adhd+anxiety+possible aspergers 11 year old, both boys. I found your blog earlier this month while my 11-yr old was in the hospital for 5 days.

Back to your post - I've been singing this song:
http://specialchildren.about.com/od/needalaugh/ig/Special-Needs-Christmas-Carols/There-Goes-Routine.htm

Megan said...

Hi Susan M! I am so glad that you found my blog. How is your eleven year old doing now? Thanks for the funny link! We all need to laugh when things are so crazy!

Susan M said...

He's still not back to stable like he was before, but we're out of crisis mode. He grew 1.5 inches from August to October, and we weren't able to keep up on dosage changes. I'm still not sure if we're going to be able to keep him out of long-term RTC, but we've got a great team.

Our public school's special ed department is amazing. Our therapist says he works with over 30 school districts in Kansas and Nebraska and this is the best he's ever seen. I home-schooled originally, and we were able to do part-time at home, and part-time at school. This is his 2nd year full-time at school, and he was doing great up until mid-October.

We're starting him back slow after the hospital stay - an hour a day starting out, then increasing it slowly, and allowing him to do all his work in the resource room instead of facing the classroom.

Schedules are always off this time of year, of course, but ours was made even worse by the blizzard here in Kansas City Christmas Eve. My husband own a lawn service and also does snow removal, so we had to change our traditions this year and open presents on Christmas Eve. He was gone over 24 hours, including all of Christmas day.

But today's Monday, and we're going to get back to "normal" today. Whatever that is. :)

Megan said...

I am so glad that your son is doing better than before. I am not sure they are ever "normal." Our daughter is the most normal she has been but is always quirky. It is great that you have such a good team in place and a good school. Many of us don't have great school districts--I wish we did!

Corrie Howe said...

We've been breaking up our Christmas break the last few years with a trip to our timeshare in New Jersey. It helps a lot with the grousing.

Megan said...

Oh, we had vacation plans too, but they got messed up by our oldest coming down with mono. This would have been a good week to be somewhere else!

J-momma said...

i'm counting the days till school too. my son is a monster when he's bored.