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!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Medicine Mistakes

You would think I would have this down by now, making sure that Caroline is getting the right medicine and the right dose every time. But somehow I am still catching myself making mistakes! I realized this morning that her morning pill box was missing the one of the two lithium and the 100 mg of seroquel wasn't there at all! For the whole week! I filled the boxes on Saturday, so my guess is that I mistook the lithium pills for the 100 mg of Seroquel, which is the same round shape and size, and both look the same color in the box. So I put in one "Seroquel" in each morning box, and then thought I had put in the lithium because I saw the seroquel in there and thought it was the lithium. That means that for about two or three days she has had half of her morning lithium dose and no seroquel in the morning at all!!

No wonder she texted me from school today and begged me to pick her up because she couldn't stand the way everyone was treating her! Yes, she was getting picked on, but normally she can handle it. I did pick her up early when I put two and two together. I am not a detail person AT ALL so I should just let my husband fill the boxes. He is so particular that it takes him FOREVER to do any task because it has to be perfect and checked over several times. So now it is his job, and I will just stick to writing in my blog.....

1 comment:

Corrie Howe said...

Yep! There are somethings my husband does much better.