I am back in full-swing today with homeschooling our third youngest, Jane, who was sick all last week as well as was Caroline and Mae. Elizabeth went back to school for a half day today. Hopefully the mono symptoms will improve with going back for only half-days for a while. She is freaked out about her grades and failing classes automatically due to too many missed days. The school district here is draconian about missed classes at the high school level. If you miss seven of any one class you fail it unless an attendance appeal is approved, and the appeals process happens twice a year. Doctor notes are the only excuses allowed, no notes from Mom and Dad. I understand their push to eliminate skipping school, but when your child has a long-term illness, it is a pain in the butt.
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.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Giving Intuniv in Two Daily Doses
I just wanted to share with the other parents out there who now have their child on the ADHD med Intuniv that we decided to divide up the 4mg dose into two doses, one before school, and one at bedtime, to spread out the benefits over the whole day. The doc said that it lasts 24 hours, but we are not so sure that is the case. We have seen better results with Mae in terms of more consistent calmness and focus with the divided dose.
Posted by Megan at 10:57 AM