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, January 4, 2010

A New Year, a Fresh Start?

Caroline didn't go back to school today due to a nasty cold. I do hope that when she does return, those two girls will be considerably nicer. If the ugliness (bullying) continues, and nothing changes, then we will look for another school at the end of January, before the start of the spring semester. I really hope that we don't have to do that. That would be a major bummer.

Sunny and freezing cold here. I found out I accidentally paid Caroline's private school tuition twice at the end of December, and I can't get the bank or the finance service to reverse it. And then we found out that a new transmission for our minivan will cost $4000!!! This is not the right time to see over $4000 leave our accounts. I told Bill maybe I should get a part time (actually I meant to suggest a full time job), but he really doesn't want me working outside the home because of the myriad of doctor's appointment Caroline has, in combination with three others', and the fact that we never know if Caroline won't be able to handle school again, and need to be homeschooled, or whatever. Oh well. I see his point.

I need to think of more creative ways to bring in money out of the home. Thinking, thinking....

1 comment:

Cinda said...

Oh, yuck (technical term)! Isn't life messy? I am so sorry. Hang in there!! I also hope you don't have to find another school. Where are schools with positive school-wide behavior support?? Take care! I am finally catching up with my favorite blogs!