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, March 2, 2010

I Hate Winter Illnesses!

Ugh! Caroline has missed school yesterday and today because she has the norovirus. She got so dehydrated that Bill had to take her to the ER on Sunday to get fluids. With all of the throwing up and diarrhea, her body was definitely not getting all of the meds she normally metabolizes, and she became very snappy yesterday. I am hoping that this will be the last of the winter viruses for her, and all of us, so she can actually go to school for one entire week!


Fighting for my Children said...

I hope Caroline feels better soon.

Cinda said...

It is never easy, is it? Our girls can't just throw up and get over it. They get whipped by the BP as well. NOT fair I say. But then I know better. Take care of you and yours!!

Accidental Expert said...

I hope she's feeling better soon. I know what you mean. I have two home sick with me today and I think I'm coming down with it too.