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.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Off Topic: Playing the Coupon Game
Like many of you, I am trying to cut down on our monthly expenses, especially now that my husband isn't working. With four kids, two of whom eat like adults, our grocery budget had ballooned to over $1000 a month, including toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. I have used coupons forever, but not as intensely as the coupon queens out there who really know how to work the system. Recently I have embarked on the hunt for amazing deals, like getting free stuff, using the online coupon sites that match up the grocery store deals with the coupons and rebates. Now I am hooked. I LOVE finding free stuff or deals like toothpaste for a quarter! I am still learning the ropes and I hope that in time I really can cut our grocery bill in half like many have done using this method. My binder is growing every day using those baseball card clear pocket holders. What a great idea!
Posted by Megan at 10:09 PM