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!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Automatic Pill Dispenser a Go!

We are loving the automatic pill dispenser we ordered off of Amazon.  The product is by Med-E-Lert and was $79.00.  So far it works great, only dispensing the right pills at the right time, signaled by a buzzer that doesn't go off until the pills are taken out.  Why we didn't try to find something like this years ago, I don't know, but we didn't know they existed until recently.  Technology certainly makes our lives easier, most of the time.


Chynna said...

Very cool, Megan! So happy to hear that this is working for you guys. There are things that make living in these modern times SO MUCH easier. =) I'm glad there are people out there who can come up with these wonderful tools.


Anna said...

Hi Megan,

I am glad the dispenser is working out for you.

I think that the foundation of faith laid out in your family can only help your daughter.

Take care,