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!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Off Topic: A Cure for Eczema and Psoriasis?

Caroline has suffered from both severe eczema and psoriasis for the last several years, mainly affecting her scalp.  We took her to the dermatologist several times and got prescription creams, gels, shampoos but nothing would solve the problem.  If she missed one application of anything, the inflammation would come right back in a day.  A few weeks ago, I introduced a Hair/Skin and Nails supplement, thinking it might help her acne.  Well, it hasn't had any effect on her acne, but her eczema and psoriasis have disappeared completely!  This supplement, found at most drugstores, contains high levels of B vitamins as well as Biotin and other things not found in a daily vitamin.  Whatever it is, one or more of the ingredients has had the dramatic effect of healing her skin.  Just passing this along to anyone who might be interested.


Summer said...

Thank God I just vented in the Jete store about my daughter's SPD!!! Your advice was great and I'm thrilled to read your blog. I have a daughter with sever eczema and I make (from scratch) soap and creams for her. Nothing the doctors ever gave us helped, but she is now free of eczema. I want to give you the gift of some soap and cream so I'll drop them by to you. Blessings, Summer

Megan said...

Thanks Summer! I am glad you spoke up, and I hope that you will find others through my blog who can be an encouragement to you as well! I would love to try the soap and creams you have made. Isn't it amazing how sometimes the simpler remedies are better than the docs? Not always, but sometimes for sure.

domandkat said...

For acne my nephew and another friend too have had great success with Pro-Active! Seems like you can get it everywhere these days and will be my program of choice when Em starts having those issues.

Miss you!