Caroline came home today, much better, chipper, and wanting to play football. No, you can't play football. I am feeling anxiety about her being home again as she always introduces an irritable spirit into the mix. We still don't know what we are doing for Thanksgiving. Our plan was to travel up to see family, but we are trying to figure out the sleeping arrangements. We usually get two hotel rooms for the six of us, but money is very tight right now, so we are trying to figure out a more frugal set-up. We WILL be taking two cars on the drive: one car for my husband and Caroline, the other for me and the other three girls. We learned the hard way a few years ago that it is better to spend the extra gas money than to risk permanent damage to sibling relationships. Sad, but necessary. If I could get her her own hotel room I would, with a parent of course.
After a great weekend celebrating Jane's 13th birthday, I am feeling the letdown. Back to the daily grind. Bill's sister was here to help and she was amazing. I am grateful that she could help us manage the weekend. Now Monday looms and I am not looking forward to it. Blah!
Christmas decorations are up in every store, and the sale ads are putting the pressure on the American public. I feel like my hands are tied right now. No big shopping sprees here. I bought a few small Christmas gifts, but honestly, there isn't money for much more. I guess we will deal with that after Thanksgiving. It is hard when the kids give me their Christmas lists and I have to tell them that they may get just one thing on their lists this year. I hate the commercialism of Christmas anyway. I look forward to the day when we can maybe skip giving presents altogether and instead focus on the true meaning of this holiday, and on giving to others outside of ourselves.
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.