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, November 23, 2010

Off Topic: Bed Bug Registry for Hotels

I don't know about you, but I am quite concerned about the increasing infestations of bed bugs being reported around the country.  The thought of bringing those things into our house in our suitcases is appalling.  The last thing we need on top of everything else is a very expensive treatment (I think $5000 to $8000) to cook all the bugs in our house.  So I found a registry where you can look up any hotel around the country to see if guests have reported bed bugs.  I used this to book our hotels for Thanksgiving and found that all of the hotels we had stayed at previously had bed bug reports, some very bad.  So I found a hotel that is brand new and has no bed bug reports.  Just thought I would pass this on!  The link is www.bedbugregistry.com.  Of course, we might still encounter these horrid pests, but at least we tried hard to avoid them!

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