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!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

She is Sick and Drugged for Goodness Sake!

Had a problem with the family that was sort of sharing a room with Caroline, divided by two curtains.  Their little girl also had a kidney infection but was not as sick as Caroline.  In fact, she was downright bouncy and very loud.  They were keeping her there to do tests since she apparently gets these infections frequently.  Caroline, being in tremendous pain the other night, biting her lip until it bled, used some colorful language before the morphine kicked in.  Remember what labor was like?  Yes, pretty hard to be civil when you feel like you are dying.  Well, they were upset that a few cuss words came out of her mouth.  Sorry, my daughter isn't in full control of her emotions right now.  You wouldn't have been either.

But after that they were just downright rude to us.  Today, the grandmother stuck her head past the curtain to chew me out that Caroline had left the bathroom a bit untidy.  I didn't know she hadn't cleaned up after herself but give me a break, she is nearly comatose!  I was floored as this lady continued to rant.  Well, I guess my very sick child isn't as perfect as your sick child.  They left this afternoon and I am relieved to say the least!  Caroline was having a hard time with the party going on next door.

Anyway, they did have to reduce her Lithium to introduce the Toredol, so we shall see how it goes.  I am tired of the hospital and the food. We haven't seen if the new antibiotics are working or not.  I think we are waiting on the last lab culture.  We have a lot going on this weekend, but I guess we will all adjust if she isn't home yet.

1 comment:

scstroup said...

My son would have some colorful words for that grandmother.