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, December 14, 2010

This is Getting Really Old

That would be unemployment.  I am feeling very discouraged today about the prospect of going into January with still no paycheck.  Fear accompanies discouragement.  Will we be able to pay our mortgage?  Will we be able to pay the electric bill?  Should I pull my homeschoolers out of their supplementary classes?  I just wish the Navy would hurry up and decide to put my husband on Active Duty or not.  He has had several recent job offers that he can't accept because we have to wait on the Navy's decision.  This really stinks.  Unemployment is the Grinch that wants to steal Christmas.  I am focusing on necessities in buying my kids gifts, not all of the wants.  I don't care if I don't receive gifts, and my husband doesn't either, I just want my kids to not be bummed out on Christmas morning.  I hate that his lack of a paycheck affects them and what we can and cannot do.  So we cut out the frivolities and focus on the important.  I can only deal with this one day, right in front of me, as Jesus said, "Don't worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34


Anna said...

One day at a time.

Accidental Expert said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. We are in the same boat right now and it is really hard. I'll be praying that you get some relief soon. In the meantime, hang in there!