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!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Car Accident!

This time it was my own kid, our oldest daughter, in her first fender bender, which, fortunately, resulted in very little damage to her new car.  The other driver was on a motorcycle (!), and was not injured and her bike wasn't damaged really either.  Just a big scare and a ticket for failure to yield for our daughter.  Bummer!  She was trying to cross a very busy road at rush hour without a traffic light to aid her, and even though the traffic on her side of the road had stopped to let her cross, as she pulled out she didn't see the motorcyclist.  This could have been very bad indeed, but thank God it wasn't!  She is shaken up and very upset about getting a ticket one month after getting her license, but the police officer was very gracious to her and encouraging that this wasn't the end of the world.  We have to go to court now, but we will take her grades with us to show that she is a great kid, taking four AP classes right now, and not a "problem" kid or anything.  We are just thankful that this wasn't the very serious accident it could have been!  Just another day in life of our family.  Sigh!


Mama Bear said...

Oh you poor thing! I’m glad it wasn't serious. That happened to me when I was a new driver, it made me a better driver.

asplashofsunshine said...

Ohhhh, I totally feel her pain! I got in a car accident 3 weeks after getting my license. Same scenario... traffic let me go, unfortunately a man in a big hurry to see his dying mother sped by and I t-boned his car. Nobody was hurt, although I did total his car ( I was only going about 2 mi/hr). He actually told the police to ticket him since he should not have sped by, but I was turning left, so technically I was at fault. He could have nailed me to the wall. Enough about me....

So glad everyone is ok, and the vehicles too. It is a scary thing, especially considering the situation with your nephew. Breathe!!!

Mel~ @ Lifestwistedstitches.com said...

Oh My, I am so glad that this was NOT another tragedy for you all! AMEN.

I'm stopping by to let you know that I have selected you for a blogger award Meagan. You can find my post about it here: http://www.lifestwistedstitches.com/2011/04/party-time-xs-two.html
Just copy and paste and such if you are interested in accepting it. You sure deserve it!

Miz Kizzle said...

Sorry to hear about your DD's accident. It's good it wasn't serious.
You really should have an attorney with you when you go to municipal court. Although the cop was nice to her and she has good grades, the final say as to what happens rests with the prosecutor. Rather than taking a chance it's better to have representation.
Good luck.