Sort of. I am working out of a kitchen and home office that has had everything moved out of it in order for the hardwood floors that were damaged from the roof leak to be refinished. The floors look great but I haven't been able to cook in over a week. Hopefully we can move everything back in this coming week and we can get back to normal.
Much has transpired in the last two weeks: my fifth grader graduated from her elementary school, Elizabeth graduated from high school and we had a hundred people over for a big cook out, one of our dogs got sick with cancer and we had to put him to sleep, my kitchen got repaired and we spent a week eating out ($$$!!) while workers traipsed in and out of the house. Bill and I are pretty tired. Today is our 19th anniversary and we hope to go out to dinner tonight and just enjoy each other.
I learned this morning that Caroline was ACCEPTED into the university model private school. Yay! I was really thinking the answer was no after two weeks had gone by and we had not heard from them. Mae our rising sixth grader will also go to this school, which leaves just Jane for me to homeschool next year. I am relieved, yet, as always, filled with new anxiety over trying yet another school for Caroline. And how we are going to pay for it is a concern as Bills job is up again at the end of July. He had another MRI last week, for which we are still awaiting results, to determine if his benign brain tumor has grown since November, which would determine the next step of his treatment and whether he needs to pursue more Active duty with the Navy after this assignment is over July 30th. So complicated!! I will be glad to an end to this craziness.
Jane's end of the year standardized testing for homeschooling took place this past week and she passed with amazing scores, post college on most of it, and she is only going into the 8th grade! Hats off to her since she basically homeschooled herself this year. Caroline has her testing this week so we are praying for good scores as well that we will then submit to the state for approval. She is being tutored in math all summer which has already begun and that will help I am sure.
I will be glad when all will be set for next year after I sign the contract with the school on Thursday. This has been a truly long year of school for Caroline, trying to get her finished up. She was still finishing final exams last week for her homeschool co op classes.
We never started Saphris in place of Seroquel. I chickened out on the med change before Elizabeth's end of the year events surrounding her graduation and honestly Caroline is holding steady at 700mg of the ER Seroquel, so we may not switch all this summer if we don't see the need. Our favorite CNP at the psychiatrist's office has switched to another practice and we are SO bummed, she was amazing, always called us back the same day, and really, really cared about Caroline and our family. We may follow her to another psychiatrist. When you find someone like that, you stick with them!!
I will attempt to answer all the reader questions from the last few weeks tomorrow, after I clean out the fridge, from which is emanating a very foul odor! Too many weeks have gone by and too many containers are begging to be thrown out!
Lacrosse camps are in full swing the next few weeks, and then we are going to be looking for stuff for Caroline to do. Maybe volunteering at the SPCA again would be a good idea. A bored bp kid is never a good thing, ever! And maybe she will get back into reading some good novels.
Thank you for your patience! You are important to me, my bloggy friends! I have missed you!!
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.