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, August 21, 2012

Doing Better

Well, Day 3 of high school went much better for Caroline.  She had no problems finding her classes and went to the right lunch period.  Whew!  She loves PE, which most kids hate, like I did.  I guess she was the fastest girl running the mile, the second fastest behind a boy.  Yep, she definitely excels in athletics.

The school district scheduled the back to school night for her high school and for my middle schooler on the same nights at the same time which is completely idiotic.  I complained to both schools and to the district.  How do they expect parents to be able to be in two places at the same time?  And I have two kids at the high school, so I can only meet the teachers of one of them.  Not happy.  I will have to go to meet Caroline's teachers since she is likely to need the most interface between school and home.  But my other two will feel shortchanged.

Still need to call the school about the IEP.  That is on my list today

1 comment:

Smilen Champ said...

Hi Megan,
I hope this is your page, I can't remember though. This is Jenna and I haven't heard from you in awhile. Have you been getting my updates on caringbridge. All of sudden people stop getting them and I don't know why.
I have been updating though. You can try this page too. http://www.miraclechamp.webs.com email: fighterchamp9@aol.com