My mother in law passed away last week and the funeral was Monday. She was a wonderful lady who had such a gift of hospitality. My husband will miss her dearly as will we. Alzheimer's took her memory, but not her cheerful personality.
Caroline has an uphill climb ahead of her academically until June and thus so do I since I am her teacher. I wish I could just have the hours from 8 to 3 to give her my undivided attention. Life kind of gets in the way of that with two other kids to manage as well. Jane kind of homeschools herself with a little help from me, but Caroline needs a lot more direction, and Mae also needs constant reminders to stay on task. Distractions are the worst, a phone call, a doctor's appointment. I try not to answer the phone during the school day and I am trying to make all doctor appointments after three in the afternoon, but so often with the specialists, they tell you when they can see you. But I want to make this work, I really do. I ordered some more curriculum supplies and I am ready for this second semester. I hope she is too!
No job yet. I am trying not to panic, but at night, in the middle of the night, sometimes I jerk awake. Anxiety makes a poor bedfellow. I find myself repeating certain verses to myself over and over again, like a mantra of sorts, focusing my attention on God and away from the situation.
I have the most amazing husband. I want the world to know how amazing he is. I want to see him relaxed again, laughing, smiling. Soon.
About our Daughter
I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 13, 15, 17 and 19, 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. She is in the very challenging teen years, and she is attempting a big public high school for the first time. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running, 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.