Nothering, Too Good, or Good Enough Mother?

Feminine Collective published Good Enough Mothering, a poem of mine about mothering a migraineur. Check it out: femininecollective.com/good-enough-mother/

2016-10-16T16:02:03+00:00October 16th, 2016|Categories: Caregiving, Migraine, Motherhood, Parenting, Self care|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Happy Anniversary to KittOMalley.com

I've been blogging for three years! Yay! Hope to do more writing. Hands full this week caring for my son.  He's going through a rough patch. His migraine medication (anti-seizure medication topiramate aka [...]

2016-09-27T22:49:21+00:00September 27th, 2016|Categories: Blogging, Medication Side Effects, Migraine, Parenting, Writing|Tags: |47 Comments

Writing on a Plane

Travel Journal from Las Vegas to Portland On my way, our way, to Oregon to visit family. Tonight driving out to the coast to stay at the Adobe. Tomorrow Jennifer is visiting from [...]

Catharsis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s31OdVbkV6o Ok, so, um, I've always sort of put myself out there. Way before I ever had therapy or was interested in psychology. It just is my temperament. And, not only is it [...]

I Was a Workaholic Mother

My son & I. Now he's fifteen. Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. featured me in her HuffPost Women blog article, Living With Bipolar Disorder as a Mother and Workaholic. Her article quotes my wordy answers to her interview [...]

Heavy Heart

Now that I filed taxes and got my parents settled in to their memory care community, I'm able to take a breathe and feel the weight of caregiving on me, on my now [...]

#Bipolar Disorder and #Motherhood

My Response to Natasha Tracy’s post, Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy: Bipolar Taking Away Choice I didn’t know I had bipolar disorder when I chose to become a mother. I was diagnosed with dysthymia [...]

I Said "No!"

   My mother's speech therapist (a great guy and excellent speech therapist) called me today so that I could participate in her speech therapy. Friday, when I first met with him and my [...]

Freaking Out

Once again I accidentally skipped a medication dose. Thursday evening I forgot to take my divalproex (used to treat seizures, migraines and bipolar disorder), making me less stable, more irritable, short-tempered with my [...]

Online High School

My son struggles with multiple health issues: migraines, cyclic vomiting, weak immune system, allergies, eczema, depression, and anxiety. The newly defined spectrum syndrome ALPIM (Anxiety-Laxity-Pain-Immune-Mood) describes his constellation of symptoms, but does not [...]