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O those horrible forms! Are you getting any support to fill it in? I had help from an advisor at the Carers' Centre but it still took me six weeks to get lowest rate for my son, and sadly I think he'll lose it when Universal Credit comes in. Best advice I had was always to describe his 'worst case' ...
Wow Stephanie, that sounds great! You say this person is a volunteer? As in, unpaid? I had a chat to my son's CPN the other day. He is a nice guy and one of the younger generation of health professionals who don't particularly subscribe to the medical model of treatment, but so far he hasn't attende...
Hi Catherine As my mum grew less mobile and stopped driving she began to say things like 'put me in a home' but when I found an excellent place for her in a retirement village a few miles away from me she refused it and opted to buy a sheltered apartment (the third one she's had) which is practicall...
Trigpoint this is so awful for you. I have no experience with the 'manic' phase - it's not something my son does. I do believe though that the whole episode, the divorce and everything, is a construct of the illness and not your 'real' husband. My son says terrible things to and about people when he...
Welcome Tara and I'm glad you've come to the forum. I would say emphatically you have no need to feel guilty and you are not weak. You are reacting as any normal person would to an abnormally difficult situation, is all. I do agree with bowlingbun that you should focus on what you yourself want, how...
Thankyou everyone for your replies. It feels so much better knowing that others have had experience of parents/selves tripping and falling but managed to cope, and even find humour in their situation. It's so easy to agonise about things in isolation. Catherine, OTs helped my son coming out of hospi...
Called in to see Mum today and was horrified to find her head was plastered with dried blood and a large purple bruise forming on one temple. :shock: She'd tripped shuffling around last night and hit her head against the sharp bit of the door latch. Me: why didn't you call me? Mum: well, it was dark...
Hi Anon and welcome I see no-one has replied to your post yet so I'll start the ball rolling. I don't have experience of a partner with alcoholism but I have been around recovery groups for relatives of alcoholics. The generally held view seems to be not to enable the alcoholic in drinking or protec...
Hi Henrietta I do sympathise - it was such a lovely day yesterday that I took time off from whizzing to the hospital to see my son and drove Mum to a little tea-room I found. Well! The room was too dark, the heating wasn't on, the menu wasn't varied enough, the daffodils were past their best (ok, I'...
Thankyou for your supportive replies MumWhoCares, Stephanie and Trigpoint. When he was first diagnosed my son quite willingly took Olanzapine, but it was so sedating he lived like a zombie. He was changed to Quetiapine which made him feel awful so he stopped taking it and that was really when things...