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Carers UK Forum • Hello!
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:39 am
by John Paphos
Hello, I'm new to Carer's UK, I care for my partner, who has multiple physical and mental health problems, most of the time he isn't seriously ill but in the New Year he's got to come off some medication and I'm basically trying to find some support networks to help me deal with a stressful and fearful experience for the both of us.

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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:30 pm
by Myrtle
Hi Joseph and welcome.

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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:18 pm
by india77
Hello Joseph and welcome Image

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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:21 pm
by phoebe
and a welcome from me too, hope christmas and new year isn't too stressful for you.
phoebe x

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:03 am
by John Paphos
Thank you to everyone who's welcomed me. Things are getting tough, my partner has started to drop the dosage of the medication in question (lithium) and he's getting quite unstable - he has rapid cycling bipolar so we're getting mania, depression and paranoia all hitting us in quick succession. Hospital admission has been moved forward to the 7th Jan to try and ease things up more quickly. Anyone else experienced lithium withdrawal and associated side-effects?

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:50 am
by no1mum
Hi and a warm welcome to the forum.

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:36 pm
by crocus
Hi Joseph, lithium withdrawal is probably not very common, so there may not be anyone else dealing with this. Do use this site as a sounding board or feel free to vent. We will be here to listen and support you.

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:13 pm
by bowlingbun
Sorry, my experience as a carer relates to elderly and those with learning difficulties, but I've had more experience of illness and hospitals that I'd like! I'd suggest that you plan for the admission, so that you can make sure that everything is organised and packed with the minimum of fuss. Don't forget tissues, wet wipes, and individual drinks cartons or bottles and plenty to read, if that's appropriate. I buy paperbacks in the charity shops before an admission, then give them back once they've been read. The lead up to admission is inevitably going to be very stressful, and you will be concerned about discharge too. Usually I suggest to the girls in your position that they have a facial, massage, or hair do as some "me" time when their caree is in hospital, to help unwind. Not sure what you blokes do in the same situation, perhaps a meal down the pub to save cooking? Our local garden centres do great food, but whatever you do, look after yourself properly while you are on your own. I don't know if there is a support group specially for the problems your partner will be going through, might be worth trawling the internet. Hope that helps.