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General Discussion / Re: non-medicated bipolar and marriage
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:58:44 pm »
Hi mmarynuk,

Glad you found this forum. You are not a failure.
If you are unable to afford medication you can apply to trillium. They will pay you a certain amount for your drugs and pay the rest. They base the amount you have to pay on what you earn and your husband together. Their is information about this on the internet. I applied a long time ago and I can't remember too well the details.
Probably other members on the forum would know more than me.
I admit it was tough for my husband to live me with my mental illness. He always supported me. He could empathize with me but didn't really know what I was going through.
There is information on how a spouse can try to cope and understand mental illness.
Welcomel to you mmarynuk. We are a very friendly, caring, non-judgmental group. We try to help each other out. What you write is very important to you. You relating your situation could help one of us.

Thinking of you.


General Discussion / Worried about my son and his drinking alcohol
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:40:42 pm »
My son likes to drink alcohol. I believe he drinks a few beers most nights due to stress. On quite a few weekends now he drinks until he throws up or doesn't even remember what he did the next day.
I believe he probably suffers from bipolar like me. I would say he is trying to self-medicate himself. I have told him he could possibly be suffering from bipolar like me. He says he is not at all like me. He tells me that he will never be on the amount of pills that I am on. I think my son is scared. He has seen how I get when I am sick from being mentally ill.
What worries me is his children. They know how alcohol affects their Dad when he drinks. Should I tell the kids he can die from drinking too much? The kids already tell him that he will die if he keeps smoking. Will the kids follow by example and drink too much? My son, his wife and the wife's family all drink too much and often.
A worried Mother.

General Discussion / Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:06:26 pm »
I am thinking of you JennyRN70. Hope you are having a better day today.


General Discussion / Re: Brain transplant or adjustment?
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:02:44 pm »
I think of something I need to do. In the next few seconds that thought is gone.
I make lists of things I need to do and then lose my lists.
I am very mixed up with the days of the week and dates of appointments. I usually write all my dates on my calendar.
I thought this forgetfulness was only me. My older siblings and friends all say they have the same memory lose.
Peter it is probably nothing to worry about. I am turning 64 in December.
I seem to retain long term memories better than short term ones.


General Discussion / Thanksgiving is not always fun
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:54:06 am »
Hi everyone,

I am afraid I am going to do some ranting here.
The bright spot of my camping Thanksgiving weekend was my grandchildren & my two daughters.
I have a camping spot with my 2 daughters. My son, daughter-in-law and my 2 grandkids another site and my dauther-in-law's parents have a separate site. They bring their son and girlfrend and 2 dogs a mastif and beagle puppy.
All of us have a campfire at night together. Everyone gets drunk except for me (on too many drugs) and my 2 daughters who only drink a few wine coolers. These drunk people stagger around, become rude, loud, sometimes throwup. My son is one of these drunk people.
His kids already drink their juice and then pretend they are throwing up. A very bad example is being set for them.
Sunday we all have turkey dinner together. I don't enjoy this.
Saturday they have Halloween in the park and the kids get dressed up in their costumes and go around. Most campers decorate their sites for Halloween. That is another fun part of the evening. The owner of the mastif has the dog on a chain. The dog goes nuts with all the kids in costumes and masks. The owner says he won't bite anyone. I think he will the way he growls and carries on. He is protecting his territory.
My daughter-in-law's brother makes his money by doing something very illegal.
 I am probably bullying him. I call him a wuss and a baby. His mother and live in girl friend do everything for him. He is 30 yrs. old. They cook for him, do laundry. His Mom always cut up his food into his twenties. He demands that one of the women make a sandwich for him at night. His mother or sister usually cave in and make him one. He asked me and I said you are asking the wrong person.
I was in tears yesterday and this morning about the weekend. I called Halton Coast. The lady listened to me. She informed me this was a crisis line. More for people that were suicidal, etc. She gave me three numbers for distress lines. I have tried them in the past. They are always busy. I know where she was coming from about it being a crisis line and I may be blocking out someone's call who needed help now. When she told me this I said why should I bother phoning then.
I believe my son might be self medicating himself with alchol and cigarettes because he suffers from bipolar like me. He denies it.
I phoned the crisis line. I didn't want to burden my kids with my problems.
I will see my caseworker tomorow. I just had to talk to someone. In the past I talked to my husband.
I apologize for being so long winded.
This forum helps so much by being able to rant and rave.
Thanks to anyone for reading this.


Hi everyone,

I had a very good and long marriage. Early on in the marriage I was diagnosed with bipolar II. I put my husband through some very difficult times. I felt very bad for that. He stuck with me, supported, cared, loved and helped me. He was a wonderful man and my best friend.

Now I am not writing this to get pity. My husband passed away three years ago from cancer. I will never stop grieving for him. I miss him so much. I have my wonderful memories of the time spent with him.

I am doing alright. I have my children to support me. I have two grandchildren who I love dearly. They are all part of my husband.


General Discussion / Re: Community Dinner at my church
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:34:34 am »
How is the family doing Paul?

Dragonfly  :)

General Discussion / Re: Schedules
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:33:09 am »
Welcome NeitherHereNotThere,

You are very humerous. I enjoy that.
You make some very good points.
My problem with lists is that I make them and than forget where I put the list.

Dragonfly  :-*

General Discussion / Thanksgiving
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:07:34 am »
Hi everyone,

Can you put into one sentence what is most important to you to thank for?

Mine is my loving family!

Dragonfly   :-*

General Discussion / Re: W5 tonight "suicide watch"
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:25:20 pm »
Hi everyone,

I too hated it when I was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts.There was nothing there to motivate you. I did not watch the program.
If you went for a weekend away some nurses would check your bags for instruments or other things that could harm myself or someone else and others wouldn't.

I was furious at a psychologist in one hospital. He asked me for a meeting with him. He did it in a very rude way. He put words in my mouth. He said other things that weren't called for. I said it was not acceptable. I ranted and raved about him in the hallway. A nurse came to calm me down. She said I would probably meet with him later. I said no way. I stayed out of his way. Another patient came up to me and said to me he got to you to, eh. The psychologist locked him up in isolation when he didn't cooperate. I was afraid that he might do the same to me. What would my word be against his.

I must admit I had some very good nurses in the hopitals I was in. They really cared.

I can see where some people would be able to commit suicide in a hospital.

One hospital I was in had the doors to the ward wide open most of the day. Anyone suicidal could easily walk out and do themselves harm.

I always had the impression that the patients were drugged so they wouldn't cause trouble. That was probably paranoia on my part.


General Discussion / Re: Community Dinner at my church
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:05:39 pm »
Hi JennyRN70,

Sounds really good. Unfortunately I don't live out your way.


General Discussion / Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:33:06 pm »
Good thing that your pdoc is only changing one thing at a time. With only one change you can see how you feel. With more than one change it is hard to see which drug may be effecting you.

I have had a previous pdoc change more than one drug at a time. It did not work well for me.

Wishing the best for you.

Dragonfly  :-*

General Discussion / Re: Away
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:10:37 pm »
Congratulations Paul and your wife on the birth of your first grandchild. Was it a boy or a girl?

Being a grandparent is the most wonderful thing. I am sure that you and your wife will enjoy it.


General Discussion / Re: sorry for not being around much
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:06:55 pm »
Glad to hear from you LuckLou. Hope your move goes smoothly. Have missed you.


General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:43:17 pm »
I agree with you Peace. I don't like this spam either.

I have reported this to Paul before.


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