Well, they discharged my mom from the hospital. I’m not sure if that’s good news or bad news at this point, since she’s still delusional half the time. But she is no longer combattive or agitated, so the doctor says she’s hypomanic now instead of manic, and at least the crisis is over.
However, that still doesn’t mean that my dad will be able to handle her at home, and that’s what has me concerned. With her still being in and out of reality, she is still capable of anything, and that means he will need to watch her 24/7, which will totally exhaust him (as well as his patience).
But supposedly she is sleeping through the night now and getting 8 hours of sleep a night, so that means that Dad will at least be able to sleep as well, which is much better than it was before Mom went into the hospital. He was just so tired from being up all night with her and the things she was doing.
She does seem a bit calmer now though. I hope this is a portent of things to come. She’s still talking constantly, though, which is a definite indication that she is still in the episode. And she is still not herself, still going in and out of reality. So she’s not out of the woods yet.
The best thing she has going for her is that she trusts my dad, her supporter, and she will listen to him. If you have bipolar disorder , that’s the best thing that you could have going for you as well. Because your supporter can see things that you can’t. For example, Mom believes that her episode is already over (when obviously it isn’t), but Dad can tell her that it isn’t and she will listen to him, because he sees things that she can’t.
I’m lucky I have that relationship with my husband. He is my supporter. And there was a time when I thought I was doing ok but was slipping into an episode and he caught it and convinced me to get help. Because of his swift action, I was able to get by with just an increase in medication and was better in 5 days! But first I had to trust him and believe that he wanted what was best for me. That’s the kind of relationship you need to have with your supporter.
If you don’t already have a supporter, you need to get one, as you need to have someone who will look out for you and watch you for signs and symptoms of an oncoming bipolar episode. If they can do that, you can usually avoid a full-blown episode and get by with just a temporary increase in medication like I did. Plus it’s just nice to have that extra support, someone who is encouraging and understanding.