Post Edited (curdistal) : 6/20/2010 9:02:44 PM (GMT-6)
First welcome, this is a great board to ask questions, vent, or just to cry. The people here well and truley understand who you are and what you are going thru.
It may help you to approach this as you would the grieving process. You are grieving for your old life that is now gone, and learning to live with a new life that has a big scary monster in it. BP
That said, it isnt the end of the world. Sun Zue said in the Art of War "Know your enemy and know yourself and you will allways be victorious" In this case the enemy is BP, and boy is he a hand full. It will take time to learn what it can do and what it can't do. Soon enough before you realize it you will find acceptance, and through acceptance we can find peace.
And your right, most people have a negative view of BP or any mental disorder. We arnt allowed to wear Pink Shirts so the world can know that we suffer from some desease. Nope we get to suffer in silence. And yes, that sucks big time. I'm glad you have a supportive husband, he will be a great help in helping you get a handle on this puppy. However understand that he is human, and there will be days that you will have to rely on others other than him to get you thru a day. Thats why places like this are so good for people like us.
Ok, i've blabbed on long enough. Keep reading and posting. And dont be afraind of posting about something that has allready been posted about. We understand this is all new to you and you will have lots of questions, and we are here to answer them.
Welcome to HW We are glad you are here.
This is a great place for information and most importantly support. We are all here for each other and in times where we feel alone, we can take comfort to come here and vent or ask for help; HW has helped me with this illness more than I can put into words.
I know when the diagnosis comes it is overwhelming for sure. I believe that knowledge is power; so when I was diagnosed, I went to the bookstore (which is my favourite place anyway) and bought some books and they really comforted me knowing that this illness is tough, but manageable on some levels. HW has a resource directory (at the top of the page) and it is helpful too. And asking questions here helps a lot.
The meds will take some time, but hopefully this first combination is a success for you. Lean on the professional support around you and it is really good to hear that your husband is by your side. I agree with Bill that some days your partner may struggle with this, but if for the most part he is supportive and nurturing, then you are already a step ahead of most and very lucky.
Take special care, take things slow and things will settle for you.