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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
well today my soon to be mother in law went to visit my fiance' in the hospital. and she proceeded to tell me how the visit went. this is a typical day of who ever is there at the morning visit will update all. and whoever goes to the evening visit will do the same. she then told me that there is good and bad news. and of course I asked for the good 1st. good news is that she started to finally (thank god) take lithium. the bad news was that some how she snuck out of her room, got naked and crawled in bed with a 20 year old boy last night. the hosptail staff said that they caught her before anything had even started. but they still took a blood sample and asked allot of questions. can someone tell me how in the heck this could happen? why do they have men and women in the same facility? even though I know that it isn't her, it is still heartbreaking to hear this. this was my nightmare come true. even though i have read that this would be a possibility and i have been trying to mentally prepare myself, it just really sucks. On the other hand though, how long did it take the lithium for you or someone you know to kick in? And am also really thankful for you all telling your experiences and helping to educate us newbies. :-)

olivia of course
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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry you are going through a rough time, hang in there, with time things will get better.

From what I understand most hospitals have male and females in the same floor. It usually is not a huge problem.

I think lithium takes about 1 week to fully kick in. In the mean time they might give your fiance some anti-psychotics till the lithium kicks in.

Again, please be patient with her, she is really not herself. I hope things get better real soon for both of you.
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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I am so sorry to hear that, Hawaiian. How awful. I don't want to say it would be easy to do that in the hospital, but it wouldn't be impossible. At night there's a minimum number of nurses around. Fortunately, it's also very quiet, and the staff checks on the patients regularly.

As Olivia said, your fiance is not herself. Mania destroys impulse control. You two have some very painful discussions ahead of you, but right now try and hold your head high.

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