"To all others we grow old. But, not to brothers and sisters. We live in each other's hearts, we share private family jokes. We remember family fueds. Keep each other's secrets, grieve family sorrows and share the joys. We live outside the touch of time............." Author Unknown
Post Edited (Helper of Mankind) : 7/16/2009 9:50:59 PM (GMT-6)
"To others we grow old. But, not to brothers and sisters, we live in each other's hearts, share private family jokes. We remember family fueds, keep each other's secrets and grieve family sorrows. We live outside the touch of time............." ............Author Unknown
((Barb)), I am so sorry that you are going through this with your sister. I know how hard it is ......you are a wonderful sister........
Take care.......thoughts and prayers....
Barb, do you think that was a suicide attempt, or that she just wanted to sleep and kept taking more...or forgot how many pills she had already taken? I'm sure you know that the combination of alcohol and sleeping medication (even at the correct dosage) can be a lethal combination. If she had been drinking and took that many pills, she very well may not have survived.
When I was in the latter stages of my drinking, I found that it would not even put me to sleep (or, more accurately, allow me to pass out.) I was still working and would get frantic looking at the clock, knowing I had to get up in a few hours. One night I kept drinking and popping more anti-depressant meds (another bad combination), and at some point was aware enough to get scared...afraid I might not wake up. So I called my shrink and he sent an ambulance to me. By that time, I had slipped into unconsiousness and was taken to the hospital where I was revived. However, I spent about 5 days in the hospital and lost my job because they found out why I was there. That incident was enough to keep me from taking too many pills again, though it was another 2 or 3 yrs. before I stopped drinking. I'm just relating this story to tell you I remember what it was like to be desperate for sleep and to try to get it that way. At that time, though, I didn't know I had liver disease. Since your sister knows she's sick and you are trying to prevent her from drinking, it could also have been a suicide attempt (I've had those, too.)
I'm glad you have taken over the meds and please do be vigilant about her alcohol use, too. She may have some stashed that you don't know about.
I know this is hard on you and you must be exhausted. I commend you for hanging in there with her.
Post Edited (Helper of Mankind) : 7/23/2009 9:56:15 PM (GMT-6)