Posted 9/18/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks Rosie, Hippie and Des,

It brought tears to my eyes to read your welcome backs. You guys are the best!

My bipolar brother who was living with me had a psychotic episode and I had to have him (struggling for the right word here) put away, committed, locked up, whatever for a while and he is out now in a halfway house. Better for me but still a strain.

Still trying to do the pace yourself thing but I have lots "on my plate" (as do we all). So cheers and, as always, stay strong.

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Posted 9/18/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)

What a nightmare you've been through. When my mother-in-law had to "put away" her husband of 60 years in a nursing home it nearly caused her to have a breakdown. In the 40 years that I've known her I have never seen her so distraught, not even when she lost her parents. She finally accepts that he's better off there and I hope you do as well. I'm sorry for all you have had to go through. We all take a break from the forum from time to time and it's always good to see an old friend again. Welcome back.

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Posted 9/18/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)
Sue, So sorry about your brother. I had an older brother who sustained a head injury in the service when he was 19 years old and spent his entire adult life trying to compensate for the injuries. Needless to say he was SO misunderstood and it was very hard on him emotionally . . . my heart goes out to you. He had many stays in the VA psych ward as a result . . . very hard to watch. (I used to bring him contraband cigarettes because he enjoyed passing them out to the other patients . . . hee hee heee . . . good for his spirits . . . I was scolded by other family members, but it was fun espionage!!) BTW he spent his last few years in life as his best adult years because of being properly medicated for depression. I hope the docs find the right combination of meds and therapy to help your brother.

Some hot tea for you sis!!


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Posted 9/19/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -6)
Sue, I'm so sorry about your brother. What a emotional struggle I'm sure that is for you. Sending you my thoughts and hugs.
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