Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Not quite out of the woods

The last few days Mr Man hasn’t been feeling very well. The voices have become intrusive again and he’s been anxiously pacing the floor and standing by the window checking for people watching the house.

I know I have to expect that his symptoms will fluctuate, but it’s so disheartening when he’s been doing so well. I just hope that this isn’t a result of the extra responsibilities he has taken on recently, and I hope that he will still feel able to manage them.

12 comments:

Slurry said...

sorry to hear about the return of MrMans symptoms, along the road there are tempory returns of symptoms, and stress can bring them on, big time. But the road to recovery is a long one with many many ups and downs. hope it settles down soon.

Mr Mans Wife said...

Thank you Slurry.

Catherine said...

Oh dear. Thank goodness he has your suport during this time. Hopefully the return of the symtoms was not due to the extra stress -- you had mentioned how much he seemed to like what he was doing.

Mr Mans Wife said...

Thanks Catherine. Yes, he does enjoy his table tennis, and he has such a positive attitude towards it, even when he loses! I thought he would do better now that Wimbledon has started because he likes to follow the progress of certain players and it gives him another distraction. I don't really know what's triggered it this time, I suppose it just goes like that sometimes. He still made himself go to coaching and the summer league though, so he's not giving in to it. :)

Slurry said...

Thats brill MM isnt giving in to it that in its self is a step forward!
Things are still hard work here, am totally knackered as was up all last night with my mate who was hearing very distressing voices. still getting no where with the system.

Mr Mans Wife said...

I'm really sorry to hear about how poorly your friend is, and that you're not able to get any help for her. She's very lucky to have such a caring friend in you. I wish I could help.

Slurry said...

Well as they day has roled on, things have got no better, thankfully my cpn came out to see me and could see the stress it is causing me, then came something I choked on, I was asked if I wanted to go in to hospital or respite!!! I was stunned, how could they offer it to me, who is well at the moment apart from being a tad stressed but not offer it to my friend who is clearly disturbed, hearing voices, as high as I kite, paranoid and killing animals? it just doesnt make sence, none of it!
Ps. I found out that the pressent i had on my door step, met a very sticky end.

Mr Mans Wife said...

It leaves you speechless doesn't it? What is wrong with these people?

Roses said...

I'm sorry to hear that Mr Man is suffering a bit of a relapse. My fingers are crossed for you that it won't last long.

Mr Mans Wife said...

Thanks Roses. He got worse, and then better again, so it's a bit up and down at the moment. I think we know what the trigger is now though. He's coping really well with the table tennis but not the committee meetings, even though last time he didn't actually have to say anything.

sassy said...

Having read the positive comments here about recovery and the ups and downs of the symptoms. It's strange that when you have been supporting someone for so long, that deep inside you know that it will pass. But when the blips happen you get this fear of going back to the bad times. Much like my son has said when his symptoms return, he said it feels as if his symptoms have never left him. But when he is on an even keel his symptoms feel like a long time in the distant past. Those living with the person also go up and down with the symptoms their relative experiences. I try to stick to my motto if he was well before he can be well again...not easy to stick by when you are stuck in the middle of a threatened relapse. I hope Mr mans symptoms soon settle and he starts enjoying life again..good on him for carrying on despite his voices

Mr Mans Wife said...

Sassy, your comments are so so true. This recent blip hasn't affected me so badly this time, but previously when Mr Man has experienced a setback I have fallen into a deep depression, and as you say, it is the fear of things going back to how they once were that causes it.

This time I'm not so worried, but it just shows how easily symptoms can return/worsen with a bit of extra stress. It really highlights the need to keep his stress levels low.