Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 6 of 16 FirstFirst ... 45678 ... LastLast
Results 51 to 60 of 156
Like Tree247Likes

Bigfoot's (Phillip's) Progress

This is a discussion on Bigfoot's (Phillip's) Progress within the Orchid Community Support and Special Projects forums, part of the The Outback Terrace Bar category; Maura-- I have a bipolar family member, and your fears sound very familiar to me. ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #51
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kathi
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,515
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Maura--

    I have a bipolar family member, and your fears sound very familiar to me. You are doing the right things.
    Hang in there--

  2. #52
    Teena's Avatar
    Teena is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Martha
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    can't choose
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    No. of Boston, MA USA
    Posts
    578
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    You are doing everything you can do to help Philip, I would find out immediately why he can't resume his bipolar meds, getting him stable in at least one area will help him recover from the others, probably make him more compliant. Stay strong and just go moment by moment, that's all you can do. Losing sleep worrying about it does not change the outcome, imagine a box with a question mark on it, open the box and put all your worries in it one-by-one, close the box, go to sleep. Open the box when you wake up and take your worries out, you're rested and the problems are easier to handle. Think of all of us here helping to hold you both up.

    Your old garden from the front of the house looks fine, magnificent hydrangeas on the corner of the house. I can't tell about the climbing roses this late in the season. - martha

  3. #53
    Jose R. Nieves's Avatar
    Jose R. Nieves is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jose
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Puerto Rico
    Posts
    323
    Member's Country Flag

    Default


    Thanks for all your support - I feel very alone here in Atlanta -
    How can you feel alone when all of us are right by your side?????????? (Jordan, you are stepping on me! jejej)
    Jose

  4. #54
    mauraec's Avatar
    mauraec is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Maura Caffrey
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paphiopedilum lowii
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Englewood, FL
    Posts
    3,092
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thanks Kathi and Martha -

    Bipolar disorder is a very complicated but treatable condition; we are actually very sane 99.9% of the time, but we have to stay right on top of it. Unfortunately, most people have a very skewed understanding of it, and that makes it harder to deal with - thank you for not assuming we're either crazy or attention-seeking, as so many people do. I've been well a lot longer than Phillip, so I'm more familiar with his signs than he is - or anyone else, really. I know I have to watch my sleeping routine - too many sleepless nights can trigger mania easily. They just put Phillip back on his meds 2 days ago, but once it's rolling, it usually needs stronger intervention - I'll make sure he gets it.

    Thanks for going by my old house, Martha! Aren't those hydrangeas incredible? You should see them in early October - they're flaming! I'll have have you go by in spring to check on my crocuses, forsythia and Kousa dogwood.

  5. #55
    panam's Avatar
    panam is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Patty
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    What isn't?!
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Yuma, AZ: The little corner where Arizona, California and Mexico meet.
    Posts
    3,094
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Maura, you and Philip are in our thoughts and prayers. I really hope you are focusing on yourself through this time, because you'll have to be the strength and stability for Philip as he recovers and rebalances his biochemistry for the bipolar symptoms.

    My husband has an encephalopathy (still undetermined cause or extent) and sometimes suffers through delusions, hallucinations, and occasionally exhibits changes in personality and loses contact with reality. Those "slump" times are tough, so I have a glimpse of what you're going through.

    Make sure YOU are ready for him to come home. The staff at the hospital is on to him now, so that's good news. Don't rush him home too soon, if they will help you stabilize his bipolar condition.

    Oh, Maura - keep enjoying those orchids!

  6. #56
    mauraec's Avatar
    mauraec is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Maura Caffrey
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paphiopedilum lowii
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Englewood, FL
    Posts
    3,092
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Maura, you and Philip are in our thoughts and prayers. I really hope you are focusing on yourself through this time, because you'll have to be the strength and stability for Philip as he recovers and rebalances his biochemistry for the bipolar symptoms.

    My husband has an encephalopathy (still undetermined cause or extent) and sometimes suffers through delusions, hallucinations, and occasionally exhibits changes in personality and loses contact with reality. Those "slump" times are tough, so I have a glimpse of what you're going through.

    Make sure YOU are ready for him to come home. The staff at the hospital is on to him now, so that's good news. Don't rush him home too soon, if they will help you stabilize his bipolar condition.

    Oh, Maura - keep enjoying those orchids!
    Thanks so much, Patty - I'm familiar with encephalopathy as well - you have my sympathy. I don't think they're going to release him too soon - although he told me today that he's getting out. They're doing another culture and starting him on a new antibiotic, so he'll be under observation for at least a day or 2 more. More delusions. I'm working with his medical team to get him on intervention meds ASAP so that he doesn't escape - he's perfectly capable of that.

    As for enjoying my orchids, I ordered a couple of fragrant ones in spike while I was up at 4:00 this morning, so I AM enjoying them!

  7. #57
    cakedaddy's Avatar
    cakedaddy is online now Senior Member
    Real Name
    jason
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida Panhandle
    Posts
    2,021

    Default

    I'm sorry to hear of Philips setback! We sincerely hope the doctors get this under control sometime soon! My partner, Brit, has even been asking about him...
    Posted via Mobile Device

  8. #58
    mauraec's Avatar
    mauraec is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Maura Caffrey
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paphiopedilum lowii
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Englewood, FL
    Posts
    3,092
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I'm sorry to hear of Philips setback! We sincerely hope the doctors get this under control sometime soon! My partner, Brit, has even been asking about him...
    Posted via Mobile Device
    Thanks, Jason and Brit - yes, it's been a tough one, but after spending all day on the phone with various doctors there, they finally ordered the psych med he needs. On the other hand, he's still deteriorating with the pneumonia and cough - spiked a fever last night. This is going on forever, it seems...

  9. #59
    cakedaddy's Avatar
    cakedaddy is online now Senior Member
    Real Name
    jason
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida Panhandle
    Posts
    2,021

    Default

    As Teena mentioned, the psych meds stabilizing his bipolarity may well be what is needed for his body to recover. Those misfiring neurons up there could be preventing cooperation from the rest of his body. And certainly, the inability to relax and comply would slow things down a bit as well. I too was on psych meds for a long time and understand very well what mental agitation can do to a persons physical body.
    Posted via Mobile Device

  10. #60
    Daethen is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jonada
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paph Chiu Hua Dancer
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    1,588
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Maura, Jordan is so very right. You have family here and we all will listen if you need to vent. Thank you for sharing this piece of the puzzle. Please reach out to us if you need a shoulder.

Page 6 of 16 FirstFirst ... 45678 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. mounting an orchid -- by request for Phillip and Maura
    By pavel in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: September 20th, 2011, 01:24 PM
  2. Show In Progress 10-22-23-24
    By DeLandDad in forum Orchid Shows and Society Meetings
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: October 27th, 2010, 08:45 AM
  3. Ascda out and Vanda progress
    By Roy in forum Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: January 11th, 2009, 10:12 PM
  4. first orchid progress
    By shoogah in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: May 30th, 2008, 08:07 PM
  5. Upgrade in progress
    By LJA in forum Using the Boards
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: June 19th, 2005, 01:22 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.