Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shhhhhhh quiet in the library.

Yesterday I went back to November 2010 and read my posts to date.  Mike's psychotic episode took place Nov. 7th.  If ever I doubt how far we've come since that day all I have to do is go back and read.  It helps me keep a perspective about where we are now.

Mike had another milestone day yesterday.  We had been brainstorming ideas for things for him to do during the day.  One idea that came up some time ago was taking the bus to the city library.   Yesterday was his big day and he did it on his own.  He got a library card and checked out a book on tape about Bill Clinton and a book on dog training. (Guess he's still thinking about getting a dog)  He said he had a great time and the library is cool and quiet  HOORAY FOR MIKE!  

When Ron and I took him grocery shopping Sunday I took him to the deli and we picked out several things he could eat. (We have to be careful because of his allergies)  I introduced Mike to the lady behind the counter and told him he can always ask what ingredients are in something before he buys it.  Well, yesterday he went to the store on his own and to the deli.  He bought some baked beans and then had them with his tuna salad (which he made) and pears for supper.

I didn't hear from him after I got home from work so I called and he was doing great.  He was listening to his cd and relaxing with his dog training book.  (4 days and no suicide threats)  I'm so proud of him.  I know our parents are looking down in amazement that Mike is living with his schizophrenia and living independently for the first time in his life.  It was a very rocky road to get here but things are finally looking hopeful.


themoose53 said...

I'm so happy for your guys!! I've lived my whole life with mental illness (depression and personality disorder for me and depression and suicide for my younger brother). I know how hard it is. I'm glad you're getting some relief and some happiness.



oklhdan said...

Barb, Thanks for your well wishes. I was so fortunate to be spared the pain of depression but I certainly empathize with those who suffer from it. I hope you and your brother have found ways to cope with your depression. I wish you the very best also.

Olga said...

It is so good to hear about how Mike is gaining independence and the confidence to go out and about on his own. If he has to suffer from that disease, at least he is fortunate to have such a support system in you and Ron.

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, he is making great leaps when realizing where he has come from. His life is really opening up. Thank God and a smart, caring sister. Seeing what is possible makes one's heart bleed when you think of those like him that are instiutionalized or medicated into a stupor. Bless you and Ron.

oklhdan said...

Oh my gosh Patti....I see people around town who are obviously suffering from mental illness and just roaming the streets. It really makes me sad.