The Devastating Conundrum of the Manic Cycle

…continued from yesterday. 3:15 pm, March 17-St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I’m not wearing green but up in this club we can’t touch each other, so I doubt I’ll get pinched today. I’m wearing my baggy grey slacks and a Newark (NJ) pink Tee… Read more“The Devastating Conundrum of the Manic Cycle”

Bottom Line: Bi-polar Disorder Doesn’t Just Hurt One Person

…continued from Sunday. (Once again Laura writes from a sister’s perspective. In her last post, she spoke of ‘The Text’—when Sarah cut off communication with her and unfriended her on Facebook). We are house hunting in Oklahoma on a chill March day. One week has passed since The Text, and… Read more“Bottom Line: Bi-polar Disorder Doesn’t Just Hurt One Person”

Recap, Regroup and Relearn: Lessons from October

Lessons Learned in October I have discovered that I am a challenge junkie. For the second year in a row I accepted the #write31day challenge for October, and I survived another year. This time around, I wrote about my daughter’s journey with mental illness, which meant constant consultation with a… Read more“Recap, Regroup and Relearn: Lessons from October”

Advocating for an Adolescent with a Mental Health Diagnosis

…continued from Saturday. {For those who have been following our story from October, we want to assure you that we plan on finishing it in November.  When we took up this challenge, we had no idea that the telling would stretch over more than 31 days.  Thank you for your… Read more“Advocating for an Adolescent with a Mental Health Diagnosis”

Mania: It’s Not Just What Happens on Black Friday

…continued from yesterday. St. Helena Hospital Behavioral Health Center Admission Inventory Valuable Name: Clothing: at bedside Bra Panties Shirt Shoes Sweater Clothing, other Slippers Socks Suitcase with other misc. clothing items. Backpack. Monetary: in safe Gift Cards—1 Target, 2 Barns & Noble, 1 Home Depot, 1 Driver’s License Money—16 cents… Read more“Mania: It’s Not Just What Happens on Black Friday”

Crisp-as-Bacon Rage

…continued from yesterday. Sarah’s long night in the emergency room almost ended in disaster. Only through an act of God did she finally end up where she needed to be. Let me explain. After arriving at the hospital, Sarah continued to act erratic. She went from chatty compliance to crisp-as-bacon… Read more“Crisp-as-Bacon Rage”

Has My Daughter Lost Her Mind?

…continued from yesterday. Pedro’s brother had to use a little subterfuge to get Sarah to see the counselor the next day. First, he offered to get her more contacts from Costco. After they purchased the contacts, he somehow talked her into seeing a therapist. I don’t know how the appointment… Read more“Has My Daughter Lost Her Mind?”

Standing in the Need of Intercessory Prayer

…continued from yesterday. I don’t remember much of what happened next, but I vaguely recall being on the white ground and people walking by and asking if I was okay. Someone said they were going to call an ambulance and I remember a split second of being in an ambulance…. Read more“Standing in the Need of Intercessory Prayer”

When Your Daughter Chooses to Live in an Airport

…continued from yesterday. Pedro’s parents called in the middle of the night and told him that Sarah had carried out her plan and ditched them in the airport in New York City. I prayed myself back to sleep. We woke up glum the next morning—unsure of our emotions. How does… Read more“When Your Daughter Chooses to Live in an Airport”

What Do You Do When Your Mooring Comes Unmoored?

…continued from yesterday. Dear Reader, At the start of this journey I explained that no story takes place in a vacuum. The tendrils and tentacles reach out and touch other lives in myriad ways.  Today, you will read another side of the story.  Sarah and I have done all the sharing… Read more“What Do You Do When Your Mooring Comes Unmoored?”