It's two months since my wife fell ill & know I need support so I'm new here. She has lived with bipolar disorder before we met & had things pretty under control & the birth of our first child had few problems, save post post birth to change meds. The pregnancy of our next daughter was challenging for the whole duration & she was induced 6 weeks early. Thankfully she's pretty much ok
My wife was sectioned shortly after & spent over a month in psychiatric intensive care unit where she didn't seem to make any progress. I was effectively mom&dad to a newborn & 3 year old girl which was a pretty busy time I must say!
As challenging as it was I got very close to the girls & when a mother & baby unit was offered I rejected the first due to it too far away and waited for a nearer one which was available two weeks later which was the right choice
Although my wife is making some progress, her father passed away recently & she went five steps backward. She's now on her third change of medication (ignoring the sedative)
I'm trying to be positive even though she doesn't have many consecutive days a stable mental state. I'm doing everything to keep things running smoothly so almost daily visits to hospital for me & our 3 year old after nursery which are draining on us but know it helps my daughter not miss her mommy so much & also see her little sister
A local carers network mentioned this site & they're going to facilitate counselling as I feel pretty much on my own. I just have to keep going but discharge date seems so far away, and even then recovery at home is going to take even longer