So, last August my wife gave birth to our beloved child. At mid January she had a postpartum psychotic episode. It was out of the blue and fast. No signs and no other symptoms prior to this. Just one night she got up to feed our son and after a while she woke me in tears saying she couldn't feed him and that she didn't know what she was supposed to do. She was very nervous and i've never seen her like this in the 15 years we are a couple. So i fed our child got him to bed. From then insomnia kicked in. We spent the whole night trying to calm her down. I knew something had happened in her mind but i couldn't figure it out.
The other morning found her a bit better. I told her to take a "day off" and do whatever she made her feel good. She spent most of her time at her sisters talking. Later on the afternoon she came back. A bit relieved but anxious. That night she had her second psychotic episode. Her episode was described to me by her as some kind of devine intervention to her. Like something contacted her and asked her to be a better person. So no sleep for either of us at that night too. We were in bed with me trying to calm her down and her trying to express what she experienced.
The next morning i new that i had to take actions because we where 48 hours straight awake and she was deteriorating. So i called the family and started to considering hospitalization. The problem was that the hospital appropriate for us was not to open for two days more. So i called a psychiatrist at home to give us some guide lines. He immediately recognised PP signs so he gave us olanzapine for the next two days.
The next two days was pretty difficult for everyone. She took the first dose pretty easy but she had second thoughts on the others. She eventually took them but it was a struggle every time. In these two days we first start experiencing the up and down times. The sobriety and then the confusion.
After all these we made it to the hospital. We were lucky enough to have good doctors there who understood the illness right away and started her on proper medication and consulting.
Now she's at home continuing the healing process with medication and consulting.
She is really trying very hard to beat all this and be the mom she want to be. She started working again, which is challenging for her but she is trying gradually to get her life back. We are on the sixth month after the PP episodes and still got a lot to catch up. But i am optimistic and trying to be her "crutch" as we say in humor. Trying to help for all the things she find difficult to do right now.
I'm also starting sessions with a psychologist this week. I've talk to one while we were on hospital but now that time has passed i see that i also need help to cope with this.
And if dads are reading this, yeah guys we are tough and boys don't cry and all that but if your struggling with any situation like this or any other get help! Our children need us strong and healthy so that we can live the life the way we want together. Situations like these change the couple's status and we take on a lot of responsibilities and things to do. We need to watch out for our children but we must also be the "crutch" our wife needs, so that se can recover as soon as possible. So get armed with patience give all your love and put your best into it!
Sorry for the big post but it was my first and i had to let everything out.😓