I would like to thank all of you for the very supportive messages on my Losing My Husband Again post. They were all very much appreciated, and your many kindnesses have been invaluable to me.
I do have an update on where I am at present. After speaking with my husband's consultant psychiatrist, who is very difficult to get on with, I am now trying to get a second opinion. As I am observing my husband on a daily basis I feel that something is being left out of the equation. Even though Michael suffers from bipolar disorder, he does not appear to be in danger of going into a manic phase. Michael does not appear to be going into a very depressive phase either, as he still gets up, eats, and then gets washed and dressed. The main psychiatrist who Michael is under would not listen to what I would like to have said, as I have gained some new information.
It appears, that someone who has suffered from an affective disorder for many years, and has had many manic, or depressive episodes, can be actually suffering from a non-degenerative form of dementia, which, if accurately diagnosed, is reversible. When a person ages with bipolar disorder, usually at 70 +, dementia can develop, but not necessarily the degenerative form. Testing needs to be done with scans, blood tests etc. But if left undiagnosed, as is the case with many patients, the symptoms will carry on and the outcome will not be reversible. I am really going to have to fight for a second opinion, as Michael's GP is not receiving patients at the surgery, and everything is being conducted via the telephone. But I cannot just stand by and not do anything, whilst they just keep on drugging my husband up which just exacerbates his dementia symptoms.
Once again, thank you for all of your messages, and if any of you would like to pray for us, it would greatly be appreciated. 🤞🍀