KathyG Posted June 17, 2008 Report Share Posted June 17, 2008 I guess the title of this post should really be, "How can I take care of my bipolar sister when I'm still grieving for my husband?" Everything's hitting me at once.My sister was diagnosed with bipolar syndrome (manic depression) about 25 years ago. She has been hospitalized several times, but for the last 10 or 12 years, her medication was working and her symptoms were in remission. Now all of a sudden she has decided she's not sick and doesn't need help - but she stopped taking her medicines regularly and her mood swings have become severe and extreme again. She doesn't take care of herself or her apartment, spends money she doesn't have, and is close to losing her job.Except for a cousin, I'm the only family my sister has - and she lives 1500 miles away from me. I'm very afraid for her. I've tried to hire a health care advocate for my sister and have asked her to give her doctors permission to discuss her care with me, but her condition is getting worse and she tells me to mind my own business.I don't know what more I can do. Legally, my hands are tied. Not only do my sister and I live far apart, I'm still reeling from my husband's sudden death six months ago. I feel lucky that I can more or less manage my own life, let alone someone else's. Some days I can't do anything else but cry, I have no energy, and sometimes still can't think straight.I pray for strength to handle all this, but I still feel overwhelmed much of the time. Has anyone else had to deal with a situation like this? How do I hold on? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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