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Coronavirus and mentally ill people.

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Unity Submitted on the 2020/03/28 12:00:39
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With a heavy heart, I am telling this story for a good reason.

People with mental health issues are not coping, we healthy minded people feel in a panic. Triple that and then some, everything is getting too hard for them to cope.

My son is a germ-a-phobe. Has been since the age of 2. Now this is overwhelming him beyond my wildest thoughts.

Daily for an hour I need to sit and talk to him, and calm his mind. Only to re do this all again in the evening. He feels lonely and isolated. And I am doing all I can to help him cope.

Please people if one person is in more of a panic than you it is not a joke.
This virus is real..

Stay safe

STAY AT HOME...




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/04/02 12:46:04
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Think about this for a moment. These people are in more of a flat spin than the rest of the world, they don't seem aware of the dangers.
My heart goes out to the patients in hospitals.
How are the nursing staff coping, it is really sad.
Hope we all just keep in mind they are scared as well.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/12 19:46:02
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With all these rules, a mentally challenged person doesn't grasp all these rules and regulations.

I know this for a fact, I am living with it daily.
There are days my son refuses to mask up before leaving the property, as for giving him hand sanitizer is a joke, he says if it kills germs he will drink it.

So what I have been forced to do is, go to the shopping complex near our home, and speak to all the managers etc asking if he behaves oddly to please call me. I have explained his condition to them and to date been called to 3 different stores twice.

Now we got him bandanas and he seems ok with that.
Daily we do temp reading and make sure he is eating three healthy meals a day.
Has a vitamin juice each morning and I try give him fruit but he only eats bananas so that is tricky.

Please don't give up on mental health...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/13 18:41:04
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Today seemed to be a break through.
My son finally spoke to me about the meeting with the doctor, he say the doctor told him to stay on the meds for 6 months. Then go back to see if they can reduce the meds. He is not happy about taking them, but is admitting he feels like he was in a time warp.
So happy that he realises that the meds are helping him.
The random talking has slowed down and now he cracks a few jokes now and again...

Blessed...


It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/14 18:23:23
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Seems my son is on a slow return to us.

He admits the meds are helping, and even said he was sorry for his behavior.

And most of all he said he loved me and I felt he meant it.

Please don't ever give up on anyone with a mental disability.




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/15 17:56:28
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The journey has begun, he is aware of what is going on around him now. But sadly every thing in life to him at the moment is linked to a song.
But we getting there...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/17 17:43:58
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But never be fooled, some days I feel that my son says what I need to hear.
Today was a bounce off the wall day, telling me things like he can fly. And doesn't fear death.
Watching the news earlier in the day, SASOP says that there should be more space for the mental health in SA.

Let me tell you this is one time I totally agree.
When my son first starting having this episode, we couldn't even enter the hospital, unless he was covid. I phoned the mental health clinic at which his records are kept. No joy, they couldn't assist me.
The only thing I was told if he got dangerous (sure if you know someone that has mental health issues I don't have to explain). I should phone SAPS and an ambulance.
I did that and SAPS arrived they where amazing, to date still waiting for the ambulance.
I phoned so many people trying to get help.

My son is now on meds, I see the difference and daily I hope that they start working better.
If I don't make sure he drinks the pill he hides it in his mouth and spites it out.

Be kind to people with mental health issues please.

It is hard on both them and their caregivers..




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/07/08 14:14:48
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Happy to report, with the correct meds and lots of TLC my son is almost back on track. He still has his withdrawal moments, and his outbursts but not as often now.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


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