I know your pain of watching a loved one suffer from unmedicated psychosis @Love_Hope, @Margi, @fleetingrose However, I think that is changing for me. I am hopeful, truly hopeful, for the first time in years. I am not scared. I am not second guessing my own actions.
Today, I was called by the p-hospital and told that the p-doctor wanted me to be my daughter’s health care proxy. She was involuntarily committed directly from jail Monday, after being arrested Sunday for creating a disturbance and running in and out of traffic, after the judge asked me at arraignment if there was some way he could help me, and I said she needed medical evaluation.
This is the same daughter who calmly played the game of Life in her room with me 2 weeks ago. The same daughter who 3 years ago was a model of young life, independent and working. Sigh.
However, this is the first time I have been allowed contact with her doctor/the staff when force hospitalized. Good news. I allowed them to medicate her, and if needed force inject her.
I have been a member of this forum and in particular the “unmedicated” thread for a half a year, and thanks to the support of wonderful people here, and NAMI, I realized that my seriously mentally ill daughter was going to continue to worsen overall if I couldn’t somehow get her on meds. I couldn’t do it in the past legally and honestly due to laws set up to “protect” her. This time, medication is ordered by a judge. So, despite being told by the receptionist at the hospital that “we don’t know if she is or isn’t a patient here” I faxed the court case papers to the hospital “in case she is being held there, pass this to her doctor”, I was contacted within hours to be health care proxy. This time she will HAVE to continue on medication, or go back to jail as she is on supervised ROR, ordered to live with me and medicate. I have hope for the first time, that we will have her on medication long enough to break her 2.5 year psychosis.
Thank you to all of you on this forum who helped me to become strong enough to go to court for my daughter. I couldn’t have done it without support from other caregivers who shared. I wish many days of hope for all of you and your loved ones.