Do you know what Murphy’s Law is? “If anything can go wrong, it will.” But I’ve also heard it said: “If anything can go wrong it will, and it will at the worst possible time.” LOL Isn’t that the truth?
It’s like when you have an important appointment and it’s crucial to be on time, but you get a flat tire on the way to the appointment. Or what about the bridegroom who partied so much the night before that he was late for his own wedding!
Or what about the Smiths, who had planned a 10th anniversary cruise for a year and got all the way to the cruise ship before realizing they forgot their tickets!
Or what about the single mom who took off work to take her young son to the beach, only to wake up to him covered with poison ivy from “exploring” in the woods the day before!
Or what about the family who planned a big Thanksgiving dinner get together, only to have to cancel it because of a HUGE snowstorm!
We’ve all made plans only to have to cancel them at the last minute because something comes up. But when you’re dealing with bipolar disorder, you should always have a Plan B. You need to be prepared for when things don’t go as planned.
Because when you’re dealing with a loved one with bipolar disorder, something can happen at the last minute.
You can make plans to go somewhere, but then your loved one has an anxiety attack, and you have to cancel your plans. So you should always have a Plan B.
Here’s what I mean: John and Linda were getting married. Linda has bipolar disorder, which they were watching closely because of all the excitement and stress of the wedding.
She held up pretty well all through the wedding and reception, but…When they got to the airport for their flight to the connecting city for their honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas and were turned away because they were FIVE minutes too late for boarding…
Well…Linda just lost it. She started crying hysterically. John didn’t know what to do, and he was afraid Linda was going to go into a bipolar episode.
But he thought about it, and came up with an idea. They could stay overnight in a motel, and drive down to the connecting city in the morning, so they could still make their cruise!
So that’s what they did, and they still had a wonderful,
You see how important a Plan B can be? It can sometimes mean the difference between an
episode and the avoidance of one.
If you’re planning to go to a gathering with your loved one, like to an event for your job, and your loved one is nervous about going, you can work out something in advance that will help
you with a Plan B.
Have a signal or a code word that you can do or say that will mean your loved one is asking to leave early, and then you can do something else instead, something just the two of you.
Well, I have to go!