How’s it going?
Many people have been asking me if I still go to the gym. YES.
I just got back actually and I am running late and having to type this up really fast.
Actually I was REALLY tired this morning.
I have to go today twice, Tuesday twice, Wednesday three times and Thursday twice
and Friday once.
Then I am off Saturday and Sunday.
Anyway, let’s jump into today’s topic I thought of while I was doing cardio.
The other day I was in my accountant’s office and he was running late.
He called and told me he would be there, but not for awhile.
I said, “No problem.”
He said that he was really, really sorry.
I didn’t mind, because I was prepared with about 5 hours of work with me.
Whenever I leave my house, I assume traffic delays and other problems are always going to come up, so I ALWAYS have meals for the day AND plenty of work so I don’t have to waste any time.
The key thing is…
I prepare for potential problems ahead of time.
And this is what you have to do if you are a supporter of a loved one with bipolar disorder.
You have to BE PREPARED ahead of time, like I show you in my courses/systems below:
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You have to think of things like this:
• Your loved one loses their medication
They may be able to go for a little while
without their medicine, but not for long
without going into a bipolar episode.
This could be very, very dangerous for
them as well, maybe even fatal. So you
need to prepare ahead of time. Talk to
their doctor in advance and find out what
to do in case this should happen. Find out
their doctor’s policy on this. Sometimes
he can write another prescription. Sometimes
he can give you samples to have on hand.
• Something happens to the doctor, psychiatrist
Find out ahead of time what they do in
emergencies, when they are out of town or on
vacation, or if something else should happen
to them. What have they done in the past?
What is their normal policy? Will they still
be accessible to your loved one? Will they
have a fill-in doctor? Will your loved one
have to go to the Emergency Room? Will
they have to change doctors (or therapists)?
• Your loved one shows signs and symptoms
of an episode
Ask the doctor their procedure in this case.
You will probably need your loved one to
sign a Medical Release of Information form
in advance (when they are not in an episode)
to keep on file so that you can report these
symptoms directly to the doctor. He then
may be able to adjust your loved one’s
medications without having to see them or
without your loved one having to go to the
hospital. You may also be able to avoid a
• Your loved one goes into an episode
Know in advance what your loved one’s
triggers are. Know the signs and symptoms
of their episodes. If they are in an episode,
they need treatment. Call their doctor.
You will probably have to plan on taking
them to the hospital, but if you talk to the
doctor in advance, he can tell you the
correct procedure and what to expect.
• You are going on vacation
If you are going on vacation, you need
to make sure that your loved one has
enough medication not only for the time
you will be gone, but for a few days more,
just in case something should happen.
Assume that you will not be able to get
a prescription filled or refilled wherever
you go. You do not want your loved one
to be stuck without their medication.
• Your loved one will not be home when
it’s time to take their medication
It’s good to always plan for this eventuality
in any case, and carry an extra dose of
medication with you; however, if you
know you will be gone when it is time
to take the medication, make sure you
have it with you when it will be time.
This will take planning ahead of time
so that you don’t forget. In order to avoid
this, try making appointments at times
when medication will not be due.
As a supporter, you must always be prepared in advance to WAIT.
Just like I was talking about waiting in my accountant’s office, you will probably spend a great deal of your time just waiting as well.
When your loved one goes to their appointments, there may be some that you will not be able to go into, such as their therapy appointment.
It is best to plan for this in advance, and to bring something with you to do.
It is also best for you to plan for what might happen should your loved one have to go into the hospital.
I know this is not what you want to think about now, and your loved one may be stable right now, but you still need to be prepared.
You need to have a good grasp on your finances.
What if your loved one should go into a manic episode?
What if your loved one should be hospitalized for a longer period than expected?
These are things that you need to work out ahead of time.
You need to be prepared. ALWAYS.
Bipolar disorder is a very serious disease, and you need to think IN ADVANCE about what could go wrong and to prepare for it.