Just to let you know that I have received a lot of help and support from people here and I want to send out a big thank you to all. And to let you all know that TODAY is my son's 21st birthday. Planning on bringing him some McD for supper (his request) and got him a DQ frozen cake (decorated with a piano and music notes) - he loves to play the piano (and is quite good). Even on the psych ward, other patients ask him to play the piano. It helps his self-esteem so much... he could take courses upon courses on self esteem - but I find that people with a mental illness are so kind to each other (because they totally understand). Got him a few gifts also - a bike helmet to replace his old one and some batteries and a new set of headphones for his CD player, also a UBS cord to connect from his electronic piano keyboard to his computer as he makes his own music and records his own songs. Sorry I am going on, but just want to thank you all for the hugs and letters of support. I am hanging in there and releasing my feelings of resentments towards those who do not understand (I am taking your words of advice that no-one really understands unless they have lived the experience or a similar one). Hugs and flowers to all. The past couple of years have just been stressful on me as my son got ill, my husband then suffered a stroke, my sister died in January of brain cancer and my youngest brother died of a massive heart attack in April. But I have to keep myself in check so I dont end up feeling sorry for myself. My menta is 'only control what you can and leave the rest alone'.
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