Braggin on my brother

It’s been a long couple of weeks – some good long, some bad long.

Today though I was able to see the bright side of a not so great thing.

For those who don’t know me well – let me bring you up to speed…

I have a younger brother who is a schizophrenic and has organic brain damage as well as seizures.  About a year and 1/2 ago he went to live in a group home (for lack of a better term) in Abilene. This is the closest to living on his own he has ever been. It hasn’t all been easy sailing.

Today was a day that could have been a huge cluster – but it wasn’t.

My brother ended up in the ER in Abilene on his own. He had been feeling bad for a couple of days and was having what he thought were similar symptoms to the heart attack he’d had a couple of years ago.

Now –  18 months ago this would have caused a break. Paranoid schizophrenics are not the best patients on their best days – and they are awful patients most other days.  Their meds area  very delicate balance that is always being adjusted and tweaked – any kind of sickness throws this balance off-kilter. And that means the paranoia and voices and such start coming back.

So – today could have been a category 1 disaster.

But it wasn’t.

He dealt with the ER visit. Alone.

And that is amazing and awesome.

Turns out it is just bronchitis and low sodium levels – he was discharged and is back in his room.

I know – you’re thinking “Big Whoop” – but this brightened my day – and not just because he was OK.

Because he handled it.

And that was an awe inspiring first for him.

I am so proud of him.


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