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FreezingFingers Fri 13-Dec-13 19:59:22

How the Hell do you cope ???
I'm only on day 4 and I'm climbing the sodding walls
WiFi is non-existent and so is mobile internet most of the time
I feel much worse than before they dragged me in sad
I struggle really badly with people so am more or less sat in my room all day - which of course the drs don't like sad
I just want to go home fsad

fluffydressinggown Fri 13-Dec-13 20:42:38

It is crap isn't it.

This is what helped me so I hope it helps you!
- 3g dongle so I could go on the internet
- colouring in books and pens/pencils
- finding staff/patients who would play Scrabble or Monopoly with me
- films/music on my laptop
- painting my finger nails and toe nails
- smoking (i know i know but it did help)
- cross stitch

Are you on a section?

SnowyMouse Fri 13-Dec-13 20:51:54

(((( FreezingFingers ))))

It takes some getting through.

Even if you don't smoke, going outside with them can help to break things up, and people tend to talk because the staff aren't there.

Have they changed your meds?

Juneywoony Fri 13-Dec-13 22:02:42

Know the feeling im on day 5, x

HoopHopes Fri 13-Dec-13 23:35:13

It is hard. Boring. Nothing to do all day. Not like it is on the movies that is to be sure! I read and slept and got out as soon as possible!! Can you have time off the ward. I was able to for a few hours a day, just went for a coffee and a magazine etc!!!

FreezingFingers Sat 14-Dec-13 14:23:19

Thanks for all the suggestions - they are very helpful
Section 2 following a bit of a police chase & a 136 blush so I wasn't prepared & didn't have the chance to pack or bring anything useful
My boys brought some stuff yesterday but you could tell it was packed by men - bless 'em grin
They want me to come out & mix but I really just can't do it - I see people & wanna run as fast as possible in the opposite direction
I might get my laptop brought in - you have to get the staff to do the charging tho cos they won't let you have the chargers in your room
I can't concentrate long enough to read but colouring sounds a good idea & cross-stitch - if they'll let me
No change in meds - took them 3 days to get hold of thyroxine & escitalopram so I had none !
Oh I lie - they've changed my quetiapine to the slow release one
Dr says it shouldn't be the full 28 days so I'm sure it'll be before Christmas fsmile
Hugs Juney & to everyone who replied thanks

SnowyMouse Sat 14-Dec-13 14:51:59

Good luck freezing Be thinking of you. You can get through it fsmile

Juneywoony Sat 14-Dec-13 16:46:41

I know its boring, had an hour out with my husband today but back to the same old thing now. It's annoying me having to ask for my phone to be charged. Played some scrabble but same as you ive no concentration to read or watch tv for any longer than a couple of mins. Xx

fluffydressinggown Sat 14-Dec-13 17:03:37

Def get your laptop brought in, I used to time it so I used it for an hour or so and as it charged I would sit in a communal area and watch TV etc.

I sympathise on having things brought in, I used to draw pictures and write incredibly detailed descriptions of the clothes I wanted.

Hopefully you will get home soon smile

Queenofknickers Sun 15-Dec-13 20:43:19

Is there any therapy available (art or group or anything?) When I was in MH hospital I only really started getting better when I forced myself to start taking part. Incredibly incredibly hard (trust me I know!!!!) but the mantra was "doing better leads to feeling better". Plus i made some amazing friends eventually who, several years on, are still there for me and understand when other people don't. Big hugs to you thanks

FreezingFingers Wed 18-Dec-13 20:32:28

Hope you're hanging in there Juney
It's been so much better since I got my laptop & jigsaw, colouring & puzzle books - even managed to sneak the charger into my room & I can charge my phone via the laptop wink
Got my review meeting on Friday so fingers crossed I'll be going home - I'm 99% sure I will but my consultant doesn't give anything away so we not to give me false hope
I"m in a dilemma whether to say the right things to get home or risk being kept in by telling the truth
Hope everyone else is well
I can't read much cos the internet signal here is so bad - takes 20mins to load 1 page angry

SnowyMouse Wed 18-Dec-13 20:50:46

I'm glad things are a little more comfortable for you fsmile Fingers crossed for you for Friday.

FreezingFingers Thu 19-Dec-13 09:56:29

Thanks Snowy thanks

FreezingFingers Fri 20-Dec-13 14:12:42

Staying in until at least Monday fsad

Tiredemma Fri 20-Dec-13 14:14:21

Did they say why Monday?

How have your past couple of days been?

SnowyMouse Fri 20-Dec-13 14:25:18

Oh dear FreezingFingers I hope you get out for Christmas, if only on leave.

FreezingFingers Fri 20-Dec-13 20:49:13

Yes definitely for Christmas Snowy, unless I do something stupid in the meantime ..... Not sure if discharged or just on leave
Emma They want to discuss my care & support with my sons over the weekend they said hmm

FreezingFingers Wed 25-Dec-13 23:28:21

Just an update
I came home late yesterday afternoon on leave
I have to contact the ward tomorrow & if I'm still OK I can stay out until Friday morning fgrin
It's wonderful to be home with my dogs & my sons
Been running round catching up on everything, I've been too busy to get into any mischief - hope it lasts fhmm

cjel Sun 29-Dec-13 21:44:23

Glad you got home for christmas, how are things going> I always find music helps me.xx

FreezingFingers Mon 06-Jan-14 08:05:45

I've survived it
Hopefully going home today grin
Section has been discharged & I've been voluntary over the weekend (apparently) although whenever I tried to leave I was told no & threatened with a 5.4 (whatever that means) hmm
Bit scared about going home now if I'm honest ..... I feel safe in here even though I'm desperate to go home confused

fluffydressinggown Mon 06-Jan-14 22:06:16

I hope you have been discharged today Freezing, so glad you are feeling better.

mrssmith79 Mon 06-Jan-14 22:24:49

Freezing, a 5-4 is known as nurses holding powers. Just means that if you try to leave and they don't think you're safe to do so, they can keep you in hospital for up to 6 hours until they can round up a consultant to assess you. Very rarely used in my experience. Good luck with your journey to recovery, glad to see it's well underway.

FreezingFingers Tue 07-Jan-14 18:08:45

Thanks everyone
Discharge is planned for tomorrow grin
Don't really feel any different to when I was admitted but they've finally agreed that locking me up in here isn't going to help
Hope everyone else is doing well

SnowyMouse Tue 07-Jan-14 18:22:51

Oh that's great news, Freezing! I hope you get some help to recover.

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