Monday, September 24, 2007

Bipolar disorder

Believe it or not, I found this link looking for help with the Wildflower pattern. I thought that if I could find someone's blog that had done it, I could find howto do this blasted thing. I was scrolling down and reading, I now have insight as to what bipolar is. I wonder how many of us know of someone, work with someone or live with someone who is bipolar. I work with someone that has it. It is not the easiest thing in the world to do. It is very frustrating to say the least. The one thing I can say is that she has a good heart. she means well but, can't function like the rest of us. I will not use the word normal. What is normal anyway. How can we even begin to understand what thee people are going through if we don't have it. sure we can read books, or blogs, or listen to stories but, to fully understand it, we have to be able to put ourselves in their shoes. How can we do that?
I myself, and speaking only for myself, have been WAY too hard on her. Not speaking to her, does not make the problem go away. Talking about issues that come up does not make the problem go away. Oh sure..she's on meds and stuff but, even at that? It is not making her "normal". Ok I said it. After reading this blog, I felt like crying because of the way this girl has been treated. It is NOT HER FAULT! she did not choose to be this way. I think it is nature's way of seeing how much patience we really have. Not so much sympathy, empathy maybe.
Here we are.trying to get her fired and it's not right. She WANTS to work. When she does work, she does really well. Her attention span is that of a gnat. I always use this analogy for myself but she has me beat. She is really good person and does not do things to hurt others intentionally. Although she has in the past, I am not sure what triggered it.
I try and treat others as I would like to be treated. I don't always stop and think how my actions affect others either. Sometimes I'm sure it's very hurtful. I do so much charity work helping others, why is it easier to help the ones we don't know and are far away? I don't understand that.
I have 4 days off to think about this and to come to some kind of solution. For me. Nobody else.

Until next time...

1 comment:

Sandie said...

How true. So often we just think "that person is nuts" when we have no idea what is really going on with them. I do not personally know anyone who has been diagnosed with this disorder but I do know people who seem to have extremes of ups and downs and act inexplicably at times. They are indeed hard to deal with. There are so many people in the world. Perhaps we think we don't need that person - there are plenty others who are easier to deal with. On the other hand, perhaps God put that person in our lives for a reason. We just need to figure out what it is. We are in control of our reactions and our actions. Good luck!