Schizophrenia Disorder – Questioning My Judgment!
Having a son with schizophrenia disorder makes me sometimes question my judgment!
As an example, we thought that finding our son his own apartment would give him a sense of independence and help him to grow as an adult.
However, perhaps we were more interested in wanting less responsibility for ourselves.
Maybe we were discounting his schizophrenia disorder and trying to treat him as a young adult requiring him to learn life's hard lessons on his own.
As I look back I guess I was being selfish! I wanted what all parents wanted! For their kids to grow up and live on their own!
I wanted to be able to have more time to do the things that I wanted to do when kids grow up.
Instead of having more time to do those things we have even less time now than we ever did before.
The schizophrenia disorder has taken over our lives in some ways. Everything we do around the house and trips we plan needs to add his schizophrenia disorder into the mix.
If we leave him behind will he let the dogs outside and then forget about them!
Will he cook something on the stove and then forget to turn the stove off?
Will he go somewhere and forget to lock up the house!
As an example, when he was living on His own we happened to drop in unexpectedly which was quite normal for us. We had a key to his apartment, but would always knock first.
After knocking several times we unlocked the door and walked into a smoke filled room.
He had left a frying pan filled with grease on his stove which was set on high.
Smoke was billowing out of the pan and most likely would have erupted into flames at any minute.
Meanwhile he was in his bedroom sound asleep. He had finished cooking and failed to turn off the burner.
This would have certainly turned into a disaster if God had not sent us there at that time.
Needless to say, everything must be considered as possible with him. The worry alone is exhausting.
Schizophrenia disorder affects much more than just the person who is plagued with it.
Thank you and may God bless you!
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