I am a rapid cycling bipolar I, extremely bad bipolar in all regards. I tried every drug on the market and I was still not stable. I have a Psychiatrist who is renowned, as well as an expert cognitive therapist.
After taking every drug on the market, I had two choices, ECT or Lithium. I was scared to death of both of them, however, I chose Lithium. I went EVERY 3 weeks for blood draws on Creatinin levels. It was always OK, 1.0 - 1.1.
One day I was at the hairdressers and since I've been with him and all the rest for 18 years they know me well. I left and he called my husband and told him something was wrong with me. He closed the salon, so everyone could look for me. I WAS DRIVING A CAR !!! I do not remember anything.
I arrived DOA in complete renal failure, creatinin level 9.0. Two weeks before my level was 1.0, to this day, no one has any idea what happened ? I only have 30% kidney function and I keep getting sick.
Any advise on helping myself do more to get my life back ? After being housebound for a year, it's time.