Sometimes nurses make a difference and today was one of those days. I have been taking care of M. for a few days, but I have taken care of him before on a previous admission for the same thing. I know this young man well and it pains me to see him destroy himself. M. is a 30 year old substance abuser especially alcohol but drugs also. He was admitted with severe DT’s having seizures. He is always a handful at first and then he turns into a little boy. He has a history of bipolar disease, and he is manipulative having surrounded himself with a host of characters just like himself, great fun but self destructive. His older sister has tried to help him but it’s been hard on them.
M. calls me ”the IRA” (the Irish Republican Army) because he says I don’t put up with his shit and he actully likes it. Today his sister became his POW; Power Of Attourney. He will go to a long term rehab. facility in a few days and MAYBE give himself a chance at living. Today nursing came through for this young man and forced his physicians to think past the acute phase of his illness because he needs long term care. He can’t do it alone. Now he has a real chance to survive and spend time with his 2 children, who he does love, but he doesn’t know anymore how to be anything other than a drunk and a bum.
Now he has no choice but to change, at least for the next 3 months. If down the road he falls off the wagon again, we will at least know we did all we could, we gave him the chance. I want him so bad to rise up and be the man I know he can be. Substance abuse is a terrible illness to save this one would be so awesome!