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Sorry for not getting back to you all earlier, but I was too hung over, and I'm still a little dizzy.|
No, Nora wasn't schizophrenic when we met. She was a beautiful and lively girl from a fairly well off family. A little spoiled. Her parents are divorced, and both are a bit eccentric, but there is no family history for this illness. She was perfectly fine during the first 2 and half years of our marriage. She even got masters in MIS without difficulty.
The first sign of problem appeared after I got her a job at Pfizer. It was a dream job -- working at the same place as I do, good pay, nice benefits. We built a new house and moved into it. But shortly after, she started to do poorly at work, and started to become more remote. She started asking odd questions. At first, I laughed them off, thinking "silly girl". I had no idea what schizophrenia is like.
Then one day, I returned home to find her crying in the bed. She told me that there is a voice in her head. The next day, I took her to the UMHC. At first, doctors thought she might be suffering from depression, so they prescribed her Prozac. But few weeks later, it became clear that it wasn't working. During one appointment, she became uncooperative. She laughed at the doctor and won't follow instructions. Dr. Chen called security to have her involuntarily admitted into the adult psychiatric ward. But I managed to convince her that she could trust me. So she held onto my arm as security took us to the psych ward. That was her full-blown break down.
She was put on Geodon. Ironically, a drug that we Pfizer made. But to bring her under control, they had to keep on escalating the dose all the way up to 200 mg a day. It worked, but the sideffects were terrible. Her hands and feet shook often, and she's always anxious. She was finally stable enough and was discharged after 11 days. For the last two years, she was largely normal. There are some bad days, but mostly she was well enough to work part time. Although it hurts me to feel my wife tremble in my arms, but at least I had her back.
She wanted to have kids, but obviously it's out of the question. I kept telling her that we couldn’t have children until she's well enough to be off the medication. Her doctors told her the same thing. But after two years of waiting, she decided to take herself off the meds. I didn't notice at first, I had trusted her to take them by herself. But little over two weeks ago, she started to show all the sign of a relapse. I checked her meds, and notice that she had been taking half dose for almost a month now. I took her to see the doctor and then returned to work. But they called me up and told me that her voices are now telling her to harm people.
I rushed back, and was instructed to take her to the psych ER. So after two years, she was readmitted. But now her illness is resistant to Geodon. They put her on Abilify. Two weeks passed they took it to the maximum dose on that as well, and it also failed to bring her under control. She is now refusing to take the medication, so they are switching to the injectable form of Zyprexa. In addition to that, they are also giving her a low dose of Geodon, Indural, and Clonzapam. So many meds.