Overall Nichole is doing well. And thankfully just had a doctor appointment for BC. Unfortunately boyfriend is still very much boyfriend and continues with his own difficult child behavior. Because Nichole no longer reacts to it 99 percent of the time, he actively attempts to goad her into old behavior. He's not even subtle about it these days. The twist? A few months ago Nichole came to me and asked for a Bible. You could've knocked me over with a feather. I'm a very spiritual person but have no use for organized religion. I don't knock anyone else who gains benefit from it. But when you've got a paranoid schizophrenic mother who is also a relgious fanatic to the extreme.....well, it does that to you. I told Nichole I have several in the house but they were being stored and I couldn't get right at them. Nichole said that was fine, she'd go ahead and get one of her own that way she wouldn't have to worry about something happening to mine. She had it mailed here. She didn't feel comfortable with boyfriend knowing she had a Bible. Felt he would make fun of her. She showed it to me and asked if I thought the one she picked would be easy to understand. It doesn't look too bad for that and I told her so. But also told her I have one here that translates it into normal everyday language, so if she gets bogged down to come over and get it. She is reading it cover to cover. This comes as a surprise because (also due to my mother) my kids share my views on organized religion. So I asked what prompted the sudden interest. She said it occured to her that she was placing judgment on something she really didn't know that much about. Reasonable. When I last saw her she told me she's been going to church again with her best friend. I know the church and it has a rep of being a good church with a fairly mellow attitude. So I asked if Aubrey was also going. Nichole said no, cuz she hasn't gotten around to telling boyfriend. I told her it's silly to hide something like that from boyfriend, and that I think Aubrey would at least enjoy sunday school. This all sounds very nice and good. But I've got red flags going off. I'm keeping my mouth shut and my eyes open. Why? Nichole's gfgness is very similar to my mother, with my mother being much more severe. We've been watching her for any signs of schizophrenia every since the Borderline (BPD) diagnosis was first made because psychiatrist didn't want her diagnosed with it at such a young age. I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to judge this objectively or not due to my own experience with my Mom. Then again.....who better to pick up on whether someone is becoming fanatical than a person who has lived with it? I guess what worries me is that all the family I've discussed my Mom's mental illness with, including my bio Dad, tell me that she "found" religion just as the schizophrenia symptoms began to emerge. And when Mom is at her most unstable...she is also her most fanatical. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.