I work on the surgical floor in a hospital as a CNA. Many times we have pt's with mental health issues who have surgery, and it can be challenging as many times they are not allowed to have anything to eat or drink, and this includes medications. If they and we are lucky they remain fairly stable. I usually end up with several of these pts as I deal well with them. It is just like being at home. It can be very very hard for me, as it reminds me so much of husband, but I always manage to get compliments on how I deal with and interact with them. I had several of these pts today. It was an emotionally draining day. One pt was BiPolar (BP) I (I assume because her sister who has POA said she was SEVERELY manic bipolar--suicidal and homicidal stuff). She was stable, and very self aware. She knew when she was anxious and asked for medications, she just needed more tlc and patience than many others, but really I did like her. At one point I shared with her that my husband is bipolar. I do not share this with many, but when I do I do it because I think it will put the pt at ease. Every time I have that is the result. I could tell just by looking at the pt when she was getting anxious and would ask if she needed medications, a warm blanket, or the blind pulled down, just stuff that is more calming. When I told her about husband, her response really floored me. She said that she was so glad I said that my husband is bipolar, not my ex. She said people always make a face and grimace and then say their ex is BiPolar (BP). She said it made her feel bad, that she was only bipolar, not a person. I told her that there are times that my husband irritates the heck out of me and I get angry, but that I know that many times the BiPolar (BP) is driving his actions, not him. We then talked about how her husband has problems with this too, but that he sometimes tells her it is all in her head. We got a laugh about that comment, because it is but not in the way he means. I just had to share this, I have been thinking about this all day, and her honesty really impressed me as did her self awareness. I wish my husband could be a little more self aware.