How Best to Take Care of Myself

Anxiety has been my constant companion at an elevated state since the f*** up at ECT nearly 10 days ago. If my anxiety was at a 9 last week at therapy, it was an 8 this week. Ooooo – totally getting better. Not. I cried through most of the session again this week. And off and on the rest of the day afterward.

This is what I am holding on to. My therapist reminded me that it is my decision whether or not to have ECT. I have been through trauma related to the anesthesia of ECT that I keep reliving every.single.day multiple.times.a.day. Leading to panic and anxiety going up and down all the time. I no longer feel safe in my home or alone. The anxiety is waiting to get me, sometimes as an anxiety attack or as people or things waiting to jump out at me. While ECT has helped my mood like no drug ever did – I found baseline for me! – it has now ruined my life, in my mind. I might be exaggerating, yet I’m miserable now.

Before my next treatment, I have a second opinion appointment which is designed to see if ECT is helping and still beneficial for me. I promised my therapist and mom, I will tell him everything, from how much better my mood is, to the plan to do maintenance treatments so the results last longer, and now how the anxiety from the anesthesia gaff has traumatized me and the anxiety is nearly unbearable.

While I want the decision from me and the second opinion dr to be to stop ECT, I will keep an open mind. Maybe I need to stop for now so the anxiety can subside. Maybe I would need to start up again in the future. Maybe I will ever do it again, and will play pharmaceutical roulette with my psychiatrist if I need it. I just know I Need To Take Care Of Myself. And I’m holding on to ECT being OVER.

5 responses to “How Best to Take Care of Myself

  1. Oh, Dear… I hope you and the second opinon doctor can resolve this ongoing trauma you re experiencing. It sounds horrible.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,,, Please keep us posted on the decision. Take care. xoxox!

  2. I hope the second opinion turns out to be helpful in making a decision.

  3. I have been keeping up with your posts. I have had over 50 ECT treatments myself followed by many rounds of Ketamine infusions. I believe for me there was a point of diminishing returns on the ECT. It certainly wrecked the hell out of my memory. I simply wanted to share my support for you and that I feel your pain of just not knowing if more ECT will be beneficial. Keep the faith and take your time with it. I tried to remind myself that they are “practicing medicine” who knows what the right script is for each patient. Hang in there.

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