Posted by Ritch on September 14, 2002, at 9:50:31
In reply to Re:ECT update, posted by Chloe on September 13, 2002, at 22:24:58
> Hi Everyone,
> I am happy to report that switching to bilateral ECT has proven to be very effective. (Shellli, I inquired about bifrontal and it's not available at my hospital.) My mood is much improved. I laugh, smile, and am starting to get involved in some things. This is very exciting and fun! I just can't believed I missed the whole summer feeling depressed.
> The only downside is that my hair is falling out in handfuls. I don't know if it's from the anesthesias/medications or if my hair is just stressed and is shedding. I've always had long think hair, so this is somewhat difficult. But not a huge deal.
> The memory impairment is not too bad. I have to ask more questions about my activities of daily living since changing to bilateral. But right now I think it's kinda funny! And it's such a relief to have a break from the emotional pain and darkness.
> I feel very grateful that my pdoc suggested ECT and helped me get connected in a nice outpatient unit. It's really amazing to arrive at 10am, go to sleep, and walk out about 12 noon feeling fine :). I have had 10 treatments, 2 bilateral. I don't know how many more I will have in total. But so far so good!
Wow!, I am glad you are feeling a lot better. I can really see it in your writing. Kind of like a big dark storm has passed and the sun *popped* out. Keep us updated, I didn't realize there were so many individual sessions. Now I know what my grandmother must have went through.. whew!