Briggs was crying again. His wife, who came with him to our first appointment, looked like a peeled fruit beside him. She was undefended, giving her last layer of self without knowing what would be left. Briggs was one case of serious depression, but his wife; she was heartbreaking. Both of them in their own ways would not last long.
It is not unusual in a specialty clinic to work with people such as Briggs who have been around the treatment shops. Then, finally, in Jane Eyre-style, they appear at my door in the company of death. They have been through therapies, practitioners and churches, but disease resists treatment. Everywhere they walk, it is as if Hades (or Neptune) were visiting. Hope-blossoms wilt as they pass by and those of us who share space, feel like the ground is going to open up and suck us under. It is not uncommon in specialty-care, to be told, “…I have no strength to go further.” Like Jane Eyre, they plead, “I must die if….” (By the way, Charlotte Bronte is the bomb.)
As the person on the other side of this exchange, I have worn down the rainbow of “specialty” options available to offer. And what are they?
I’m going to write more about those options next, but my questions for you today are:
What has worked for you or your loved one? Is there any treatment you think is too extreme to consider to get brain health? Please tell me your story.
Self-Care Tip: Find your specialty care.