- How do you address the issue of cognitive and memory impairments?
- What are your top 3 reasons for being an advocate for ECT?
- What are the differences between ‘old’ ECT and ‘modern’ ECT?
Ooh La La!
So much fun to play dress up! When I was a scrub, a solid big boned unkempt of the Cleveland National Forest bordered lemon groves, when I walked barefoot, disappeared for the entire day in the rattlesnake infested chaparral, when I followed my brothers around like a desperate child, I still liked to play dress-up. I would sneak into my mother’s long closet, a dressing room really, with folding doors. I could hide behind her dresses, or climb up onto her shelves and be nothing more than luggage. But mostly I remember staring at her clothes and shoes. I remember one of her all time best outfits – a blue knit bell-bottomed jumper. A wide white belt with a hand-made gold buckle was an excellent accent. Yes, it would drag down below, but all the better to cover my brown feet.
When I think of my top three reasons for being an advocate for ECT, I think of dress-up. There are so many great options to put on, and I can and do exchange them with aplomb, as Fancy Nancy would say. That’s a French word for poise. It’s fancy. If you catch sight of my brown feet here and there, well, you can’t take the hills out of the psychiatrist I guess.
For today, Reason Numero Uno, (Fancy for #1, in honor of the second language I wanna-be speak):
- It works most consistently, and most quickly of any treatment available. One must pick her fights after all, mustn’t she?
Reason Ithnān, (Arabic for two, in honor of my fancy mother):
- It doesn’t touch “the body,” i.e. metabolics. Clean.
Reason Trois, pronounced I think like, twa, (Fancy Nancy’s favorite language. Need anyone explain? “French is fancy”):
- It involves others. Community rocks. On so many levels.
For example, just by requiring someone to help with transportation, it’s built in. That thereby inherently increases community awareness of mental illness, something we rarely speak of with each other.
Then there is the medical staff. Our nurses are every patient’s advocate. Our masseuse increases oxytocin and other healing neurotransmitters when the patient’s get their massage waiting for treatment and then when in recovery. Our anesthesiologists are knowledgable, see the patient in their “whole person,” often picking up other issues that then will get the patient to receive treatment and improve the patient’s quality of life (QOL); such as hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, etc…
There’s more, but basically in ECT, none of our patient’s are alone. That stands.
Question: What are the top three reasons you prefer the treatments you engage in?
Self-care Tip: It is always helpful to write out why you are doing what you are doing, when it comes to medical treatments.