Pre-ECT: Doctor Clearance

Today I had a full physical in preparation for ECT.  If you want to have your brain to go sizzle and pop, there’s a lot of preparation involved.  When you think about how low-functioning depressed people are, it’s really a miracle that they ever make it into ECT, because there are so many prerequisites, and they all feel like mountains to be climbed.  On a good day it’s hard to get me to the doctor.  Today the temperature was forty degrees colder than yesterday, (twenty instead of sixty), and snowing.  How in the hell did I get in to that car?  I guess I want my bean fried.

The doctor gave me a thorough examination, including an EKG (fully functioning heart, thank you very much) and I got oodles of tubes of blood taken out of me.  I have no idea what kind of blood tests they are.  CBC-whatchumafuckit was all I read.  It must be serious.

Just for shits and giggles I got a flu shot as well.  You know last year’s flu shot didn’t do shizznit for me, I still got the flu (RSV?  TB?  HIV?  Something like that) and I had to miss Christmas.  Yeah.  It was a bad one.  So why I took the shot again I don’t know.  I guess if I got the flu, and I didn’t get the shot, I’d be bitching at myself and saying “You should have gotten the flu shot!”  Now if I get the flu I can just say hey, I did my best to avoid the damn plague.

The workday was another struggle from one task to the next.  I guess I have resigned myself to the fact that it’s going to be a struggle right now.  There’s something organic up there in my brain that makes things seem hard.  I don’t know what it is.  I look forward to this being different in the future.

The next big challenge is Tuesday’s ECT Consult.  I need to work on my pages of paperwork.  It feels like homework.  I will do it this weekend somehow. 

Well I am going to try some Bipolar on Fire!  Fire!  Fire!  in the kitchen wizardry now…beware!  This might be magic!  Then again it may just be chicken pot pie.  Something for a cold night.  Peach out homiezzzzzzzz and thanks for reading.

3 thoughts on “Pre-ECT: Doctor Clearance

    • I suppose I should clarify my question. I mostly wonder what you are hoping to gain from it, and what made you look into it. My bipolar teen is not responding well at all to any of the drugs or therapy we have tried, and although I would not want to try ECT at this point, I am trying to learn everything I can about bipolar disorder and all the available treatments. My goal is to help her get to her 20s in one piece as happy and successfully as she can be. Thanks. I am glad to see you are still kicking ass!

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