Another long overdue post. I’d say I am emerging from the ECT fog fairly well. Memories are coming back, some with a vengeance. Some parts of my life are getting more stable, some are about the same, some are a bit worse.
After the ECT, I started to get manic, then mixed, with the removal of most of my medication (for the purposes of getting ECT). I managed to get put back on Lithium a few weeks ago, and that has been helpful. I go in tomorrow to draw labs and see if I am at a therapeutic dose. It sure does take a long time to get into my system, but it helps greatly with mania and mixed episodes.
The past few weeks, I have been very angry. I mean, fighting mad most of the time. That is abating, but the recurrence of PTSD nightmares has remained. I am sleeping about four or five interrupted hours a night, due to nightmares. I am afraid to go to bed, afraid to stay in bed, just afraid. I had hoped I would never be back here again, but I guess that is too much to ask.
I start a new DBT group next week. I am hopeful about it. I met the group leader last week and she reminds me of Goddess of Mindfulness, so that much at least is comforting. I have been probably less than honest with my individual therapist about the troubles I have been having, but have plans to really work a bit harder in there because, with Medicaid, I could be without a therapist at any time.
And yes, I do still have issues to work on. Lots of them. I am hopeful that, with the addition of DBT, I’ll get back to some good coping skills and maybe start sleeping again and decrease the hysterical crying episodes. Right now the nightmares and the crying episodes are still daily things. So, while feeling much better than before, still not quite up to par.
I know I’ll get there, eventually. I have had great support from friends and family, and I just want to take a moment to say “thanks!” and also acknowledge that my significant other, LarBear, has been awesome overall. There is a learning curve to each recovery period from a big fall, and I still feel like I am falling short of the curve. At least at this point, I want to keep trying.