Tales from the Psych Ward Part IV

My psychiatrist agreed to discontinue my Mental Health Act certification and make me voluntary! It doesn’t actually change anything about what’s happening with my treatment, but it does make me feel better about the whole thing.

We talked about the inaccurate charting from the psych ER about me being paranoid and yelling. He didn’t come right out and say it was bullshit, but I think that was mostly him not wanting to openly slam colleagues rather than him thinking it was accurate.

He’s ordered accompanied passes for me to be able to leave the hospital with my brother. This is a busy weekend for my brother because it’s my niece’s birthday tomorrow, so it won’t be until Tuesday that I get to go home and see the guinea pig children.

I found out that my ECT is scheduled for two treatments a week for the next five weeks. Normally, ECT would be done three treatments a week, and my psychiatrist wasn’t sure why it was scheduled just two a week. I’m hoping I can get it changed to three a week, as just doing two a week would prolong my hospitalization unnecessarily.

That’s about it for this update. Thank you all so much for your support!

You can also read Tales from the Psych Ward part I | part II | part III | part V | part VI

81 thoughts on “Tales from the Psych Ward Part IV”

  1. Good things happening. I’m happy for you. I hope you get the response from the ECT that you’re hoping for. I’m still sending you good thoughts.

  2. Glad things are going well, or at least a bit better! Thank you for this update and I do hope you can get them to add that 3rd appointment every week, especially if you feel you may benefit greatly from it!
    Wishing you all the best β™₯ πŸ€— good luck πŸ€

  3. I am so happy to hear that your self-advocacy has turned things around. I wish you continued progress in your treatment!!! Hugs and positive vibes!

  4. *phew*! I’m very happy to read that things have turned a corner and that you’re feeling so much more positive. As you initiated the treatment, obviously you recognized warning signs. The way you were treated initially though is (in my private opinion) why more folks probably don’t seek professional help when it’s needed. I realize the medical professionals (doctors and nurses, aides and everyone) is under extreme pressure and that there is a dire need for caring people to start taking up those jobs. As it stands (again opinion) it seems that the less qualified in terms of education, but also in the proper character to deal with people with mental illness (compassion, understanding, caring) are doing those jobs. That’s terrifying. I’m very very glad that things are looking up and that you get to see your piggies soon. For me the worst part of my commitment to the psych ward was not seeing my fur kids and having a husband that didn’t give two shits if I were locked up or not. You have good support obviously. Be thankful your brother is a good man. Too many of the other kind wandering around loose. Take care and I’ll be reading! πŸ€—

    1. I’m definitely lucky that my brother is so supportive. My psychiatrist was asking if I was expecting him to visit often, and I answered that visiting me is far less important to me than him visiting the fur children regularly.

      One of my blogging friends had a stay in a community crisis home a while back and was able to have her dog with her as her emotional support animal. I thought that was so great that they allowed that, and it’s definitely more therapeutic than separating people from their furbabies.

  5. Glad to see that your doctor is on the same page as you are now. Makes it so much easier when both are reading the same plot. Take good care and continue to put your needs first and advocate!

  6. Thank goodness for that progress! It must feel so much better. Now here’s great thoughts towards getting 3 treatments/week! I hope you enjoy your trip to see your adorable guinea pigs! Sending good thoughts! <3

  7. Glad for the good news and I’m hoping the ECT will help a lot. Glad you were able to advocate for yourself with your psychiatrist.

  8. Here’s hoping your psychiatrist can help you reschedule to 3 ECT sessions a week too. You deserve to be able to feel better soon and to see your fur kids fast β€πŸ’ž

  9. Yay! Thank goodness for this positive news! Keep up the good fight, you’re making significant changes and I think you’re incredibly strong for doing it all the while being the person THEY should be caring for. But here you are trying to improve things for all of us and I have so much respect and admiration for you!

  10. I’m so glad. It makes a big difference, I think, having that control. I’m glad you were listened to and have access to things like passes: the fur babies are going to be so happy.

  11. I’m really happy to hear this, Ashley!! I worked inpatient when I trained at my practicum and I know exactly what you’re talking about with the unnecessary force and poor treatment of folks in the hospital. My heart is broken that you’re experiencing this :(. But I’m very happy to hear things are looking up!

    Keep the strong self-advocacy and know that we’re all here pulling for you!

  12. I am so glad that he listened to you and changed the mistakes. Your voice is most powerful.
    Oh how I remember getting my 1st passes to leave the hospital and what a huge thing it was to go have ice cream with my kids. Terrifying because of my anxiety but amazing because the kids were too young to visit otherwise.
    Keep using your voice, it is being heard!!!
    Do you feel like the ECT is helping now that you have the right anesthesia? ❀️

  13. So glad for you that you are now voluntary! It makes a huge difference in how you feel about your treatment whether or not it changes the care at all. (I speak from experience.) Also, it appears to be true πŸ™‚ that you are your own best advocate! Excellent news that the doc heard you on this. Best wishes that he will hear you as well on the 3 per week ECT schedule. Thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery….

  14. hellokittyfromhell

    I’m sorry to hear about what happened, it is with relief knowing that things are improving. Fingers crossed, I hope you feel better soon and you’ve done a great job advocating for yourself! Hugs and love 🧑

  15. I’m relieved that someone is finally listening to you. The way I view the certification issue is that when you’re certified you feel powerless, unable to direct treatment based on past experience and extensive knowledge. Being decertified gave you your power back, so it does change things. I’m so proud of you for being your own best advocate and following through with your concerns even though you are ill. You are STRONG, Ashley. Sorry it took so long for me to read this series of posts. I’ve been dealing with a broken leg and surgery. I will definitely be checking in. Love you

  16. I am VERY glad you’ve been heard and that you’re being made voluntary. Hallelujah! I feel your pain with inaccurate medical records; personally, that shit pisses me off no end and it really doesn’t help current or future situations you find yourself in.

    It’s great the passes have been issued, too. Happy (belated) Birthday to your niece! I’m rather late with this, but did you get to go out this week at all? If you did then I hope it went well and perhaps did you some good, too. All you need now is smooth sailing with treatment and less assholes during your psych vacay, plus the three treatments per week rather than two. That’s a bit weird if three is standard. Fingers crossed that gets sorted soon and put down on paper so nobody contests it.

    Sending lots of best wishes and love your way, Ashley πŸ€— xxxx

  17. Super pleased to read that things are slowly moving forward, and I’m so happy that you’ll get to see the guinea piggles! Xx

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