Post # 61
Your note was just lovely, thank you so much for that. It’s your open and tender heart that has made you so vulnerable.
I totally get the need to sleep part. Are you doing consecutive days?
Looking forward to reading about your first experience.
Post # 62
sassy411 : It has been making me crazy sleepy, up until today’s treatment which actually makes me kind of feeling energized.
I had one-hour infusions yesterday which I slept through and another one today which I was awake during, then I have hopefully 4 treatments next week.I actually think I posted in the main lounge and then promptly deleted it because it was gibberish and a quote from parks and rec…
I feel like this was a really expensive effective spa treatment but I do feel really good emotionally and was actually thinking about my future again which I haven’t done in a very long time.
I found out if I was to do this for my nerve pain it would be 5 hours each, which I can’t even imagine. An hour was super weird, being there for 5, I would likely drive the nursing staff nuts with my incessant talking. I have my pain mostly under control with herbals and oxy but also it would like $1500 per session. The anesthesiologist that I am working with says he tries to know his pian sessions out in two back to back sessions but that is like $3k.
Anyway, You should share your experience with it. I thought about making a new post but then decided against it since it is directed at such a niche group and technically I am still in treatment so I can not give a conclusive resolution yet.
Are you finished with yours? How are you feeling?
Post # 63
Eventually, I will create a thread. It will likely be in the next few days.
I’m sure the doctor told you, but the improvements in your depression start out very subtly, it won’t hit you over the head “hey, I’m not depressed anymore!”. The kind of shift you’re describing, starting to think about your future, that’s exactly the kind of thing that is supposed to happen. So, it seems as if you’re responding well!
And you can continue to improve for quite awhile after your last treatment.
They set me up on two hour sessions, on six consecutive days. That’s not the typical protocol for depression. We’re trying to get rid of neuropathic itching. The effect on my depression is a perk.
Six days in a row gets a bit tiring and extremely distracting. I’ve not been able to get anything else done. So, I decided early to surrender and declare a six day holiday. No work, no research, unless I feel like it, and most importantly, no getting on the scale every morning. And I’ve been a bit absent minded.
Today will be my last treatment.
I’ve felt subtle mood shifting as well. I am noticeably less irritable with Dh. The experience of him being my Katemine companion is really strengthening our bond, which was feeling pretty ragged to me.
Ok, my darling. Keep us informed, please.
Post # 64
Ok, Bee, as per your request. The thread about my experiences is up. I tried to tag you, but alas, I couldn’t quite figure that out.
Post # 65
pantsapocalypse : Hey – I came across this article while reading on my coffee break this morning and it made me think of you / this thread:
How is your treatment going? Have you started?
Post # 66
sboom : Not great. I had two different types of PTSD and it helped the most recent one. It helped me turn my depression from crisis level to no longer being a danger to myself, which is big but I didn’t have the complete 180 I had hope for.
Currently, I am gearing up to try ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) which is way less scary then it sounds and looking into a few other alternatives.
Post # 67
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pantsapocalypse : I know someone who had incredible experiences with ECT. That plus a lot of therapy (like, twice per week for a year) gave her a semi-normal life again. Good luck <3
Post # 68
pantsapocalypse : I’m kind of surprised they didn’t try ECT first.
Post # 69
pantsapocalypse : dang. Sorry it didn’t end up being the Holy Grail you’d hoped it would be, but I’m glad to hear it at least helped! Good luck with the ect!
Post # 70
sunburn : I did a drug trial years ago that make me think ketamine would be more effective so my psychiatrist suggested I try it first since it is less time consuming. Niether is a complete fix.
manylovesbee1 : It is insanely effective, actually but due to the stigma most doctors don’t suggest it.
sboom : Thank you! Honestly, I may just need time.