I was discharged yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, my inpatient psychiatrist didn’t feel that we needed to go down the ECT route; I told him that my short-term memory is finally improving since my last ECT treatment (March 2017).
He talked to my outpatient psychiatrist, and they agreed that changing my mood stabilizer, Tegretol (carbamazepine) to lithium will be my treatment plan. Because I’ll need blood tests in the first few weeks while transitioning from one medication to the other, the inpatient psychiatrist suggested that we begin changing the med after I return from a short vacation that my husband and I are taking next weekend. However, I do have an appointment scheduled with my psychiatrist on Tuesday.
It felt great to be discharged after a pretty short stay (5 days); most patients had longer stays on average. I thought for sure they’d keep me until this Friday or next Monday.
However, as my husband and I walked to the car, I felt scared about going home. What if I go back to my old routine instead of the new one I picked up in the hospital? (I’ll write more about my inpatient experience in later posts.) Fortunately, I was uncompromising this morning with regard to my routine: I followed the new, healthier routine, including showering as soon as I get out of bed.
Although I’m no longer suicidal and feel better, I still have a lot of healing to do. If I can’t keep up with reading your posts, I apologize. Also, I apologize for my husband not responding to the comments you left on his post. He doesn’t know the ins and outs of WordPress/blogging very well lol!
Thank you all so much for your love, support, and encouragement. The WordPress, particularly the mental health community, is truly awesome. <3 <3 <3