After meeting with her psychiatrist yesterday, Angela has decided to continue her bilateral electroconvulsive therapy treatments for intractable drug resistant depression and suicidal ideation.
She told me that she had considered going back to unilateral ECT, which is gentler, but generally less effective.
However, after consulting with her psychiatrist, she has chosen to solider on with bilateral ECT, which has proven considerably more beneficial in her case, despite developing problems with her memory.
"The side effects are not permanent, so I will continue with the bilateral treatments," she said of her increasingly "annoying" memory issues. "And I have only three weeks left."
Angela is planning to go back to school in June and her psychiatrist assured her that she should be fine by then.
Prior to having her fifth bilateral ECT treatment at 7:15 a.m. this morning, she had 12 unilateral ECT treatments.