I think things are on the up and up after having ECT yesterday because I feel good this morning. Usually I still feel foggy and out of it into the next day but I feel surprisingly motivated. It was easy to take a shower and brush my teeth; no herculean effort necessary. Since I am feeling rather good, I think I will do the big load of laundry that needs doing. I also have another computer project for my brother. Since my brother is also going to be doing property management for some customers, he wants a way for his customers to be able to file work orders electronically. I have just the solution for him called Request Tracker. The beauty of Request Tracker is that it is open source and free. I will stand up a demo server and have him give it a shot.
I find myself wondering what new treatments there are for mental illness that are out on the horizon. I know about ketamine and the potentials for psilocybin but neither are particularly new anymore. I desperately want something that is less symptom management and more a cure. Right now ECT is closer to curative than simply symptom management but I would really like to not have to take all of these medicines to be able to function. I wonder why there is not more effort in searching for a cure. At least the National Alliance on Mental Illness is really pushing for cures and is trying to highlight efforts at a cure. I really like what NAMI stands for and how they are trying to help people manage their mental illness and help family members and caregivers.
I am also thinking that I would like to be going back to work in a part-time capacity. I just haven’t gotten a call back from the outfit that I called. I really want to do something simple like drive a bus for Christiana Hopsital. They have a shuttle that goes from the parking lots to the various parts of the hospital. It looks easy and very low stress. I guess today’s mission will also be to place a follow-up phone call to the company that staffs for that position. I also would like to see if I can get hired as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I would like to work with and help people who suffer from mental illness like myself. The one thing that I know I do not want to do is work in Information Technology for a living as those days are long behind me.