the speakeasy visits trifextra’s week sixty-four: 33 words, plus 3

My Mother’s Turbulence

The charge nurse’s smile was lost somewhere between her mouth and her eyes. “It may seem barbaric in this century, but many agitated patients relax after electroshock. Other therapies become easier.”

Easier for whom, I wondered.

Let's give a hand to our winner,

This fiction was written for Trifextra: Week Sixty-four.

23 Responses to “the speakeasy visits trifextra’s week sixty-four: 33 words, plus 3”

  1. Scriptor Obscura April 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    This has to win. Best one so far, in my opinion.

    • Flood April 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Thank you, you made my day.

  2. Erica M April 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Nice to see your writing somewhere else besides a challenge or speakeasy post intro. Have you done Trifextra in this space before?

  3. Draug419 April 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    A most excellent question!

    • Flood April 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      I recently discovered that ECT is being used, in Canada anyway, to calm difficult, elderly patients, who suffer from dementia and can’t seem to settle. That really worries me. Thanks for popping by, Draug.

      • Bee April 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

        ECT is currently used in the U.S. I’ve had the treatment before. It’s not as barbaric as it once was or as its still portrayed in the media.

        • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

          Do you think it’s a more valuable practice once in a while or as a regular therapy? I wonder if it loses its potency over time.

          Also, when the idea was first introduced to you, were you scared? I bet it’s scary, initially.

          • Bee April 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

            I underwent maintenance ECT, which was one outpatient session once a month for a year. The initial therapy consists of 6 inpatient sessions, every other day for 2 weeks. Yes, it did eventually stop working. I was fortunate that Pristiq had just come out because that has worked for me since.

            When it was first introduced to me, I had been undergoing both pharmaceutical and talk therapy for 12 years, so it was definitely a last resort. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but by the time ECT came up, I was suffering from drug-resistant depression. At that point, I wasn’t scared when my doctor suggested ECT; I was desperate.

            But with any unfamiliar medical procedure, of course I was anxious and scared about what to expect.

  4. JannaTWrites April 21, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Scary! “Other therapies become easier” gave me a shiver.

    • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      I think idea is that, for some people, ECT resets the brain to a place where other therapies (meds, cognitive, etc) become more effective. I think when family or a partner has to approve of ECT for a loved one, it causes a lot of heartache and second-guessing. It’s so hard to make decisions like that for other people, you know?

  5. Trifecta April 21, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    This is awesome. Thanks for linking up at our place! ECT is widely practiced in many places, and some folks find great relief when other therapies have failed. All of that being said, just the idea of it scares the bejesus out of me.

    • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Ack! ‘Relief’ is the word I was searching for when writing this.

      Thanks for having me.

  6. Suzanne April 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Flood, this is such a wonderful, haunting piece. That last line sums it up perfectly! So nice to see you at the Trifextra!

    • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks, Suzanne!

  7. Gina April 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Uh…Scary to even think this is practiced although I believe it is. Just reminds me of that scene in “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest” but that wasn’t re: the elderly. I hope you win this baby because this is the most creative and different this week!

    • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Thank you! The unofficial tagline at the speakeasy is “Think about how others will use the prompts and go in a different direction.”

  8. Love The Bad Guy April 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Oh, OH! I adore this so much, I can’t even put it into proper words. It’s just so… macabre? chilling? dark?

    Whatever it is, I am loving it! Really well done.

    • Flood April 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

      Well, thank you for saying so!

  9. Paula J April 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    The charge nurse’s smile was lost somewhere between her mouth and her eyes. That is a great line.

  10. Jester Queen April 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    The way the hospital staff can deliver these horrific … sentences so blandly, leaving the family dumbstruck. You captured that perfectly.

  11. KymmInBarcelona April 22, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    It is all relative, then. Love where the smile got lost.

  12. mindofshoo April 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Simply brilliantly written Flood. Amazing.

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