November 30, 2005

It’s Good To Be Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 7:42 pm

I took a long break from blogging, had a nervous breakdown (could the two possibly be related?), and now I’m baaack. You may remember seeing my old blog, OkeyDokey Let’s Get Started. This one’s just going to be called Chapterhouse.

About that nervous breakdown. Well, killing off my old blog should have been a clue. I mean, wasn’t that suicidal? Drinking wine every night was another clue. I come from a long line of alcoholics. I’ve spent close to a month in the loony bin and have now had five ECTs (electro-convulsive therapy treatments), also known as “riding the lightning.” This morning I forgot the PIN to my bank card! That’s it. No more ECTs. That’s not the kind of memory loss I’m willing to sacrifice. There’s this woman who takes the treatments with me and every single time she tells me and the others waiting that this is her second set of ECTs this YEAR, and that the first time around, she forgot how to drive and also something else that I cannot REMEMBER NOW that she forgot.

Can you imagine listening to this every time you are going to have a treatment? Can you even imagine having the treatment itself? Here’s what happens. You lay down on the table and the anesthetist puts in a line in your right hand. The nurse hands you this plastic mouthpiece and tells you, “Bite this,” while the doc swabs two areas on your head with alcohol. Then someone puts a clear plastic thingy over your nose and mouth and you don’t remember anything until later when you are sitting up and groggily asking, “Have I had the procedure yet?” and everyone is saying, “Yes.”

Not the best way to start a morning! But it’s better than the alternative. Yes, it’s good to be back.



  1. Welcome back, cutie.

    Comment by pooks — November 30, 2005 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  2. Hey, Lass (Candylass):

    As I said in my email, that post was a real shocker (Couldn’t resist!)

    Glad you’re back. Stick around for a while! BTW, are you still in Texas, or did you move? Moving would give ANYbody a nervous breakdown!


    Comment by Duke_of_Earle — November 30, 2005 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  3. H my gosh, what a welcome e-mail, I am so glad to have you back, now maybe I will get busy on mine again, been pretty slack. Glad to hear you are better.

    Comment by Creta — November 30, 2005 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  4. Welcome back, FaveFrıend of The Lovely One. I’ve mıssed you — but then agaın, I have mıssed everyone. It’s comıng up on a month over here ın Mıddle East/Central Asıa! am ın Istanbul Ataturk (ıs that anythıng lıke Attaboy?) Aırport; see ya soon I hope!

    Comment by Steve — December 1, 2005 @ 1:04 am | Reply

  5. I just got out of bed, found this, and now know I am going to have a good day!

    I am so happy for you, Candace. Keep smiling.

    And you know me: I will be back, EVERY day.

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — December 1, 2005 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  6. I’m so sad that we have lost your previous blog entries.
    I’m very happy to have you back tho’.

    Comment by akaGrace — December 2, 2005 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  7. I’m sorry things plummeted for you but I’m very glad you’re back. You were missed!
    This thing’s only letting me comment via blogger but my new blog is at

    Come see me sometime!–>

    Comment by Garnet — December 2, 2005 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

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