27 Apr 2018

A student at Barrow Mental Hospital


I thought I ought to post a link on the Back Porch Forum. It’s a link to an essay or history I’ve written about my three months working as a psychiatric student in a large mental hospital. I was given free accommodation in exchange for suturing patients with superficial cuts and lacerations. Some might find it interesting. Except for a change of names it is factual.


I'd say front porch, for sure. Cool

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Ah, but he left one of the best bits out because he thought it was too funny to be believed............Sarah 

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Yes … Dr Wheldon. A long piece of reading indeed. I didn’t actually read it for myself; I used Speakona to read it to me in the voice of Professor Stephen Hawking.Yes, I was tempted to comment … but of course, I don’t need to: you read my mind! For my part, I tried to read between the lines.For those that cannot picture a setting, here are some Google images of that place:https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Barrow+Hospital&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6vu6miJ7MAhVrJMAKHZxKD30Q_AUICCgC&biw=2133&bih=1065&dpr=0.9 LaughingG.

“Don't believe everything you read on the internet.”

―    Abraham Lincoln


Thanks for reading. It must have taken you some time using Speakonia. The story is mostly historically true. I really did have myself put in a strait-jacket and padded cell. I think it’s very salutary for a medic to know what patients go through. (And they really did forget me.)  And of course, being investigative, I downloaded Speakonia and listened to some of the story for myself. It’s very spooky, listening to your own work read by a robot. It seemed to be the work of another. A study of PubMed shows a few papers with an association of C. pneumoniae infection and schizophrenia. (My room was on the top floor - the second window from the right in this photo: http://www.davidwheldon.co.uk/barrow-woodside1.PNG )

D W - [Myalgia and hypertension (typically 155/95.) Began (2003) taking doxycycline and macrolide and later adding metronidazole. No medication now. Morning BP typically 110/75]

A fascinating read. Caving is primal - it really tests you physically and emotionally. I've seen a lot of links on pubmed for schizophrenia and porphyria. David, have you seen anything on infection and bipolar disorder? My brother has been diagnosed as bipolar, and I suspect infection of some kind.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Doing Thibault protocol (NAC/mino/roxi/tini/nattokinase)...but considering morphing to Stratton protocol