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Clay and Michael are given anaesthetic for their shock treatment.
We sit together in the lounge, and Michael asks him why
he's not wearing the blue hospital robes.
"The shock shop won't let you in without them."
Clay points at him and screams so loudly we all shake.
"I need to lie down," he whispers,
and the nurses surround him
and gently lead him away.
He's so quiet and sweet on the ward,
but for a single moment, he's terrifying.
Michael is upset, and I try to tell him that Clay's unwell,
that we're all unwell.
He was hearing voices this morning,
and staring into nothing.
And I hope he's okay,
that he'll be okay.
From my most recent hospitalisation.
Clay was another patient with me in the psychiatric ward.
He suffers from schizophrenia, and was scared about going to shock treatment (ECT) that morning. It made him angry. But his control was amazing. In a split second his anger was terrifying, but he stopped, stepped back and decided he wanted to lie down. What amazing control. I really liked Clay.
scheherazadenerai Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Shock Shop is from Cuckoo's Nest is it not?

The random scream really impacted me. Just incredible how some unseen force could impact him for a few seconds, then fade to a whisper. You've got a really good sense of timing.
Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I don't know. Many patients call it the 'shock shop' or 'electro' or just 'shock'.
thank you :hug:
AlecBell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
It all sounds so cruel.
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