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Christa waited for what seemed to be a lifetime for Joe’s psychiatrist to come and talk to her.  

“Mrs. Aden?  Good to see you again. I’ve just evaluated your son, and what he is experiencing is perfectly normal for this type of treatment. I assure you that the memory loss is short term.” 
“Right now his mind is trying to block out the past and the events in his life that brought him here in the first place.  As we discussed, he experienced a very traumatic experience for a young boy that he clearly has never dealt with emotionally.  As he continues with the remaining treatments, he will actually begin to regain the rest of his memory.  Successful electroconvulsive therapy, however, should block out those things in his life that were contributing to his depression, so our hope would be that the accident will be erased from his memory forever.”  
The psychiatrist continued to explain to Christa that Joe would continue to have the shock treatments every day until he had the full 12 treatments.  

Christa left the hospital trying to convince herself that the doctor was right.  After all, this was the Mayo Clinic.

What she didn’t know is that the psychiatrist felt the first treatment had been a failure, so he ordered a higher-than-normal intensity of treatment for the remainder of Joe’s electroconvulsive therapy.  He reasoned that perhaps it was because of Joe’s unusually large size that the first treatment didn’t seem to work as well as it should have.

Facts:  Joe did receive his electroconvulsive therapy at the Mayo Clinic.  Stories relayed to me indicated that Joe did receive a higher “dosage” than normal because of his size.

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