Shannon Fitzpatrick SGB Update - 3 Months Later
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Shannon Fitzpatrick SGB Update

November 13, 2020 | 3:02

Shannon Fitzpatrick is an intensive care nurse on the front lines of the pandemic, who’s already endured a lifetime of personal trauma. She was skeptical about getting an injection that would help her post-traumatic stress. Not anymore!

I really do a hatchet job on myself. I become hyper critical.

Intensive Care Nurse Shannon before the stellate ganglion block.

I’m fat, I’m ugly. I’m not a good nurse. I’m not smart enough. I’m not you know, I’m not enough. That’s really at the end of the day, I’m not enough.

I’m strong and fierce and capable, but fragile and feminine. And, you know, and loving. It’s not that I don’t feel things. I do. It’s part of what makes me wonderful at my job.

Just weeks after getting the shot, Shannon had the confidence to move from treating COVID patients in a New York City hospital to a similar job in Houston.

Leaving to go to Texas to battle the coronavirus, 2,000 miles away from everyone and everything I know and love and have been around my whole life was not something I would have even considered a few months ago, before the procedure.

Unlike other therapies, SGB patients do not need to relive their trauma.

When I tell people I don’t need to know I don’t care. I don’t care what was done to you, who did, when, how often, makes no difference. Let me help you. That’s a very powerful thing for somebody.

Of the three PTSD patients, two combat vets and Shannon, she was by far the most skeptical that the procedure would actually work. Not anymore.

I’m so glad I got this done. I feel like a veil has been lifted. I really do. I feel like I’m gonna get emotional. I feel like I can see things for what they actually are now.

Other people’s opinions or feelings or whatever, just doesn’t define me anymore. I define me. Am I everywhere I want to be? No, but I am well on my way and I have never taken care of myself emotionally. I’ve never put me first. I put me first this time.

And now, Shannon is never turning back.

I was almost addicted to the constant chaos.

After 51 years, she says she’s finally at peace with herself.

The freedom from a constant inner dialogue that never has anything nice to say. If that is the only thing that I got from the shot, then I got a gift that you can’t put a price on.

So, I’m profoundly grateful.

Up next: we check in with Joe and hear about some dramatic changes in his life after the stellate ganglion block.

It was like a film was taken off. Seeing the world in a completely different way.


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