Hi Tini
 
Here is some documentation of my involvement with an interesting Psychiatrist after driving off a cliff and experiencing PTSD. I have redacted "confidential stuff" and added background details. I think there is an interesting story here and an interesting character. Just the fact that our meetings took place on a rather remote farm that was devoted to rescued animals.... Toby the big orange cat sitting on my lap during our sessions... the alpaca watching through the window... the pig... etc etc.
I've started a second edit here but now will leave it alone.
So.. I'm just kinda patching this together.... turning documentation into a story... a true story that can be fact-checked... and... with some embellishment - it could be "fictionalizaing"? -- it could be part of a longer story - or an ongoing story - with the Psychiatrist being part of it - re-emerging - as she is doing now that I'm back in WL - physically and emotionally.
OK
 
William's Lake, April 2010
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At first I thought the walk-in clinic was referring me to a Priest, but it was Dr. Priest - a Psychiatrist - **outdated**Dr. Vona Priest in Dog Creek - 84 Km south of here - the middle of nowhere.
... ... The link is outdated, of course, but I'm including it in case you want to fact-check.
My fact-checking at the time revealed some amazing patient's reviews. Here's an except from the one that was the most recent at the time - the first one I saw - dated March 7, 2010.
   
  • .......The one eyed horse now trusts me,comes and take food from my hand.The alpaca and I have developed a trust, at first the alpaca would not come for food now she comes right up to me.Daisy the star pig was intimidating but now I am able to feed her.The goats,sheep, the rabbits, cats and dogs all melt my heart and make me feel relaxed and comfortable.I come early many sessions just to hang with the animals as it makes me feel calmer and more relaxed for my sessions.They give me a feeling of worth,and make me laugh.They are teaching me to trust again. It is such a pleasure to arrive at Dr. Priest’s her animals sitting with tails wagging.I can not state how important these animals have become as a major part of my recovery process.It has helped immensely I am now able to deal better each day and I thank her and the animals.
I had to check this out.
So I drive to Dog Creek.... and find this...
 
 
My Psychiatrist's office in Dog Creek

And my first question, of course, is "What is The Hamlet of Elsa"

 

And now Tini, I'm going to post this and send you the link.
Because....
I'm going to go on a tangent.... about..
. how..
OK...I'll foreshadow, or something.
I didn't arrange to see a Psychiatrist because I had driven a car off a cliff and thought I had PTSD. In fact I had to cancel my first appointment because I was in the hospital in Lilloet. And when I first met with her I had my arm in a sling and in a lot of pain and probably still stoned on morphine and oxyconit.
So there was some confusion.
Like... did I make the appointment knowing that I would drive off a cliff?
 
But now I'm spending too much time on this. I'll post and send - and not delete the draft stuff below. Nothing confidential there. And need to explain stuff about TBI and Ray Ancill - another character in the longer story. Actually... all that follows is a tangent. That's what happens...
 
OK...gotta go look at flights now.

 

 

 

I have had 6 sessions with Doctor Priest and will be describing what has transpired. This is my first report.   On our first session we discovered that we have at least one friend/colleague in common Dr Raymond Jon Ancill (Psychiatrist). He was one of Doctor Priest's professors and one of my "bosses" from about 1988 to 1997. He was a UBC faculty member and head of the Clinical Research Division in the Dept of Psychiatry at Riverview.   Biography: Dr. Raymond Ancill is a psychiatrist in private practice that has spent most of his career working with patients with brain injuries. He specializes in post-trauma psychiatry and has examined and treated many patients with traumatic brain injuries over the last six years. Dr. Ancill trained in England and came to Canada in 1985. He retired from the position of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC in 2002 and currently lives and works in Abbotsford, BC.
      a very important person in my life. Ray Ancill - .     Ray appeared at Riverview in about 1987. He was a hotshot Psychiatrist from Glasgow with impressive credentials and lots of energy and big ideas. . And he created a non-profit called Canada West NeuroPsychiatric Research Society, which was generously funded by Glaxo Pharmaceuticals.   Ray was a gadget-freak and had been involved with computers since the Commodore 64 - and Glaxo was giving him a lot of money - and he was interested in brain function - so he bought a cutting-edge "computerized EEG machine" called the BioLogic Brain Atlas. But none of his little staff knew how to use it properly - so that's when I entered stage right.   In 1988 I was "seconded" from the Dept of Psychology to the Clinical Research Division to assist Ray Ancill. My position was "Psychology Assistant" - 3/5 time - low pay and low class - but I knew how to use EEG machines. I was very useful to Ray, so he hired me for 2 days/week through CWNRS - and paid a decent wage for the time - $150/day. So I worked full-time as supervisor of the Functional Brain Imaging Lab, which generated reports on brain functions of patients involved in clinical trials. And before long he had convinced the powers that be to upgrade my position to Laboratory Health Science Officer Level 5 - about as high on the grid as one can get - and the reason I have a decent pension. I have a lot to thank Ray Ancill for - financial and self-worth stuff..   So out of curiosity, I Googled Raymond Jon Ancill - and found surprisingly little. There's a Psychiatrist in Abbotsford with the same name, but it didn't sound like him at all. I was expecting he would be involved in controversial clinical trials or something newsworthy, but no. Here's what he is:     That's not the Ray Ancill I knew       operate a functional to the , whose drugs he tested in clinical trials. .
 

 

 

Biography: Dr. Raymond Ancill is a psychiatrist in private practice that has spent most of his career working with patients with broken brains. He specializes in post-trauma psychiatry and has examined and treated many patients with traumatic brain injuries over the last six years. Dr. Ancill trained in England and came to Canada in 1985. He retired from the position of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC in 2002 and currently lives and works in Abbotsford, BC.

Abstract: Traumatic Brain Injuries occur at any age but it is the young and the old who have a larger than expected incidence, but for different reasons. In the young, especially males - but the girls are catching up, risk-taking behavior and accidents and sports account for most brain trauma. In the elderly, the commonest cause is falls from illness, medications and frailty. As a rule, the older the victim - the worse the outcome. Brain injuries that occur when over 60 carry the poorest prognosis. The fastest growing segment of the population is 80+ so brain trauma in the aged is expected to become a major public health issue in the near future.