Epilepsy: Where it began

Thursday, 9 July 2015

As some of you may know I have epilepsy. Because this blog is a reflection of my life I wanted to include this and help explain what's happened to me throughout the years, so I'm going to create an Epilepsy series that I can use as a place to put into place everything that's happened to me, give other sufferers a place to look and just point people in this direction when they say something stupid about epilepsy to me.



I'm going to start with where it all began. I was 9 I believe when I first got diagnosed. My twin sister got diagnosed a few years before me and she has absence seizures (basically where she will switch off for a few seconds) I remember my first seizure happened when I was at home, apparently I was eating dinner, watching TV and next thing I was on the floor having a full tonic clonic seizure (this is what most people think of when they hear seizure) I was taken off to hospital in an ambulance and that started the many different tests and hospital appointments.

From what I can remember I only had 3 tonic clonic seizures in my childhood. Obviously the one stated above, then there was one when I was 9 still and it happened at school and apparently I just threw up all over the floor and walked to the toilets- I can't remember in full detail but I do know I didn't have a tonic clonic siezure it was more me just switching off for however many minutes. 

The other one I had is one we're not really sure of- it happened when I was 7 and at my nanny's- we were watching Peter Pan and one minute I was watching it the next I woke up in bed- according to my nanny and sister I just sat on my nanny's lap and wet myself and wasn't very responsive so I got put to bed- now this was before the epilepsy card was even on the table so we all just put it down to nothing, but obviously it all added up once I was diagnosed.

I was put on Epilim (a tablet that I'm back on today wahey) I don't remember the dosage, I just remember it being medicine form for a while which was revolting so asking for tablets and getting given this massive bad ass purple tablets which are quite daunting for a 9 year old? 

That sums up where it began- I do apologise for the shortness of the post and my lack of memories? But it was 10 years ago (typing that made me feel incredibly old) and I don't remember much from that time in terms of my medical history.

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