Did you know?
1. You have the right to be treated with respect, whatever your condition, whatever your reason for being admitted to the hospital.
2. You should be made as comfortable as possible, whatever the situation. If there’s too much noise, have the situation rectified. If the lights are making you photosensitive, ask that they be dimmed, or that you be placed where you can’t see them. If you are experiencing any seizure triggers, explain to the nurse and ask for a room change.
3. You can demand to be treated by a full-fledged doctor instead of a resident. (Which is good news, since ER docs are not the brightest crayons in the box when it comes to epilepsy.)
4. You may have full access to your medical records and request copies, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act.
5. You have the right to “informed consent”
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A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday.
Maybe we should all take some of his advice!
1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the ‘For’ line.
Instead, just put the last four numbers.
The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels, won’t have access to it.
3. Put your work phone # and address on your checks.
If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address.
If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address.
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A wise woman once told me:
“When you wake up in the morning — before you get out of bed — think of 5 (or 10!) things that you’re really grateful for.”
(I think 10 is a bit of a stretch.)
That simple advice, changed my attitude. And my life.
We have so much to be grateful for, especially me:
1. For your support, strength and caring…
2. Your smart, sensitive advice…
3. The compassion you share so generously…
4. All of your kind, wise encouragement…
5. Your never-ending love and dedication…
You are MY godsend…today, tomorrow and always.
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You’re reluctant to go out. Because having a seizure can be so unpredictable and embarrassing.
You think: “What if I have a seizure? What will people do? What will they think of me?”
Those and many other self doubting questions run through your mind.
Even if you’ve only had a few seizures, there’s always the fear that silent (or not so silent) enemy may strike again. So why chance it?
The history of epilepsy is in a sense the history of stigma, which is deeply discrediting and can reduce a person with epilepsy from a whole and unique person to a tainted, discounted one.
Stigma carries a sense of shame associated with being “epileptic” and the fear of discrimination.
Fear, misunderstanding and the resulting social stigma surrounding epilepsy can result in social, and sometimes even legal discrimination.
All over the world, the social consequences of epilepsy are often…
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In a fraction of a second, head trauma can dramatically change a person’s life.
Head trauma caused by falls, physical abuse, violence, vehicle crashes and sporting accidents, not to mention modern warfare.
However, it’s important to realize that not all head injuries, even severe ones, result in seizures. And seizures frequently occur in people who haven’t experienced head trauma.
But close associations do exist between head trauma and seizures — as much as twelve times as opposed to someone without a head trauma.
The difficulty of a diagnosis is that epilepsy does not typically develop immediately after head trauma.
Studies suggest that approximately 6% of patients with epilepsy have TBI as the cause. It generally depends upon how severe the head trauma is.
Immediate or Mild Seizures:
They may develop immediately after the accident. The person is awake with eyes open. Symptoms can include confusion, disorientation, memory loss, headache, and…
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One of the most common questions is “when can I stop taking my meds?”
Especially for those whose seizures have been under good control.
It makes sense. Because if you’re doing well, you start to wonder “why do I need these meds anymore”?
This review is organized around four issues:
Does the duration of seizure-freedom influence the risk of recurrence?
Should the epilepsy syndrome influence the decision to stop or continue AEDs?
If daily AEDs are stopped, could intractable epilepsy ensue?
And what’s the risk that someone discontinuing AEDs will die during a recurrence?
Some of the reasons for stopping daily meds include concerns about side-effects…a feeling of well-being…relief from the chore of remembering daily medication…and freedom from the staggering financial burdens.
Most important of all is, an improved quality of life.
Others are seizure-free but choose to continue medication.
They’re happy with stability, concerned about the impact of another…
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It starts in the playground. A kid has a seizure and everybody freaks out. Nobody knows what to do.
Maybe not even the school nurse. Even though epilepsy first aid is a cinch.
It’s frightening to see a child seize and then, based on that fright, they think:
“I can’t deal with this.”
Some people still think epilepsy is contagious!
But kids are very impressionable, and if we show them there’s no reason to treat someone differently because of a condition that is uncontrolled, it’s very helpful.
They want to understand. They want to help. But first we must show them how.
Happily, most parents are vigilant, starting support groups, arranging fund-raising functions, bringing family, friends, and neighbors into the fray.
How else will their child lead close to a “normal” life?
Yet, sadly enough, at a recent high school health fair I attended, not one person knew what to do…
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