Sunday, October 15, 2017

Epilepsy

I guess it is official - I have epilepsy.

I had my first seizure when I was 18ish - my first college break after a term of heavy drinking and all-nighters for my school work pumping my self full of massive doses of caffeine. I don't remember much of it other than feeling chest pains afterward because my dad did the Heimlich maneuver on me thinking I was choking.  I remember waking up in the ambulance and the driver asking me who was president - I was hoping to vote for Gary Hart at that time and considered telling him Gary but figured then wasn't the time for a joke.

My second was Fall 2013 - I had been up late the night before at a Halloween event, up early to do some household shopping then off to an all day gaming event at a buddies.  I recall sitting down to play a game and feeling a bit odd.  Next thing I knew I was in an exam room at the local hospital.  I followed up this seizure with a visit with a neurologist.  We did brain cap tests, flashing lights, scans, etc. Nothing was determined to be the cause other than maybe exhaustion, energy drinks and junk food.

I just had another - October 2017. This one was under less stressful conditions. I had been cleaning house waiting my sisters arrival. I had a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast with some coffee. I had a bowl of cereal before she arrived.  She asked about a beauty store so we went there.  After that I had the idea to visit a local Halloween store since she and I both like holiday.  I felt a little weird when we arrived, maybe my blood sugar was low, so I grabbed protein bar from my trunk.  We split up in the store and the next thing I knew I was in an ambulance being asked some questions.  I faded out and came to in the E.R. gain with my wife and sister.  They did a CT and blood work and didn't see anything.

Here I am again unable to drive for 6 mos. The doctor upped my medication for now - its going to take me a while to get used to this. It has also taken several days for me to get better physically and mentally.  I may go in for more tests - not sure.

Not sure what this means for my job or life in the short term - long term. I'm going to have to assume it is going to happen again sometime...


1 comment:

  1. Um, hi.
    I am sorry to hear about that and I hope that you find effective coping mechanisms.
    I wanted to offer my sympathy but not just say "dude, that sucks" because you will deal with this and it won't suck.
    Bob

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