We both Like the place where the Local bands play. Well, sometimes, not Local but from other cities/counties. Not much of a Blues fan, but, they did play some songs I Knew. Hubby posted a pic of me dancing of FB. I like it cuz there is no 'lighting' effects. Even though I have had to 'tone' down some of my moves, I still enjoy 'shaking' what I got to songs I Know. :. Maybe this new man likes to dance. If you enjoy dancing, even by yourself, I would Ask. I dance w/ & w/out my ol' man. The bar could be full & the dance floor empty. But, I get out there. sometimes, inspire others' to do so. Even teach them if they ask. My, my I am rambling.
It is Good to hear your update. Put a Smile on my Face. Take your Time & Remember: You are still on the Re-bound. I don't care how much of a Gentleman the man is, Just be Sure of your Heart & His. But, at least you have made the step Forward. Here is hoping it lasts. Time will tell.
Hope your meeting w/ the Lawyer went well. I always just went to city court & got the papers to file. Saved me Bundles. Course, I never got Alimony or child Support either. I didn't care. I was better off w/out both my exes. Cuz, if I Had stayed w/ them I wouldn't have become the lady I am today.
BTW: Have you talked to him about your Epilepsy & meds?? don't Procrastinate. Even If you have been seizure free, Consider it 'educating' him. Lord knows, we need an abundance of Public awareness. But, I'll take 1 person at a Time, too.
There can be several triggers. www.epilepsytalk.com has a list of possible triggers & Weird triggers. I know keeping a daily journal can sound daunting. but, until you see the dr you will need all the info you need. You are your Best Advocate. BTW: Take a witness w/ you to any Neuro appts. It helps. You needn't go to an Epilepsy Center, unless you want/need to.
BTW: Concerning the person helping you,, If you know this person, Tell them to ensure you are laying on your side while you recover. Tell anyone who knows you too. On your back you could swallow/choke on excess fluids/bile. But, you can not swallow your Tongue!
Hope you are feeling better, by now. One Day at a Time. Hugs
Please do not apologize for 'taking my time.' If I Minded, I would no longer be here on WebMD. As you can see, I am here almost Daily, if not multiple times a day.
OK, 1. What I know about our meds & what I think this Dr is trying to say is that the side effect of attention deficit is possibly a Rare Side Effect. So, not as Important as it's effectiveness .And as I said B4, you won't know How it will affect your child till you try it! Did you find the List I suggested you see on our Drug Info page?
I think your concerns are valid. I Would consult w/ a Pharmacist. This Dr may or may not have done his Homework. But, I do know that Drs only take a 6 mth course in Pharmacology as Interns & when they become Drs, most rely on what Drug Reps tell them. But, I do believe Valproic Acid has been around Much Longer than Keppra, so of course, it would be proven to be more effective. Maybe your Wife should have discussed the Ketogenic Diet w/ him, also. Cuz, it has been around even Longer. Like B4 meds were ever discovered. Proven effective then & Now. As I am sure Melinda will tell you. My thoughts: Why place him on medication? When there is a Good Possibility he will outgrow this Epilepsy Syndrome. And You could still keep a rescue med, if needed. Yes, get a replacement for the Rescue med. Do Not Flush the old one down the drain or toilet. Let your Pharmacy dispose of it properly.
Lots of Love & Hugs. I Like the fact that you are here asking questions. You are your son's Own Best Advocate. Keep in mind, you have the rite to say No to any meds/treatments. Also, If possible: Seek a Third Dr Opinion. Compare their answers.
Neuro visit: Where do you live? Yes, that does seem like a bit of wait. But, I have noted recently, that others' are having to wait Month's b4 being seen, too. Especially in Canada or the UK. Possible solution: please call the Neuro's office tomorrow & ask to be put on the Cancellation List. Most ppl are required to 'cancel' at least 1 day b4 their appt, which gives you Time to make arrangements to get there.
Family Doc: well, at least she was covering the bases as to possible cause. But, obviously, she has no clue as to how serious Any seizure activity is. But, I Know the Majority of Family Docs will not Prescribe anti-seizure meds until you have seen a neuro who will place you on the proper med for your seizure type. Then, family docs Will write up a prescription for Refills.
I do have a question for you. Have you been experiencing a Lot of stress, b4 these 'episodes'? This includes sleep. Less than 8-10 hrs?? As abnormal sleep patterns Can cause stress to our bodies, too. And stress is a Trigger for seizure activity.
The person who touched your arm. Did they describe what they saw? Again, did you write it all down? Keeping track? Several Options: A small purse/Pocket Calendar. A Cell phone app calendar. Or visit epilepsy.com for a print-out tracker they have. If you read my first post, again, you will note I suggested calendars. Or you can just include it in your Daily Journal. Check Dollar Tree. They should have Journals. Hugs
Another member of the Group has similar Issues. She said you can email Melinda at email@example.com & she will share w/ you some helpful tips that she has learned work for her & her kids. Thanks for the Link. I know the side effects of All our meds can be 'scary'. But, again, not everyone experiences those side effects. To me: Side effects are what we Watch for, not what will necessarily Happen. If any side effects last more than 2-6 weeks & affect 'Quality of Living' you Insist on trying something Else. Which is why I call it 'trial & error'. Did you use the WebMD drug Supplement Tool? When you clik on side effects you will note a question under the box about side effects, too. Clik on question. This lists the most Common side effects experienced by others' that is not in the print-out that they & Pharmacies use.
I understand what your Dr is doing. What I call 'preventive measures. Hoping the Keppra will keep him from seizing or at least seize for the required 2-3 minutes. But, I do Hope you will keep the Diazepam as a back up. And take it w/ you wherever you go. Seizures just don't discriminate as to when or where they will occur. It could be today, tomorrow or even 18 mths again.
BTW: Keppra is most known for Mood swings. These mood swings can be quite severe. It earned it's knickname Keppra Rage. But, there is a solution if you note this side effect & if you go w/ Keppra, I would use this as a 'preventive measure'. Vitamin B6. My meds have the same Issue. But, even though it is the oldest med available (Phenobarbital) Researchers didn't find out till 15 yrs After I started taking it. I lost my Job, due to a mood swing, several days b4 the Info came out. Oh well. I've always considered my Real Job is here w/ WebMD & other Groups, anyway. I don't get paid, but, the rewards are Awesome. In my Eyes.
Keep on doing your Homework. There are a Lot of aspects to Epilepsy. The education is a Never ending Forever learning experience. But Worth the time & trouble.
BTW: Melinda mentioned 2 other sites you mite want to try for more info. CHADD.COM & Parent2Parent.com Can't hurt, may Help! But, I expect You to keep us updated, too. Hugs again. Have a Great Day.
The Good News is that most children outgrow this type of seizure. I asked for more Info on a FaceBook Group. The consensus is the same. Medication Will be Trial & error. But, Diet, (Ketogenic Diet) exercise, and Proper Sleep patterns may work for your son, too. But, even Diets are Trial & Error. If you decide to go w/ the diet after doing some homework about it, Please, consult a Nutritionist.
Hi Stath, I apologize. I Meant "except for the valprioc acid" . Although some of our meds are multi-purpose (used for other disorders) some Can aggravate other disorders.
What your son is experiencing is what is known as Status Seizures. I do Hope your Dr will prescribe what is known as a 'rescue med' as well, as Daily med. Yes, Sleep is a Common side effect of anti-seizure meds. It is Also a Common Side effect after an Episode. I recall sleeping 10-12 hrs, eating, then, falling asleep again. Each of us have a 'recovery period' & we all Vary. My 'recovery period' would last for 3-6 days. But, yes, we do return to 'normal'. As if nothing Happened. But, we don't Recall what happened, when we lose consciousness. Whether it's 2 minutes or More.
Headaches/Migraines are a side effect of seizures, for Some. They are now considered co-morbid w/ Epilepsy.
So, go w/ the Keppra. With our meds, you won't know what works, unless you try it. Want to learn more about meds? Ask your Search Engine. Meds used for Epilepsy & ADD/ADHD. It's possible an Epilepsy drug can be used for Both.
Did you find the site for teachers Info? I apologize, again. I misspelled the URL. The site can be found in our Resources, though. BTW: Use our Search This Community Tool at the Rite of your screen. I do believe we have similar issues in our archives. 'ADD/ADHD & Epilepsy' Journeys.
Please, keep us posted on his progress. We are Here to Listen. You are your Son's Own Best Advocate. But, being a Caregiver is Rough. You Deserve our Support. We may be Small in number of members. But, we are Strong w/ what we know. There are other Support Groups out there. But, I am Happy that you joined Us. Thank You so much for responding. My Prayers are w/ You & Yours. Hugs. Happy Friendship Day. Here is to a New Friend. Hugs!