I am on disability for multiple reasons. SS routinely turns down nearly everyone on the first try. You have to be terminally ill or totally nuts to get it on the first try.
After you are turned down get a lawyer who specializes in disbaility claims. Do not settle for just any lawyer. Binder and Binder from TV are very good. A friend of mine went through a number of lawyers and spent years trying to get her disability. I think she has spent over 10 years before she finally got it. Mine took 3 years, but I have heard it is taking even longer than that. If you have family who can help you survive while you wait, that is great. In Missouri, they are farming out legal cases to other states for disability cases. I had to have my hearing over TV.
If you have any income from work while you are waiting, they WILL TURN YOU DOWN.
That is what I know about disability. I don't know either way about the other suggestions, so am not helpful there.
I hope it all works out for you. Maybe one of the other suggestions will be helpful.
I have 5 dogs, my youngest, Freddy just had a seizure like episode. He was jerking, and rolling around the room, and going rigid. It lasted several minutes too. He did not wet himself or go unconscious though. I have no idea. There is no poison where my pets can get at it. I am very careful with that. He seems okay at the moment. At first I thought he was just playing around. He loves to play with the other pets, and is a very good dog.
Freddy was dumped on me in May '12 when we had a lot of heavy rains. Three of my dogs are rescue dogs. He has had his shots this year, and was neutered back in the spring. I think he might be a black lab/dachshund mix. At any rate, he is a very good dog. He had been abused in his former life too.
I can keep a written record. I do not do cell phones. I put it in my pocket calendar, then I will have it if I do get to take him to the vet.
I was wondering about an allergy, because I had just put fresh straw in their dog houses that day. We had it down near zero here, and that is way too cold for them not to have some warm bedding. He seems to be fine for now.
I love the dogs and my cats. They are best buddies.
When I first joined here, there was a long list of resources, so this link is likely still there someplace. I noticed there are many pages of topics and links, but I do not have the time to go through all of them, nor the patience.
My computer had to be reformatted a few years ago, so I have lost a lot of important links.
There had been a link to a website about epilepsy and it listed something about over 40 kinds of seizures? I remember the background was a dark red, but cannot say who the information was from. Does anyone remember that website, or have the link to it? We used to have a guy here who posted all kinds of tech stuff about epilepsy, but I have not seen him here in a long time. I think he was the one who posted that link... I cant even remember his username.
I did go through some of them on the first page. And there was one link that is no longer working, and I got a redirect to many other links that may or may not pertain to epilepsy. I did post a note there so people would know it is no longer working.
If anyone happens to remember that link, or find it, can you please post it here for me ? Thank you very much.
Is the link to Bruce's site, or to Phyllis' site? or are they together ? I will look at it and see.
It is too bad that he left.
WebMD doesnt like us to go elsewhere? I know when I go to another site, they pop up a note saying I am leaving. DUH. Some sites are weird that way.
I didnt know if WebMD was aware of the links that no longer work or not. They are frustrating, no matter what you are trying to find on the net.
DGS is supposed to have EEG/s this week, but I dont know which day. No news yet. DS says they are not grand mal at least. Supposedly, they are not called 'grand mal' or 'petit mal' nowadays according to his sources.
That is too bad about the former members. I am not gone for good, but sometimes I do not get time to visit all of my forums, so it is awhile between visits.
I wouldnt let pissy comments run me off either, but with other forums I have had to take a break now and then to cool down, because misunderstandings do sometimes happen. A few of them, I have not been able to get back into for some reason. I have gotten banned from 2 forums. One was a different point of view than that of the board [apparently some places do not like the Right to Free Speech?>, and another was a misunderstanding, but it is their loss.
Hopefully, other people with EP will find this board, and come join in.
I won't quit WebMD, but I do not always agree with their new way of doing things. I have been a member of WebMD since 03. [diabetes board/s>
Sorry about the problems with your son. I hope he was not really drunk. When people drink and drive, it hurts many many people. It hurts their own families, it hurts the families of those injured by their drunk driving, etc. If he was drinking and drunk, I HOPE he learned his lesson, and totally quits the alcohol and drunk driving. Three DUIs in one year is a LOT. No wonder you are stressed out.
I had to totally quit driving after passing out one time behind the wheel, and coming to in the wrong lane with a bunch of cars coming at me. Thank God, I was able to get back in my own lane quickly. I was not drunk, but just blacked out, it is part of my seizures.
My dad was crippled for life when he was 15 years old from a drunk driver. He was a passenger in the car driven by the drunk driver, and the drunk driver and two passengers were killed. The other passengers were all crictically injured, and spent months in the hospital recovering. That was back in 1944 or so. That is the short version of the story.
I am glad your son was not more seriously injured, and I hope no one else was injured in his accidents.
Perhaps getting the 'book thrown at him' would be a good wake up call for him to amend his ways and stop drinking and driving? [If he was drinking and driving?> It is hard, but sometimes that is what it takes to get people to come to their senses. I do not mean that to be unkind, just that sometimes children/grown children need to take responsibility for their own mistakes. Is your son still a minor, or is he an adult?
There was a case in the news some time ago, perhaps last year, where a young man from a wealthy family had many DUIs, and his latest one got someone killed. Mommy and Daddy bailed him out, and apparently bought out the judge, because all he got was a month or two in rehab in a ritzy rehab place that was more of a joke.
I do hope your son will be okay. Perhaps those were seizures, and he does not need to be driving? Alcohol is bad for everyone, but it is worse for people with seizures too.
Hugs and prayers for you and your family too Candi.
I tried Topamax when it first came out. I am also diabetic, and the Topamax dropped my blood sugar dangerously low. I could not eat enough food to keep my blood sugars at a safe level. My sugars kept crashing, no matter how much I ate, so I stopped it and then told my neuro. I had to argue with her about it, but there was no way I could safely take it. It was for my neuropathy, and before my seizures were DXd, even though I had them then too. If you happen to be diabetic also, be sure to keep a good eye on your blood sugars if you are on Topamax. I was barely on the smallest dose they had too.
I know they say to talk to your doctor first if you have a bad reaction to something, but with me, it depends on the kinds of reactions I am having if I follow that or not. I have so many allergies, that I generally do not wait for my doctor's approval to stop.