Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Random Thoughts From Me



I'm very happy that 40 is over. It is an age that lots of people dread. The stigma attached to being 40 is overwhelming amazing astounding devastating exciting mind-boggling shattering staggering stunning vast eye-opening. I feel like I've spent the last year waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It has. Sort-of. My 16 year old son was just diagnosed with Juvenille Myoclonic Epilepsy. It sounds bad. It feels bad. But it really isn't. With medication, he should be able to live a seizure free life. Everything with him was up and down last year. First, he had a grand mal seizure, his only one ever. Then we had lots of testing with negative results. That felt good. It seemed like it was a fluke that he'd had the seizure. 40% of all people have 1 grand mal in their lifetime. The doctor thought that it was probable that he'd never have another one. Then he was having some mild twitching. At first, it didn't seem like anything. Then it became more prominent, so off to the doctor we went. More testing. Results this time showed some slow wave activity indicating his seizure disorder. So now he just needs to be on the seizure medication to prevent a grand mal. And I will be purchasing a medic alert bracelet for him.

And that was my year of 40. Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. I'm working on keeping it up!

4 comments:

Shel said...

Hi Dot, I know you from TOK. Hey, I think you look much younger than 40, and I'm not just saying that! Sorry to hear about your son's epilepsy. Hope the meds work well for him.

Kristin said...

I'm sorry he and you are going through that, but glad they have great treatment. My friend has a 4-year-old girl that has several seisures a day (and has been for a long time) and they are STILL trying to control them, poor thing.

As for 40, I'm ahead of you by one year and you look GREAT!

truth said...

Happy very belated Birthday! I thought I would keep better track this year. So sorry. It's only been one week, and I think we should celebrate for a week anyway.

Which medication is your son on? My grandson Ethan has those kinds of seizures also. (Some others that I can't recall the exact name.) He has done very well on his current medication. The only seizures he has had are the ones when he was running a fever or unable to take his meds.

Hope your next 40 are even better than the first.

Lawfrog said...

Sorry to hear of your son's diagnoses. You may want to look into the ketogenic diet: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/answerplace/Medical/treatment/diet/