Welcome to March, to Spring and the count-up to Purple Day on the 26th.
This month, in order to raise awareness for epilepsy, each day I will be posting coverage and information on a different type of seizure. Please feel free to share the contents to inform friends, family and colleagues so we can get this out there and familiarize people with the signs and symptoms. Also, if you’re reading and have experience of the specific type of seizure covered on that day, I encourage you to comment at the bottom to add any additional information as the ‘text book’ description will only provide so much detail. Our genetic make-up is different; therefore, we are affected in a variety of ways and your experience could help someone else.
If you live it, write it!
Previously known as petit mal, these seizures, while they can be found in adults, are more commonly found in children. There is a lapse in consciousness for a short period of time (often a matter of seconds) and then on return, and certainly in my experience, my train of thought and the subject of conversation are lost. On many occasions absences can go unnoticed by the child and/or anyone else as they are so brief. I have found that I am a great deal more aware of their occurrence when conversing, watching television or doing something that involves a great deal of concentration. Additionally, another symptom is the eyes may roll upwards.
Seizure frequency will differ. Certainly at times, I have had in the region of 80 to 100 per day which can certainly get exhausting but on others; I can have just a handful. Again, as with all these things we are different and therefore how we react to all of these variables make each one of us a unique case. See if there are any correlations, does tiredness or stress make them worse? How about particular lights, something that is being eaten regularly or the menstrual cycle?
Perhaps one of the most valuable things you can do either as a parent and/or adult is to keep a daily diary of diet, sleep, menstrual changes, stress levels and anything else that you feel could be relevant, remember the more information your doctor has the more accurate and hopefully successful the treatment.