Saturday, August 26, 2006

Health Fair - Part I

We got our group together today and went to a health fair in Lexington. It went extremely well. The five of us distributed a wealth of information about epilepsy. We spoke with at least 200 people.

I think what surprised me the most was how many people either had someone in their immediate family or knew someone with epilepsy; a boss, friend, co-worker, student.. I was also surprised at how many people we met that had epilepsy. It was fantastic to share experinces with them and speak about different medicines and treatments avaiable.

We met a girl that had been diagnosed with epilepsy less than a year ago. She was a bit shy about speaking about it, but Christa was able to get her to open up and have a good conversation with her. It was a very hot day and she was worried about having a seizure. We were all glad that she didn't let this stop her from having a go at the climbing wall.

Friday, August 25, 2006

No Seizures...

Great News... it has been around 10 days since I have had any noticeable seizure events! I am thrilled.

On the flip side, it makes for awful blogging. No seizures... no real rush to get the word out about living with epilepsy. That should be changing though. Christa, I, and a few other people will be distributing information about epilepsy at a children's health fair in Lexington. We made flyers and got a number of other handout material for the event. I'll post pictures and details about it tommorow.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

1st Support Group Meeting

Last night Christa and I held our first epilepsy support group meeting. We had 5 other people attend, which was great for a first meeting! The group came to the conclusion that our focus should be on education and awareness, and that through these efforts, people that needed support would be able to network with others of us in the group. So, during our monthly meetings, we would split in to groups along the lines of who ever was in attendance... I hope this will work well, we shall see!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Off Topic - Changed Template

As you can see, I changed my blog template again... Now I have to go through and modify it until it looks ugly again... at which point I will change the template again... uh... hmmm...

Friday, August 11, 2006

My seizures...

I frequently refrence my "small" seizures as being "partial-complex" ... This is not technically accurate. Mine don't really fit any of the convential categories. What might describes them best would be "aurors". They are an unexpected wave of sensation that interupts my thoughts and gives me a feeling like free-fall for the brain. Very strange stuff...

Keppra V. Sleep

Got home late last night. Did not take my meds until around 8... Although the Keppra I take seems to help with my seizures, it really keeps me awake. Did not fall asleep until 1 A.M. Although it does not make for a full night's rest, it does make for plenty of time to watch TV and play games. Currently, I am playing Civillization III. As for late night TV: The Daily Show and The Cobert Report.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hot air and universal health care

The first part of this week wasn't too hot, hence my number of simple-partial seizures dropped to zero for 4 days in a row. However, yesterday was pretty hot, and while waiting a few minutes in the car with no air conditioning on, I had one simple-partial. No more seizures that day as I stayed inside.

Just a few moments ago, I had one while speaking briefly to my supervisor about medical insurance benefits offered by employers. It is something I am pretty opinionated about, and I had a simple-partial while expounding about universal health care. I guess my enthusiasm for the topic must have put a bit of stress on my brain...

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Monday blues...

Monday again. Back to work. Not too stressful so far today, so that is good. No simple-partial seizures either. Very good. Probably due to lowering of temperature around her... now down to the high 80s.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Friday not so good...

It was really hot yesterday, and I ended up having at least 6 simple-partial seizures near the end of the day. I called Christa to come pick me up in the case that I might have a grand mal seizure. We went home and I ended up sleeping 12 hrs straight. Feel much better now. No seizures so far today, so that is good. :)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Medicow

I found this little jem of a search site. It filters out your searhes to just medical information. So that you don't get a lot of junk in your searches as with MSM or AOL or Goolge. Check out Medicow

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

East Coast Heatwave

On Sunday, the high temperature weather that was sweeping across much of North America finally made it to North Carolina. It has only gotten worse since then. Today was the highest yet with a heat index of around 104 degrees.

Like everywhere else, the air conditioing at my office is not quite able to keep up with the weather. Today and yesterday, I had a few more partial seizures. I suspect it is due to the heat...