Monday, December 18, 2006
Epilepsy v. XBox
Over the years I have heard many stories of how caretakers can tell if their loved one is having or is about to have a seizure. Jack's story is the first of which I have heard where a lack of playing a video game has been cited. Now, through the combined power of Jacks experience, your post, and Google searches, you may make it possible for hundreds of children living with epilepsy to convince their parents to let them play more XBox games. Any time there is a pause in the sound of Covenant aliens (Halo) being destroyed, their moms should check on them!
It is really amazing that he is able to play. When I was younger, my refexes were so slowed from the Tegretol I was taking, that I was completely unable to play action games. It was not that I couldn't move the controls, but my reflexes were too slow. Like Jack, I now take Lamictal, and my reflexes are not impaired... in fact, so drastic is the difference that I often wonder if the medicine improves my dexterity.
This just hit me... If Jack can do well with one hand on an XBox control, I bet he could do wonders with the Wii controller - you only need one hand to use it!