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Another Day
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   Posted 3/15/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I know depression has to go along with this illness.  I was just diagnosed last August.  I had just recently gotten up to 45 days seizure free and had been able to keep a positive attitute.  I'm up to two days again. My positive attitute has fallen by the wayside.  We're changing my meds again.  I also know it takes time to find the right medication, but I'm really frustrated.  I know what works for one doesn't always work for another.
 
So tell me, what do those of you who can't drive and are stuck at home most of the time do with yourselves? I am so bored. I can't really get out and excerise because of severe asthma.  I read some, but my concentration is not good because I also have tinnitus.  I have signed up with Netflix and am watching movies like crazy.  I have three beautiful grandchildren, but every time I have another seizure I don't feel comfortable to keep them for a while.  I've recently tried to get back involved with a couple of committees I was serving on, but I'm just not dependable.  I'm able to get rides to the meetings, but I don't know if I am going to be able to follow through on projects.  I would welcome any and all suggestions. 
 
Thanks for letting me whine.
 
Carla

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/16/2007 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Carla,
 
I have had epilepsy for around 8 years now (I am nearly 22 yrs old) and I used to drive until recently. I have found (like you have) that I used to depend on the car to go everywhere and when I first lost my license, I was lost without the car. But after a while, I began to find that I didnt really need the car to go to many of the places. Taking into account your asthma, perhaps gentle walking is an option where you live? I live in North Wales so there are plenty of places you can walk. Movies are OK to a point, but you run the risk of staying indoors so much that you never go out and become a total social recluse. Family days out are good fun too. Perhaps a day out with your son/daughter(s) to a place you want to go like a museum, landmark, theme-park... what ever takes your fancy. Maybe there are social clubs you can join in your area. (Clubs for various collections, {like netsukes, various ornaments and even stamps!} sports - taking into account your asthma {Such as snooker/pool, bowls etc} or even a new hobby like crafts, tarot reading or maybe studying?
If you have a religion, you could make a point of going to a gathering once a week. These are all things you can do, where you can pick and choose when you attend (so reliability isnt an issue) and if you were to have a sz, you would be safe. 
 
As your your mood, all of the above will help. Getting out and about is always a good way of lifting your mood. I am a psychology student and I have read quite a few published papers regarding exercise and mood. It doesnt have to be strenuous exercise. (Im not suggesting you should go run a marathon here, maybe just walking to one of your new found activities?!) Just getting out in the sunshine help your body produce vitamin D too! Being out for 15 minutes, 3 times a week is enough to produce enough vitamin D for the week. So getting out is healthy, fun and mood lifting!
 
I hope this helps. If you want to email me privately, my email address is available.
 
Best Wishes
 
Darren

Another Day
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   Posted 3/19/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Darren, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to me.   You've given me a lot of good ideas.  I did get myself out of the house for a little bit today.  Before today, I had been in this house an entire week.  No wonder I was feeling depressed!  I did drive even though I shouldn't have.  My seizures always follow a pattern.  They always happen  after I fall asleep or just before I fall asleep or just before I wake up in the mornings.  They never vary.

We have had some warm days here and I plan to ask my daughter, Tracie, to come by and pick me up and take me to watch my 6 year old grandson, Jackson play soccer.

I will keep checking back in with you to let you know I am doing better.

It always helps to know there is someone out there concerned.

Carla in Kentucky

 

 

 

 


CQ:)
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   Posted 3/21/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carla

I am currently unemployed & looking for work. Whenever I am looking for work I do voluntary work. At the moment I volunteer 2 days a week for an organistaion that takes people with disabilities on holidays & does activities with them. I help in the office & do some activities. I also go to a nursing home 2 mornings a week, I help with exercises 1 of the mornings & the other morning I visit one of the lady residents & we do crafts together.

I find because I have a bad memory the vol work helps with my memory & because I have always been a shy person it has made me more confident & helped me talk to people. I also study bookkeeping one night a week at TAFE.

I don't over do things because I try not to get to overtired or ofcourse take a turn.

Wherever I have worked (whether it been paid or voluntary work) I have always prefered to tell the boss about my epilepsy, that way I don't feel like I'm hiding it and they are aware of it so if I did take a turn they know what's happening.

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/22/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Carla,

I am glad that I can be of some help to you. I like coming on here and helping other people because I get a great feeling of satisfaction from helping other people as well as being able to work through my own issues with my epilepsy. You will have to forgive me as I am not American and I don't know very much at all about Kentucky (Other than where it is on the map!). I base my advise on what is available to people where I am in the UK. As I remember, you have to go a long way in Kentucky to get to the beach!?

I hope everything starts to work out for you, and you keep up your vitamin D doses! Remember: 15 minutes, 3 times a week! Its the best medicine on the market! lol. If you want me, you know where I am.

Darren

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