Do you trust your medication?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
First I will give you my background.
Im 26 years old, Have never had any medical problems and am in the military (though not for long because I am being medically discharged).  No family history of seizures. 
Last August I sitting in a restuarant with a co-worker.  We had finished eating and was just chatting to take up the hour we get for lunch.  Next thing I know I wake up in Ambulance.  With a very intense pressure (not really a headache) in my head and so tired I cant lift my head and dont feel like moving.  The next time I wake up I am in the ER (not sure if I passed out again or if I fell asleep from being tired).  It wasnt until my friend made it to the hospital did I find out that I had, had a seizure.  He described it to me and after researching online and talking to the doctor it was the gran mal type.
So I had an EEG done that showed nothing.  I had an MRI done, that showed my left temporal node was slightly smaller than my right.  My Neurologist told me not to worry that I was probably one of the 90% that will never have another seizure.
So I did, then in October I have a second gran mal seizure.  Neurologist tells me that I have epilepsy and puts me on medication.
After researching I also know that I have had several minor seizures.
Now on to my question...  Do you trust your medication?  I am almost at the end of the six months of no driving and have had no major seizures since October.  I am a little skittish about driving again.  I read some post about having triggers/auras and warning signs before you have a seizure.  I do not seem to have any warnings.
Another thing I am skittish about is being left alone with my 2 kids  (2 yo and 4yo) for an extended period of time.  My wife went out of town for business for a week and I was skittish about having a seizure by myself with them so they stayed with Grandparents.
How much of a "Normal" life do you all live with having epilepsy?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2006 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi: I agree with Mandy I got epilepsy when I was a 11 yrs old, the first year was the hardest.The next 23 yrs I was controlled,I travelled,dated ,moved from the states to Canada, had a business,exercised and took for granted my life would continue rosey. I know alot of pple who I met in NYC who had control all their lives. I know a few who never had control. Attitude is everything, that is what my first neurologist and my Dad taught me. Plus never to give in to the fear.If I had a grand mal on the NYC
subway,which I did , the next day I was back on it riding ,so fear never took over.Those are gifts that my first nuero and my Dad gave me. It has helped me thru some rough times.

You are not an epilpetic , you have epilepsy, epilepsy doesn't control your life. I hope you understand what I am trying to convey. For example I have an underactive thyroid, it took the Drs a few times
to get the meds under control. Whats the difference with the epilepsy. Attitude is!!!

Your life is not over, life will continue wether you want it too or not. So relax and enjoy the moment
it doesn't come back. Kids are resilent. If you can deal with it they can too. I know this from meeting pple in the hospital ,talking on boards and chat rooms.


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