Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days Living With Epilepsy Day 2 {Epilepsy Awareness}

30 Days of Living with Epilepsy Day 2

How is your Epilepsy medically treated?

For us, Epilepsy is an everyday part of life. I began my seizures at 3 months after a crib accident. My oldest daughter began her seizures at 3 months with no warning what-so-ever. My youngest daughter began her seizures at 4 months also with no warning.

For me, growing up with Epilepsy in the 80's, medicine and experiements were the only way to deal with medically treating this disorder. I was put on many types of medications as a small child, some still trials and others, like Phenobarbital, well known for treating this disorder.

Thankfully for my daughters, treatment of this disorder has somewhat changed though not much. Medicines have improved and more treatments are available than ever before. In the last 10 years, vast improvements in care have been made and a better understanding of the brain and how it works.

Both my daughters' Epilepsy has been controlled by medication. My oldest was on medication from 3 months until she was 4 1/2 years. My youngest began medication at 4 months and just began a new one in the last two weeks. She will remain on medication for a while as her seizures show no sign of ending. I'm simply thankful they are controlled at this time and pray they will continue to be controlled for her lifetime.

Everyone's treatment in this disorder is different. As I mentioned in my last post, there are many different catergories and types of Epilepsy, each requiring a different treatment and each having a different affect on the person who has the disorder. No two disorders are alike and neither are treatments. It's like rolling die, you never know exactly how it will turn out and all you can do is hope for the best.

- Dana

 You can find the original questions at this blog post!

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