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Sophie

When I was 2 I had a febrile seizure, I stopped breathing and turned blue. My mom gave me mouth to mouth and by the time the EMTS arrived I stopped seizing. As i grew from baby to toddler, my parents began to see that i was delayed. So i started early intervention at 3 years old I had occupational therapy and PT.

In pre k I would get angry and punch any thing that was in front of me, after my parents had been observing me in a pre k class and talking to the pre k teachers it was suggested that my parents should take me to a therapist to rule out any behavior issues. He took one look at me and said that I was having seizures he then referred me to a neurologist.

At the at the age of 5, I was diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy, but I have been seizure free since the age of thirteen. And so was taken off meds which caused massive weight gain a hand tremor and memory loss. The point is meds are good up until a point and then it becomes a pill, no pun intended.

My triggers are flashing lights, the transition from the out doors to inside a classroom, getting too hot and recently sleep deprivation. When i have an absent my pupils will go from normal to pin point that is the only physical sign the eye can lasts. My seizures last one second and happened every minute to every minute and a half. So there are 60 seconds in a minute and 24 hours in a day then I was having seizures every 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds, so in total I would have 86400 seizures per day with meds.

My parents were told to treat me as a normal child and to see how far I would develop, and look at me now I have graduated high school with honors. I am in collage as you can infer I was not expected to do much of what I just mentioned.

The effects of my seizures is that I have Aspie like tendencies due to my epilepsy which I know is difficult to understand. to put it in simple terms as a result of my seizures my brain compensated and rewired itself. I also have severe deficits in Processing Speed, Perceptual Reasoning, and Working Memory, Upper Limb Coordination, Manual Dexterity, Fine Motor Skills, Hand Strength, Visual Perceptual Skills, and understanding meaning. When was 19, my father died, and it seems I have had a relapse if that is possible.

I still have my absence seizure but it is not enough to put me on meds. When I was thirteen I had EEG and my seizures showed up as misfired neurons and the Dr. called them "flurries", so here is what my flurries are typically like: I will become very spacey, I can not interact with my surroundings, I also felt locked in to place. I am completely aware, my vision becomes like a tunnel, and thing start to move or vibrate on there own. For me an absent seizure lasts one-second with is rare but these flurries can last 5-10 minutes.

Sophie
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