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Gillian King

Living new life with Epilepsy.

When I last saw my Epilepsy specialist many months ago at a hospital, she suggested I change one of the medications I've been taking for many years to a more modern one. Immediately I started taking the dose she prescribed every day.

My Epilepsy seizures became more stable and my mood improved to start with, but then I started being more giddy, unstable and tired more quickly whenever I was doing anything by myself. I do know they could be side-effects of the medication I take and they also caused me to have multiple concussions. When I spoke to another Epilepsy specialist, she advised I make no changes because she believed the latest research would allow improvement of my condition.

The new medication may be working for me, when I notice the slight improvement of my Epilepsy seizures. They are very short and allow me to go on with whatever I had been doing before, but I must always be very careful whenever I move. I may need to hold something for support. I'm able to walk outside my house next to my husband, holding his arm for support. When my seizures become too sudden, they sometimes become dangerous and cause body bruises and head injuries, even when I'm wearing my helmet for protection.

I'm unable to use my brain whilst practicing games on my computer for too long, so I rest very often and try to sleep some of the day. I'm more susceptible to noise and can't keep much information in my head at one time. I want to feel positive every day, having suffered from Epilepsy for more than half my life, but want to proceed and be helpful to other people when I describe my experience.

I know we all deteriorate gradually while we age, especially when we suffer from any illness. The virus we have to cope with these days has made living more difficult. Thankfully so far neither I nor my husband have the virus. We do keep a distance from others when walking around outside and keep talking with friends on the phone to keep in touch, especially when we think they may feel lonely.

Gillian King
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