There are probably a lot of people who know more about the epilepsy do's then the epilepsy don'ts. That is mainly because we all have our own limitations but we all are told, by our doctors, the same steps to maintaining our neurological disorder.
Today I felt I should talk about the don'ts because after talking to some people with epilepsy and I've learned new limitations that I don't have.
The first limitation is not being able to take a bath. This is probably the most common one that the doctors tell you to not do. I never really liked taking baths but for people who do I am so sorry. All I can recommend is to have a friend or a lover to take the bath with you or to be in the room with you incase something does happen. The second one is being told you are not capable of driving a car this is probably one of the most annoying things I have ever been told. Especially being a teenager we work so hard to keep our seizure activity maintained and at the age of 16 your doctor tells you, "your seizure activity is present a lot when you are asleep so I think we should hold off on the driving." I've been told that and it honestly made me want to break every thing in my room. I had made it so far and now it's like all of that work was meant for nothing. The third limitation is being told you cannot get a job. This I haven't been told but I know people who have and it is so heart breaking. I had a job a month ago because I felt that was the only thing I had control of but I couldn't stand it. The people were rude and I delt with it for 4 months and decided it was time to leave. The fourth one is that you cannot swim. My dad doesn't worry about me swimming since it's been 3 or 4 years since I have had a seizure. Other are not as lucky as me. There was a girl I was talking to on Instagram and she has to wear floaties. I've worn floaties before and swimming isn't as fun with them on. The last limitation I will talk about, because I don't want to make this super long for you all to read is that you cannot stay up late at home or with your friends. My dad tells me this all the time but I always don't and most of the time it's because I took a nap during the day. When I am sick it's hard to sleep which is unusual for me. This limitation is the number one thing you are told by your doctor and your parent. If neither one has told you this then this is the time for you to learn to go to bed early.
What you can learn about this post is that you should follow what the doctors tell you and what your parents tell you because our goal is to be seizure free or to have less seizures. I have accomplished a goal of becoming seizure free for 3-4 years on medication. The top ones I recommend you definitely follow is to go to bed early every night, eat healthy, keep your stress levels down and listen to your parents.
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I post daily about my life as well as tips on how to deal with epilepsy. I have a youtube channel where I will continue to spread awareness about epilepsy.