Seizures have been an important part of my life since I was 3 and a half years old. At birth, it was believed that the pliers were responsible for lesions in the brain. At the tender age of three, fell down the stairs, hitting the top of my head three times before my dad I could take. This event was the great event that triggered it all. A week later, was diagnosed with tonic clonic epilepsy also known as “big bad”.
Seizures and brain damage
My mother told me that my longest period of seizures lasted about 1 .5 hour. It is quite alarming as any neurologist will tell you that brain damage occurs after a period of harsh seizures 30 minutes or more.
These days, treatments of epilepsy were fairly new which explains rather basic care and methods. For example, the drugs I was taking was not monitored until I reached the age of 10 years. It was later changed as my new neurologist understood the medicines I had used was too strong for an adult, let alone a child. He also explained that the first 10 years of my life are a blur with a few memories. My family is actually what I compiled mainly on what happened in my life during this decade.
EEG (electro-encephalogram) was also based and closer to an instrument of torture that actually a significant instrument to detect unusual activity or brain damage. Then, using small needles to directly connect the cables for while now, miniature rubber connectors are glued to your scalp that are without pain.
Seizures and the social aspect attached to them
There was also the social aspect of the seizures. You see, in 1960 and 1970, people did not know that much about seizures of diseases such as epilepsy. So instead of recognizing their lack of information regarding this disorder of the brain, they used to compensate their own conclusions such as: possession by the devil, being mentally challenged or handicapped persons and so on. My grandmother has convinced my MOM to let me pray every night that I suffered from seizures because I was paying for the sins of my parents. My father still considers this taboo subject as he feels responsible not catch me immediately when I fell down the stairs. Later due to my hormonal changes during puberty, “grew out of it” and was able to live without any medication.
I later developed pseudo seizures that was caused by extreme stress experienced at work where I was professionally and sexually abused. What are pseudo seizures? You basically are stress-reaction from your body, but it is not related to brain damage and does not require any medical attention as well as learn to cope with stress, sometimes seeing a psychologist or a counselor of some sort.
Autism and seizures
Then my worst nightmare became reality. My five-year-old son, who suffers from autism, just like his little sister, was diagnosed with epilepsy. I learned a lot about seizures through experience, but seeing your child with seizures, is the worst thing that you can always go through. When he had his first epileptic seizures, about eleven months ago, he was diagnosed with at first with febrile seizures by its trigger happens by sudden high fever and does not cause brain damage. As A result of an EEG during last summer, the results revealed that his brain displayed unusual activity in certain brain areas. In addition, having autism and given my history, the neurologist told me that had the 50% odds of suffering from epilepsy. He also said that higher than the 30% of children with autism are also affected by a disorder of epileptic seizures.
Possible causes of seizures
Since then, I’ve done a lot of research and I found other sources that can cause someone to suffer seizures. For example, diabetes, stress, shock, an accident, brain injury, epilepsy can be the culprits.