Student Nurse with Epilepsy - page 2
Hello, I have had Epilepsy all my life, since I was 8 yrs old, and my seizures are actually very controlled, after having brain surgery. I am currently in Nursing School, this is something I... Read More
1Oct 2, '13 by Madras, ASN, RNQuote from sharpeimomI have epilepsy as well. My first grand mal seizure was in elementary school and continued on. I'm on meds and well controlled. I'm in my last year of nursing school now and have learned over the years about my stressors, sleep, not missing doses etc and how they affect my lifestyle.Staycalm, something you can begin to do now, (if you haven't done so already) is to put your son in charge of taking his own meds. He's at an age where he wants to feel more grown up, and there are so many ways he still can't be safely independent quite yet, and taking his own meds on his own, by himself, is a great start to becoming responsible for his own condition. My mom did it with me and I can remember how proud and grown up I felt.
I soon discovered how much better I felt when I took my meds on schedule instead of skipping a dose here and there, going to bed on time instead of reading under the covers with a flashlight every night, and generally NOT trying to sidestep my parents' rules. That's a pretty rebellious age!
ETA: What I didn't know then was that my mom was overseeing the whole process or the first month or so by tracking pill counts.
My parents did the same thing for me as well. They let me take control of my seizures by giving me this responsibility (with close monitoring and counting I'm sure lol). I feel it gave me the maturity to think critically and deal with complex issues. Of course I had a few slips which resulted in a rebound seizure but how many teens haven't?!
On the note of having seizures in school, work etc..... Yea I had one in Medical Assisting school a few years back. I had skipped a few doses. Was it embarrassing?? Not really. Were my classmates concerned? Absolutely. Honestly when I came to (emt sticking me for bg ouch) I was really only concerned if I had wet my pants!!!!!
It took a bit to gain confidence again and feel like I wasn't a walking accident but the key is to know your body, know your triggers, take your meds and smile!!
Woops I almost forgot I had one at work too smack down in the middle of the drs office!!! I'd never received so many get well cards in my life lol!
1Oct 3, '13 by staycalmsharpiemom- agree! We have an amazing pediatric neurologist that has really led the way & set the standard for how to parent through this. He advocates normalcy as soon as achievable- by not placing unnecessary boundaries on kids with epilepsy- how that can debilitate to normal development than the epilepsy itself. The world is mostly still open to all possibilities- with unknowns for sure and bumps along the way.
Our son had definitely stepped up and is VERY responsible for 11 (almost 12). He FINALLY can swallow his pills, allowing for independence. He has a pill box with the days of the week with an am & pm box for each. He takes his pills on his own...and then I try to check often & make sure. He does slip up some, but he tries very hard to remember on his own. I agree it's important for him to "own" this.
1Oct 3, '13 by sharpeimom, MSN GuideStaycalm, when you have enough posts to PM other members (I'm not quite sure how many that is) please feel free to contact me and we can chat. I've been down the road your son is traveling now. Sometimes when you have the type of seizure he and I have it can be exceedingly difficult to convince someone who presumably should know more, and think they know enough but don't, that you are indeed having a seizure. Most people, including some physicians,some nurses, and the general public, believe it wasn't a REAL seizure if you didn't lose consciousness, lose bladder control, and act disoriented afterwards. I, for example, have vice grip-strength contractions in my face. I also have abdominal seizures. Again, NO loss of consciousness and, as the nurse in my PCP's office said, "Nothing weird." Huh?
If he needs answers down the road, if kids ask questions he can't answer, I'm here to help. We all are.
0Oct 4, '13 by Ele123Thanks for this! I haven't been formally diagnosed with seizures but the doctor said I have "seizure-like movements". I'm almost always conscious, but I still feel like I'm a distraction to other students in class and during clinicals, especially since I don't know exactly what they are so I can really explain them. My main concern is working 7pm-7am. Several professors have encouraged me to get a job as an AUA or nurse tech and since I'm in school M-F during the day, the only shifts I would be able to work would be the weekends. I've also been told by professors and current nurses that new grads always get night shift. This whole working nights thing is annoying, especially since I've been told the experience is good. To clarify, I do not currently work nights because I know it exacerbates things.
0Jun 21, '15 by deej394, BSNHi,
Can you tell me more about how you managed this? I am just finishing up nursing school, and I have been assigned all nights for my preceptorship. I am very worried and nervous about having a seizure I CAN'T have a seizure. I would lose my driver's license which cannot happen because I would have no way to get to work once I am employed. I just found out today about the nights and I am super stressed and nervous about it. I feel like I just can't do it, and if this had happened earlier in the program, as embarrassed as I am to say it, I would probably have given up. Do you, or anyone else on this thread have any suggestions on how to manage working nights with epilepsy? I've found out from previous EEGs that I am super sensitive to sleep deprivation, and that when I don't get enough sleep, I am much more likely to have a seizure. I am always really careful to get a decent amount of sleep, and I usually go to bed at about the same time each night. I'm freaking out and really afraid that I'll have a seizure during my preceptorship because of the sleep deprivation.