Summer is officially over, at least for me. My summer companion and my ride, my mom, started working today. That’s it,the two month’s went by too fast, as they do every summer and on the end of summer I let myself down. Why? Because on the very first day of August, of this new semester, I did not go to the gym. There was a very good reason, as there always is when I’m trying to make myself feel better about not going, but I had to go to the neurologist to get anti seizure medicine.

But what will be my excuse tomorrow? I hope I don’t need one tomorrow and I am able to go because after just two weeks I feel pretty good.

Today a just did a short workout video at home and I feel great after that, just moving a little bit makes a difference in how you feel, whether you go to the gym or stay at home. I really didn’t think the workout video would help, but it did. This doesn’t mean that I won’t go to the gym because I like getting out of the house and seeing other people, even if I don’t talk to most of them. It is a great feeling, I feel so relaxed now, even if I don’t know why I’m relaxed because I was not stressed or worried before.

Well I was worried about the anti epileptic medicine, but I solved that before working out, so maybe it’s the medicine and not the workout? I don’t know…

17 thoughts on “Keep it up, don’t quit now

  1. Maria, I will elaborate further for you so there is no risk for any possible misunderstanding. I am willing to share my story regarding my situation, however, only at my discretion. You seem like a nice person, however, if someone tried to claim my identity as their own, that would lead to unnecessary problems for me, not anything I would fault you for, however, theft of a person’s identity is a concern of mine. Nobody outside of my immediate or extended family knows about my situation except for what I elect to share.

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      1. Maria, it is not a problem for me to share my experiences. Quite honestly, I am happy and willing to speak of them. Just at my discretion. Where I live there is not a viable means of public transportation and not a lot of employment opportunities. The one downside to living in a small town. An upside is that it is quiet in some ways. You said that you did not mean to be so forward in one of your comments. Personally, I like it when people are direct when it comes to whatever they have to say. Being polite and courteous is a good quality, of course, however, I don’t like it when people feel the need to beat around the bush when it comes to whatever they have to say.

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  2. Maria, Epilepsy sucks, however, it is not going to stop me from living my life and doing what I enjoy. The only downsides as I mentioned are the not being able to drive and the excruciating headaches. Now, if I lived in an area that enabled me to walk to a job, which I do not, that would help me greatly. The upside of not being able to drive is not having to worry about parking tickets or speeding tickets.

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    1. That’s the spirit!!! We can’t stop living our lives. I’ll never forget the day I saw a doctor who told me I couldn’t do anything, I should just stay in bed all day. After deciding to never see that doctor again I kept working harder to get better and I haven’t stopped since then.
      We have to stay motivated and keep going on with our lives.
      And another upside of not driving is not paying for gas either.

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    1. I don’t, I just remember being really tired and feeling like I ran a marathon. The not driving thing was really hard, having to ask people to drive me everywhere but I got used to it. I can drive now because I have been seizure free for over two years but I have only tried a few times and just in the parking lot. It makes me nervous and I don’t really remember.

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    1. No, I don’t get migraines and thank god after the brain injury I don’t get headaches, not even when I had auras. I get headaches when I’m hungry and I always get scared it might be an aura but then I remember that happens when I’m hungry

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        1. Not being able to drive really makes things more difficult. I always had friends and family willing to pick me up and drive me places so I have been able to manage. The down side is that now that I have my epilepsy controlled I haven’t driven in so long I have to learn again.
          How long has it been since you were diagnosed?

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          1. Maria, I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus at birth, however, the Epilepsy came into play a few years later. I cannot recall when exactly, however, I will probably have to deal with it as a lifelong condition. Even though this is not the case, even though I am glad to know that I am not alone, the only thing that helps me is knowing that no other member of my nuclear or extended family has it.

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          2. There is no cure for epilepsy yet, all we can hope for is finding the right medicine to keep it under control and to not have more seizures. All we can do is be brave and from what you have told me you are very brave and strong and I wish you the best.

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        1. You’re welcome and it’s ok, I understand and I did not mean to be so forward.
          But I’m glad to hear from another epilepsy patient who is not scared or held back by the situation. You’re not letting it scare you or hold you back. You have been dealing with this much longer than I have and I was just wondering if you ever felt scared to tell anyone or if anyone around you (friends, classmates etc.) knew?

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