When my neurologist tells me I need to get another electroencephalogram, I feel a little anxious. I don’t like the thought of having cables glued to my scalp for a whole day and not being able to do anything but stay home, anyway I have to get the EEG. They use this to detect electrical … Continue reading My latest electroencephalogram
When I first heard of the Coronavirus spread, the first question I had was if it would increase my risk of seizures, if it would cause one, even while I'm on medication or if it increased the risk of coronavirus. People with epilepsy are not immunocompromised so it does not put us at a higher … Continue reading Epilepsy and COVID-19
It has officially been one year since I moved into my own apartment. Well, owned by my parents right next to their house, but it's mine. This is the first time I have a kitchen all to myself and no, I haven't set anything on fire, at least not yet. I think that's a very … Continue reading One year in my apartment
I just realized what a huge mistake I made staying in bed this morning after I turned off my alarm. In my head, I turned it off, got up, took my medicine which include B6, Folic Acid, Ritalin, Zoloft, and most importantly one doze of Vimpat. That is the most important one in the morning … Continue reading I forgot this morning
As a part of Epilepsy Awareness Month, I would like to share an interesting article I found: Solving a century-old neuroscience puzzle may lead to epilepsy therapy Neurotransmitters, or NTs, are chemicals that neurons synthesize and release, which bind to receptors on adjacent neurons. Excitatory NTs like glutamate will activate neurons (i.e. cause them to … Continue reading Solving a neuroscience puzzle
November is an important month, not because the holiday season starts soon or because we eat turkey, because it's epilepsy awareness month. There are a lot of activities happening around the world to teach people about epilepsy and to help people who suffer from it. I want to welcome November, like I always do, offering … Continue reading Epilepsy Awareness Month
Now that my new kitchen is almost ready, I have to start getting used to cooking again. As I’ve mentioned before, using the stove or oven was prohibited for me after the accident because of the epilepsy. Also, I don't want to think about what would have happened if I ever left the stove or … Continue reading Cooking in MY kitchen
This morning I had an appointment with my neurologist to discuss those episodes I have had and the result of the EEG. I'll be honest with you, I was terrified that he would say they found something weird in my brain activity meaning he would need to increase the epilepsy medication dose and I was … Continue reading EEG results are in
Some of you may remember my anger at the health insurance company, which just made me unsure whether I was going to be able to have my medicine, right? Well for those of you who don't or were not with us at the time, I'll give you a little summary: After my TBI I was … Continue reading Take that health care!
The first time I went to the neurologist here in Puerto Rico I was given some rules, thing I can't do when living with epilepsy. Some of these I can do now that I have been able to control my epilepsy for so long, others I still need to reach the two years, and there … Continue reading What’s for lunch?
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, … Continue reading Keep it up, don’t quit now
Earlier today I found out that apparently no health insurance wants to cover epilepsy medicine. I visited my neurologist's office this afternoon to ask about the justification we asked him to write for me, the one so I would be accepted back into my mother's health insurance coverage. His secretary didn't remember seeing it but … Continue reading I have a problem and you’re not helping
Well, in the current episode of Health Insurance vs. Maria, I am very frustrated. After we found out that, because of my condition, I can still be covered by the same health insurance plan as my mom, we are trying to get me back in. In order to get me back in they need another … Continue reading These epilepsy drugs
My neurologist sent the pharmacy the justification for my need of the anti-seizure medicine yesterday afternoon. The pharmacy didn't get around to getting it to the health insurance until today. They could be excused if they didn't know my need for the medicine was like, yesterday, if we hadn't been asking for it for days. … Continue reading My battle with health insurance- Day 2
Having health insurance is something we have all come to need, but a big pain in the b...ack. I just changed my health insurance coverage because I'm about to turn 26, at which age I can no longer be covered by the same plan as my parents. So as soon as we could, we went … Continue reading Why can’t I have my meds?