ADULT CHILD WITH EPILEPSY

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Registered: 04-19-2003
ADULT CHILD WITH EPILEPSY
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Sun, 10-19-2003 - 3:41pm
My Son has Epilepsy. (Petite Mal) He just woke up with it one day when he was 10 years old. He is now 21. Doctors say Children get it by waking up with it, and adults get it by getting hit in the head. He has an ongoing problem of FORGETTING to take his medications on time. I'm @ my wits end with him about not taking his meds on time. My God, he's been on this medication for 11 years now, how can he forget to take it? He's tried using an arlarm watch, people reminding him, a pill box with the days of the week on it, nothing is working. And I'm just baffled @ what to do. I know this is his problem and not mind but I worry about him. Especially now that he's a father. I posted this here cause I coudn't find a childhood diseases board. I also heard that when children develope epilepsy it sometimes just goes away after the child comes out of their teen years but now my son is 21 & still has it. I aslo heard of a diet that sometimes works for childern but I can't see him not taking his medicine daily. When he forgets to take his meds he's like "drugged up", slow responses to questions and forgets what he's talking about and he'll stop talking for a minute right in a middle of a sentence. He doesn't even know he's experincing the seizure. The doctor says as long as he answers to his name when the seizure starts he'll be ok. Does anyone out there have any suggestions? Thank You for your time.

Teri
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sun, 10-19-2003 - 4:27pm

I can really not help you.