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What little it takes to someone to be happy :)

In the life of a person with epilepsy, there are constant worries: when to take your pills, what to eat (avoiding stimulants and stuff), to try not to get angry etc. One constant concern is to give all and the correct information to your doctor(s) so that they can do something for you.

I had my first seizure when I was 15, my second one a year later with the third following a month later. There wasn’t any pattern or any visible cause and … I was a teenager. Keeping a record wasn’t really top of the priorities for me.

A few years ago, I started writing down my seizures so I would know, if needed, what happened and when.

Looking back….who could actually remember something like that from 8-9-10 years ago. My list was showing “2000 – 2007?!?”.

But yesterday, while doing a clean-up of my paperwork, I found a list I made up in 2012 for employment in Belgium. It included a thoroughly completed list with the dates and number of seizures from each year since 1999. It seems I did this “exercise” before:).

What little does it take for a person to be happy :). A hand-written list of what went wrong with me and the opportunity to count my seizures….that made me happy yesterday.

Here’s my count: from 1999 to the end of 2017, I had 69 grand-mal (tonic-clonic) seizures, making it about 4 per year.