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Posted by Connie on November 06, 2000 at 17:12:21:

HI, MY NAME IS CONNIE AND I HAVE HAD EPILEPSY MOST OF MY LIFE,(I AM 42 NOW) FOR MANY YEARS I DROVE AS MY SEIZURE WEREN'T FRREQUENT, ABOUT ONE OR TWO A YEAR.(I THOUGHT THAT WAS BAD). FOUR YEARS AGO MY SEIZURES GOT WORSE, COMING MORE FREQUENT, AVERAGE ONE GRAND-MAL PER MONTH, SEVERAL SMALL SEIZURES SEVERAL TIMES AMONTH(MANY IN ONE DAY SOME TIMES) THESE COME WITHOUT WARNING USUALLY. SO....BECAUSE OF THAT I DON'T DRIVE AND AM TRYING TO GET THE SHUTTLE SERVICE, AS FOR ONE, I DON'T WANT TO BE STANDING AT SOME BUS STOP AND HAVE A SEIZURE, OR FOR THAT FACT, I AM NOT TO THRILLED WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A SEIZURE ON MY WAY TO THE BUS. I ALSSO HAVE SIDE EFFECTS TO MY LAMICTAL AND TEGRETOL THAT HAVE GREATLY INCREASED...ESP. WITH THE ADDITION OF LAMICTAL AND INCREASES OF THE MEDS TO HELP DECREASE MY SEIZURES(LIKE I SAID, I AM DOWN NOW TO ABOUT ONE GRAND-MAL A MONTH--YEA!) WORKING WITH MY MEDS IS CON'T ONGOING, AS MANY KNOW ALL TOO WELL.
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN RELATE AND HELP ME WITH MY SITUATION? I HAVE BEEN USE TO MOST MY LIFE STRIVING FOR INDEPENCE...AND BOY WAS I. COLLEGE, WORKED FOR 20+YEARS, DROVE ....INDEPENDANT. TOO A CERTAAIN POINT I STILL AM, BUT I HAVE MORE LIMITATIONS NOW.
FEEL FREE TO WRITE ME AT MY E-MAIL ADDRESS....IT'S NICE TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO CAN RELATE.
THANKS,
CONNIEL58@AOL.COM

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