My younger son, Lawrie, is at home today. Sleeping.
Just over two years ago, he suddenly developed epilepsy, overnight, I had to learn how to deal with someone having a fit. We quickly learnt the difference between old wives tales and the reality, I learnt that he could hear me during a fit, so his older brother Thomas and me would gently talk to him throughout, trying to reassure him, until the fit subsided and he fell into a deep sleep. At the time, we went from day to day, moment to moment on tenterhooks never knowing when another fit would strike. Over the space of four or five weeks he had 10 full blown Grand Mal. Once the tests were done and his medication was sorted out, we were able to relax, the fits stopped. But recently they have started again, just mild ones, but they scare the shit out of Lawrie. We have been back to the doctors, and they seem to think that as he is going through a growing spurt (14 1/2) and he is outgrowing his dosage, so the tablets have been increased. Also, a few weeks ago, we picked up his monthly supply from the local chemist, and when we opened them that night, they were a different brand, still the same drug but a different label, we used them. We now know that epilepsy is the one area where you have to stick to the same brand, epilepsy is so sensitive, it can be affected by the smallest bio chemical change between brands of the same drug. We didn’t know this, but the chemist should have, the staff at the chemist have apologised. But Lawrie now seems to be experiencing the effects of his system trying to settle down again, hence last night about midnight he had a small seizure.