First of all, I want to apologize for not posting in a really long time. I wanted to ask fellow patients with epilepsy for advice.
First of all, a bit of history. Many of you who have followed this blog know that I teach part-time at a couple of colleges in my area. Most of my tonic-clonic or myoclonic seizures occur late at night. I don’t know why this happens, but it does. When I started working at each place, I did not tell them that I had epilepsy. My reasoning was the following:
- If I scheduled my classes carefully, I could avoid any problems.
- I had already been doing the above for years, so I had some experience.
- If I schedule my courses carefully, I can leave lots of time for stress-reduction activities like exercising or meditation.
At the moment, I am not getting the number of classes that I was expecting, which resulted in lot of anxiety. There is also a lot of pressure and stress to meet end of the semester deadlines. Something needs to change. I would like your advice:
Have I just been extremely lucky so far? Should I go to my boss and tell him/her about my chronic condition? If so, what would be a good way of approaching the situation? I can be a little too blunt at times.