Christmas, Family, & Travelling with Epilepsy


Yes it is October and I am already talking about Christmas and the upcoming Holiday Season.  Last year, in Christmas, Airplanes, & Epilepsy, I talked about making my annual trip to see my family.

I have just bought my tickets and am excited to go see my family once again!  Some people may not always feel that way, but I feel a strong desire to be with family over Christmas.  It has also been a whole year since I have seen them last.  I would actually like to fly back and see them more often, but my current budget won’t allow that.

My trip last year was relatively uneventful, so I will attempt to prepare myself for this year’s flight in the same way.  The mp3 player that I usually use to listen to music while flying has died since my last flight, so I will have to purchase a new one before my next trip.  I will have to make sure that my Medic Alert information is current.  I will also write down some useful information in a notebook for the flight attendant if something happens.

Relaxation Music

Christmas, Airplanes, & Epilepsy

Holiday Plans

Holiday LightsI have recently made plans to fly to visit my family during Christmas.  None of my immediate family members live in the same city (or state) that I do, so I need to fly to visit them.  I have flown by myself only once before.  At that time, I listened to relaxing music to ease the stress of flying.  At least for myself, flying on airplanes has lost its fun appeal in the last few years.  Especially during the holidays when airport employees would rather be somewhere else, and they take that anger out on you.

I have not told the airline about having epilepsy.  I have my Medic Alert necklace.  My seizures are controlled so far, and I don’t think that will change.  When I have told some people about my epilepsy in the past, I scared them.  I am a very blunt person at times.   Should I be more proactive in letting the airline know that I have epilepsy?  If so, what would be the best way to do this?


Epilepsy & Classical Music

I wanted to do some online research to see if there was some connection between epilepsy and classical music.  Every time that I listen to it I instantly forget all of my worries and feel completely at ease.

According to

  • Raymond Barr, head of the Coronary Care unit at Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital says, “For adult patients, half an hour of music produces the same effect as ten milligrams of Valium.”
  • For best results, do not listen to music for more than three hours at one time. If you find that you’ve had music playing for more than three hours, turn it off and take a break. The brain responds to variety and too much of any one stimulus produces a kind of fatigue and even irritation.
  • You are unique. Experiment with different types of music, and be aware of the effects each style of music has upon your mental, emotional and physical well-being

If the website and the studies are correct, classical music can have many different neurological benefits.  Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?  What music were you listening to at the time?

If you have not listened to classical music before, here is your chance.   Leave a reply and let me know if the music had an effect at all. You may need to listen to it more than once.  The music in the video below is Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major.  By the way, I did not create the video or the music.  At the very least, you will have the opportunity to listen to music written by a genius.