2016 Edition of Christmas & Traveling with Epilepsy

I am making my annual trek to my family for Christmas.  In Christmas, Family, & Traveling with Epilepsy, I talked about the preparations that I would make for my trips.

Last year, I was taken to the ER while visiting my family in another state.  I wonder if there is something I can do to prevent a repeat of that incident.

In the past, I brought along a mp3 player (iPod) to listen to meditation / relaxation music.  It helps keep me relaxed during the flight.  However, my mp3 player died, so I will have to try to find an affordable replacement before the flight.

My neurologist bumped up my meds since the incident.  I will need to double check my Medic Alert information to make sure it is correct.  I already have enough medicine to last until January, so that will not be a problem.

I need to call my health insurance company to find out what sort of coverage I will have when traveling out of state.  I changed my insurance since last year.  If something does happen, I hope they will at least pay for some of the ER bill.

Do you have any recommendations for my trip?  What has worked for you when you last traveled?



My Chaotic Thanksgiving Thoughts

My thoughts this Thanksgiving are a bit chaotic.  This is my first Thanksgiving where I will not be around family or friends.  I’m not quite sure how to deal with the situation.

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How do you tell your boss about your epilepsy?

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.

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Weight Loss Challenge Accepted!

In the past few months, I have gained some weight.  My larger sized dress pants now fit a little snug.  I knew something needed to be done.

When my sister called suggesting a weight loss challenge, I enthusiastically said yes!  We have done this before, and I enjoyed it.  I like to have a good challenge that I can overcome.  I have a few goals in mind for this weight loss challenge:

Goal #1

My first goal is not to come in last.  From that sentence alone you can figure out what happened the last time we did this.

Goal #2

With the exception of Zumba classes, I have never liked exercising.  While I still love them, I frequently find excuses not to go.  I am also attempting to save money on gym memberships and try doing more cardio at home.


In the past, my neurologist recommended not doing anything too radical.  Someone I know made the simple observation that I don’t eat many vegetables.  When I was attempting to come up with a strategy, I thought that would be a good place to start.  I am also going to eat more healthy fats such as the ones in avocados, sardines, and salmon.  I have found an exercise plan online.  I want to follow it for 30 days.

My first day was yesterday and I need to report in on Fridays.   Maybe this would be a good blog theme on Fridays for the next few weeks.  Do you have any good weight loss suggestions?

The Terrible Combination of Anxiety, Insomnia & Epilepsy

As I have mentioned in Why I Couldn’t Finish Writing 101, I have been really stressed lately.  My caffeine intake has been higher than normal.  I was attempting to keep to a strict sleeping schedule.  I had the belief that I would be more productive if I was well rested.  This idea worked for a while.

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Day 12 – Procrastination is Bad


The semester is only a few weeks along and I am already an anxiety ridden mess.  I procrastinated on grading papers, and have some deadlines coming up.  I want to have some time to enjoy some personal time, while still being able to get most of the stuff graded.  I know procrastination is bad.  Why do I always do it?