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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?

 

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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.

Strategy

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?