When she finally does, enlightenment dawns all around. This is a fine depiction of the complexities of a long-term marriage, the reasons we become who we are and develop a certain way, the negotiations with our mates, our parents, our kids. The tales we tell ourselves. What talent. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Noteworthy: the romantic lead, Alec, is a beta male. Also noteworthy is that the romantic couple is older, in their late 40s, early 50s, resp. Finally, but not the least important, is that the impediment to their romance is a husband who is nuanced.
His illness is dealt with sensitively, although some may say adultery is adultery and put the book aside. I have only two knocks on the book. Some of the descriptions really were too long. Two or three aspects to give us a sense of place is fine; beyond that, I skimmed. Second, the ending is wrapped up far too quickly. A mountain of information is skipped over with the turn of a page, and the resolution was less meaningful than it could have been. It was a bit like an epilogue without an ending. Still, a thoughtful and lovely book. This book had me riveted.
Elizabeth Berg is amazing in her ability to make you laugh and cry. I know. An example is the hide-and-seek scene, when Myra, the main character, remembers play ending as parents call their kids in for the night, and Myra was the last child to go home. Although the plot is about a woman caring for a terminally ill man who she loves, the story is about an emotionally neglected child growing up and learning to accept her feelings, and to embrace life in spite of that burden. The ending was beautifully literary although I had to read it twice to see the thematic resolution.
When I did see it, I felt uplifted. We always have a choice. The novel was profoundly moving, and I recommend it. Enjoy this very much. Bosch is retired now and volunteering for the San Fernando Police Department, working cold cases. His mission in life is to bring bad guys to justice, and that every victim matters. Harry is working on one case when he is asked to go undercover as a drug-addicted senior citizen the subplot , and both stories are thrilling and rich.
As a silver-hair myself, I also enjoyed the references to the passage of time, of life. Highly recommended. This is an unusual book. The story just demonstrates it, a literary victory of show over tell. Dulcie aptly named is a sweet person whose primary food group is cake. Dulcie never married. She has no friends except for acquaintances from church, and her only family is Alexis, a very hostile daughter who is also struggling. Dulcie has a secret that she fears will tear Alexis from her. Enter the homeless preacher. They meet at her church, and become friends.
She quickly becomes enamored. Is he playing her or is he legit? This question alone drives the book, especially with that title, which could be taken two ways. I found this story fascinating. I cared about Dulcie. Yet she seemed so authentic, I felt like a fly on the wall in her life. For the length of this book, I was able to visit another world. It was interesting, watching her go about her life and make decisions that endangered her…or did they? The ending will be controversial, I think, for readers.
It demonstrated the change in Dulcie that needed to happen. What a great collection of stories.
Various individuals all face life challenges…some unique to the second half of life and some ageless. The wife, like so many of the women, settles in right away, very happy, while Itch Isaac the husband, has no friends and no interests, until….
This collection was originally published in , and in some ways, that shows. In the book, a year-old man is considered old. The inhabitants of Sunset Village are far less active and fit than they would be today. The best thing about this book is that Warren Adler is a great storyteller. Really a delightful book. What a cool book! I loved it. And boo to the titles that make aging look like nothing but a horrific slog, filled with negativity and unpleasantness.
Strout is a magnificent writer, and she had me in her thrall—for a while. I include it here because most of the characters are well over age fifty. You feel less alone in the memory, and maybe understand it a bit more. Quite a feat for a storyteller! But some say we read to understand the human condition; I surely do. Examples from the book, cryptic to avoid spoilers: when the three Barton children reunite, and the way their emotions range from one extreme to another; when Tommy and Charlie both demonstrate the loneliness of not being truly one with, or having secrets from, the person you love; and when Dottie feels used by the neediness of one of her guests.
Oh, relatable! So even though I was disappointed in the structure, the writing is a ten. I would have loved this story even if the person charged with bringing the year-old back to her family had been a younger man. Joanna was kidnapped by Indians when they raided her farm and killed her family. Captain Kidd is You know I look for stories with older main characters, and this one is a real standout.
He thinks about how much his bones hurt and how, after fleeing danger, he needs more time now to recover, but he perseveres. As he and the girl grow closer, to each other and to their destination, he becomes more and more concerned about her future welfare. How he resolves that is delicious. After I finished the book, I replayed it over in my mind, enjoying it again.
The author, Paulette Jiles, is so skillful that I was entranced from the first page. She uses dialogue in the same way as Kent Haruf, without quotation marks, which makes it more subtle, as if you just happened to hear it in passing. Her descriptions are sublime. What a talent. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Fine character development, good dramatic tension, rich scenes and settings. I appreciated the depiction of an older woman living life on her own terms, even though she had to buck most of her family to do so.
The ending is very satisfying. The only aspect of this work that I feel could have been improved on was its length. However, for some, that would be a rich element. A good read. When I first began reading, I thought, oh, no, another author with a low opinion of old people. And Arthur Pepper does change, because he is curious about who his wife was before she met him. The discoveries shake his world, but ultimately for the good. Following in the footsteps of James Michener, Jim Misko has penned an award-winning tale of the Barrett brothers, two men in their sixties, who must travel up and down the South Platte River through Nebraska, a journey of hundreds of miles.
Their recently-deceased mother stipulated in her will that the brothers travel halfway on horseback and halfway via canoe, with the midpoint being the confluence of the North and South Platte. They must complete the journey in 61 days, and must observe, learn, and complete a report on the impacts of their increasingly-industrialized farming methods on the river. If they fail to meet her stipulations, their family farm will be donated to charity. Thus all three are forced into new and life-changing roles.
A certain avaricious landowner conspires with a power-lusting attorney to thwart the Barrett brothers. All manner of difficulties are thrown in front of the three siblings, orchestrated by a man whose hold on the region is matched by his great wealth. I enjoyed this story of midlife growth and change. There are other subplots and story threads within the main story, and Jim Misko paints a compassionate picture of American culture with all its greatness and failings. This was a first-class read from a wonderful writer. What a wonderful novel! It had everything.
Here are some of the elements that made me love it: beautiful writing. Beautiful setting — contemporary Alaska. Other themes: Family, who offer both frustration and sanctuary. A middle-aged woman dealing with grief and finding her true direction in life. The conflict between commerce, politics, power, and ancient lands. Losers and outlaws redeemed; the mighty brought low.
Of course, my favorite thing is to read about very old characters who bring strength, wisdom, and a bittersweet flavor to the story. When we meet him, old Keb is on his way to a hospital to see his grandson, a star athlete whose career has just ended before it began due to a logging accident. Thank you for this. Thank you so much for this info..
Thank you for your interest in our research, and we hope it proves helpful. Regarding children of GW veterans- have there been any studies or outreach surveys for percentage, aif any, of children having auto-immune issues? Specifically, GW veteran children having Psoriasis, but also any increase for all auto-immune issues. Also, is there any significant theory that Sarin, Cycolsarin, DU, oil well fires, and other regional environmentals, causes DNA breakdown? Thank you- jc.
Please contact us at GWIC bu. Served in the Persian Gulf from August April I have PTSD, chronic fatigue, chronic joint pain, panic attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, headaches, depression, anxiety, and Short term memory loss. Feel free to email me or call me at jetmechst gmail. If you have questions about participating our research or would like information about seeking healthcare and claims from the VA, please contact us at or email GWIC bu.
I have PTSD, degenerative disc disease, depression, anxiety, chronic joint pain,short term memory problems,2 heart attacks,2 spinal fusion. I was very healthy when deployed and when I got home but as time passes these problems started to plague me I tried to stay in shape but it has gotten progressively harder. If you have questions about participating in our research or would like information about seeking healthcare from the VA, please contact us at or email GWIC bu. My Primary doctor blames everything that has ever been wrong with me on my weight. Is there any help out here for me? I feel like dying little by little each day.
If you have questions about our research or would like information about seeking healthcare from the VA, please contact us at or email GWIC bu. I got sick once, passed out, awoke in a British hospital. About 10 years later, at 30, my endocrine system was about completely shot. Even though I have no family history of any issues like this affecting a living father, mother, and 3 older siblings.
Hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, etc, etc. Cronic fatigue and bronchitis. I dont know if anyone else suffers from a damaged endocrine system, but if anyone would care to collect information on me for a study that might lead to some answers, feel free to reach out to me or ask me to get in touch with you.
If you are interested in learning more about participating in our research, please give us a call at or an email to GWIC bu. Someone has to realize that some of us work till we are overcome physically and mentally. A phone call will not come close to fixing our lives. I was in the Gulf War I got high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin rash all over my body, joint derteriation, memory lost, body aches , arthritis.
We are so sorry to hear about your health problems. If you would like to learn more about our study or want information about seeking health care and treatment, please call us at or email us at GWIC bu. My conditions is getting worse, digestion n memory. These two things is not part of my service connection. We need answers n help. VA is not getting us the help we need. I live in Indianapolis Indiana. Being on that desert with the oil wells burning n everything else is going on.
I came in just in time to deploy to desert storm. I retire of 30 years in February Was in the Marines. Was in desert storm snd shield. Had the anthrax and other shots. Made the big golf ball sized knots in the back of your arms. Was around all the burn pits, burning oil fields etc. Now I fight chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, heart problems, joint pain, anxiety, Gaul bladder problems snd nearly every single problem associated to what ever the hell happened over there but the people in charge wants nothing to do with it. I have been a workaholic for years but now I am coming to the point of coughing up blood and pain in my joints are so bad I am now limited to what I can even do.
I feel like all us vets have been given a second chance to die for our country. Semper Fi. GW vet here…in addition to bp and cholesterol, high glucose, and a couple of heart stents, we discovered a pituitary tumor in which had been hiding out for years, growing to about the size of a walnut and producing excessive amounts of growth hormone…acromegaly occurred.
You have one life, and one death, right? OK, most people do, anyway. How do you increase a ratio of one to one? He also has extensive scaring around his lungs from all the burning oil he was exposed to in Kuwait and probably other chemicals from the scud attack in Jabal Al. My thoughts and prayers go out to every single one of you that served and now are suffering with this horrible illness. God Bless. If he would like to participate in our study or would like more information about seeking health care and treatment, please contact us at or GWIC bu.
Joint pain, fatigue and memory problems have been my biggest problems. Started slowly after returning but feels like I fell off a cliff about 5 years ago, turning 55 this year. If you would like to participate in another study or want more information about health care and treatment, please give us a call at or email us at GWIC bu. I am now 52 and have been on cholesterol meds since age I now have type II diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and arthritis and chronic pain in my knees, back and shoulders. I get bronchitis about once or twice a year.
We are sorry to hear about your health problems and thank you for your interest in our research. I also took the pills and shots. When I asked if they would put them on my medical records, they said no. Had a massive heart attack at the age of Now my cholesterol and blood pressure if high. I am a gulf war veteran. Combat support in log base echo.. Rheumatoid arthritis …etc basically at 48 I have the capability of someone in his 70s I am writing this to support claim of my fellow comrades.. God bless you and thank you for your service.
The article states they were unable to find enough females for the study. Additionally need to check with the unit I was assigned to. To include myself. I retired in 94 and started having problems with my hips shortly after. In at the age of 45 I had to have double hip replacement. The VA doctor diagnosed it as avascular necrosis he said it was caused by too much drinking. Anyone else with this problem. Please contact me at snatchblock aol. I am ready to give up on the system but I gave 20 years of my life to this country and think I deserve better than this. I was given shots and had to take pb pills.
High blood pressure, stage 5 renal failure and trying to get va disability. I would like to know if there is any desert storm veteran with renal failure and what steps they took. We serve with honor, but we are not being served with honor from our country. C-files included,. I was in the 82nd Airborne Division and pushed into Iraq during the ground war. I received anthrax vaccinations, took PB pills every 8 hours as ordered and a mystery pill given ordered to us the night we pushed into Iraq. We were in the area were our engineers blew up Iraqi ordinance containing sarin.
There were blown up Iraqi burning tanks and vehicles, enemy bunkers, dead bodies etc. We are so sorry to hear about your serious health problems. We would like to help you in any way we can. I feel you brother. Try Eat greens and it will turn your gut bacteria around.
Walking a mile or more a day will stimulate and help the gut to lower the chronic fatigue and the other stuff. Stop eating anything with pesticides. It is just watered down nerve agent. Wheat has a ton as does corn… Just eat rice and potatoes for a weeks and see how you feel. I am an army DSS veteran who spent 20 years on active duty, serving on 3 continents as a nurse anesthetist.
I retired in from the army. We were exposed to many other environmental toxins as mentioned in other posts. Those medical members have had difficulty getting service connection too.
Our hospital commander was also a VA physician who was having trouble getting his own troops service connected. But the VA has become better now so please resubmit your claims! The first author is Dr. I recommend veterans get this article and share it with their physicians!
I went to the one in New Jersey. But also every Desert Storm vet is entitled to a Gulf War Exam by a physician, using in a post-deployment or post clinic setting, regardless of whether they are registered with the VA for routine care…. Including copies of GWI research inclusion and participation as an affected Gulf War Veteran will help your claim for connection too, in my opinion. The paper trail of: 1. Gulf War exam, 2. These physicians are the toxicology experts on environmental exposures. Or paying out of pocket for a visit to a board certified occupational and environmental medicine physician specialist may help you casually link your exposures to your Gulf War symptoms.
GWI research supports the use of ubiquinol, but do discuss ubiquinol use with your physician before taking this supplement. CBD oil which has anti-inflammation properties, should be from a manufacturer that has third party testing to make sure there is no pesticide residue and no lead contaminants. Many of us have depression with GWI and indeed it is often because we do not, as exposed Gulf War 1 vets, make enough of the neuro-transmitter: dopamine.
So treatment with the prescription drug Wellbutrin may be very helpful for both depression and fatigue. My Rx was prescribed by my VA psychiatric nurse clinician. I had other symptoms during or after the war: urinary frequency, memory challenges, distraction almost like ADHD, cognitive challenges, hypothyroidism, difficulty discerning fullness after eating, low libido, non-restorative sleep, increased muscular tension in some muscles that require acupuncture and PT, weakness in other muscles and delayed nerve conduction, trouble with balance, With aging I now have elevated blood sugar levels and I have osteoporosis.
I have low salivary cortisol. I will be asking to have a full endocrine work-up soon and will ask that my endocrinologist read endocrine research done by Bronx VA, Dr. Julia Golier, as a guide for their approach. I am service connected just this year. I have been reading many complaints in posts about the VA. This is a Congress issue more than a VA issue. And ultimately this is a USA citizen issue. Citizens love soldiers because soldiers do what most citizens do not want to do. But citizens do not love veterans. Also, tell your congressmen and women that you do not want privatized healthcare as vets!
I have been disappointed in these contractors. Do you want this? I do not. Privatization of VA is happening. Congress in awarded 6. That contract may have already been extended further. Write your Congress about your inabilities to get service connected. Write your president about not privatizing the VA. Right now Gulf War 1 vets cannot get care and case managers in post-deployment clinics, only post vets can get this as warriors. Vietnam vets can get service connection presumptively from dioxin exposure as a contaminate in Agent Orange for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, prostate cancer and cancers of the respiratory tract, but Gulf War 1 vets exposed to the same toxic dioxin, from burning plastics in burn pits , cannot get presumptively service connected for the same illnesses!
Presumption for service connection comes from Congress telling the VA what it should prioritize and by Congress providing the VA funding to get it done! Pay attention to the next election and see who is helping big business LHI get ahead and who is really helping Gold Star families. I am a gulf war vet. And I have had since i was 38 after leaving the military. High blood pressure, diabetes, ptsd, depression, now just had 5 bypasses of heart did 3 months ago.
But no prior warning to heart issues and get seen by va and civilian doctors routinely. Took pb tabs and other stuff during and after desert storm. This is crazy i atleast finally received percent disability. But memory is not good and all the health conditions have made me feel 20 years older. And my heart doctors said 48 is crazy low age to have all 5 major heart veins completely blocked. Very interesting study and article. In the tip of the 3rd Amor spear. Maximum exposure plus maximum exposure to the burning Kuwaiti oil field for two and a half months.
I have most of the symptoms described above and did something about my health myself after I learned that the VA is not collecting information on the Gulf War Illnesses. I have learned that the only successful treatment is by nutrition by way of supplements to support every function of the human body. The Gulf war illness ravages the body due to the digestion systems lack of capability, which impairs the immune system. Then homeostasis falls apart like a house of cards. Nutrition defines homeostasis…each type of tissue requires an exact type of nutrition, each process within each internal organ requires an exact type of nutrition.
Pharmaceuticals are a foreign substance that the immune system cannot deal with while fighting off bacteria and fungi at the same time, which further weakens the immune system leading to increased aging and severe health issues. If any health organization is interested in actually healing sick vets by way of my prescribed method of nutrition contact me. I am a 67 year old veteran of the Royal Air Force. I was deployed to the Saudi Airbase at Dhahran at Christmas I was employed as the senior electrician on the NBC Cell.
On the 19 January a Scud missile was intercepted by a Patriot missile. The war head of the Scud landed on the airfield within yards of me and immediately 27individual devices sounded the alarm. These devices were not connected in any way. When we carried out the final test, a series 3 RVD Residual Vapour tests it indicated a non persistent nerve agent. A desk bound warrior at the MOD Ministry of Defence based in London, told us it was unburnt fuel from aircraft taking off.
I have had 27 yes 27 heart attacks, have COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease MOD diagnosis , have severe memory problems and am in a wheelchair due to sever arthritis in the spine, hips and legs. I would like to take part in your testing but unfortunately cannot afford to fly to Boston. Yours sincerely Richard Turnbull.
Do you live in the UK? If you live in the UK has your socialized medicine health care system taken care of all your related health issues and provided you with funds if you can no longer work? I am sorry to hear about all your health issues. This is a long, lonely road, but I hope for medical insights soon that can help us all live better as we advance in age.
I would spend as much money as you can afford, make your sleep 1! Bed, pillows, etc. Small price to pay for your health and happiness. Remember, everyone is here to help and create awareness, which leads to action and then holding yourself accountable. Good luck and I share your feelings. Also new to this group but have not had any responses to my first message, so maybe i am in the wrong community here. I too can't drive anymore, do to the fact I drove my car over a 35 ft. But it is for the best. I was doing good and was 7 months seizure free, until this past thrusday.
Now I have to start all over, with only 2 days under my belt. I seem to only have Grand-Mal seizures, and when I have them, boy do I. I have of course been wrote off as being epileptic since I have had no tumors show up or have had any other test come back saying otherwise. But I still wonder how common it is for an adult to wake up one day and just start seizing.
Then the 'fainting' started about 3 years ago, and that was at first many months between, then a couple months apart, until last Nov-Dec. I had 3 in a one month period, so they finally got me started on AEDS though this is officially a trial since they haven't given me a diagnosis yet. In the forums, there are many postings by new-to-this adults who have just recently had their first seizure, out of the blue.
Some of them have already got neurologists and AEDs, some are still struggling to have their symptoms recognized and taken seriously. I'm 38, but had my first seizure when I was 19 - a grand mal that came out of nowhere. I've probably had about 10 or seizures since then - all grand mal. Another time I was driving a friend home unexpectedly when all of a sudden I had a seizure behind the wheel and he realized what was going on and steered me off the road. If it weren't for the fact that he needed a ride home at the last minute, I may not be typing this right now. A year and a half ago I had one after being seizure free about 8 years, while at work.
It was grand mal, but not as severe as some of the others I've had. A week ago, at a job I've had for almost a year, I had probably one of the worst grand mals I've had. I'm told that they had to replace the carpet in my cube because I gnashed on my tongue so hard I was bleeding all over the place. My lips were so swollen and scarred that they looked like I went a few rounds in a prize fight. What is really scary is that this last one I had I was about 30 minutes away from leaving work and picking up my kids at the daycare.
I think I've given up hope on ever driving my kids anywhere unless I absolutely have to. I am scared out of my mind. Of course Texas prohibits you from driving for 6 months if you just had a seizure.
I totally understand this and will not even think about driving a car during that time. Nothing ominous like a tumor or anything thank God. I've been on Dilantin, then was switched to Tegretrol, then Carbatrol which I am on currently and have been for the last 10 years. My neurolgist however feels that I may be better off being switched to Keppra. I realize I am "lucky" compared to the folks who have to deal with these on a daily basis, but it scares me shitless. The worst part was when my 5-yr old son was crying the other night to my wife because he was afraid to be home alone with me as he was afraid I was "going to be sick again".
I live in California, and have been siezure free for 3 months. After taking a full driving test, I have my driving priveleges returned. I have taken a couple of small drives , but still am a little nervous. I am controlled on lamicatal, and other than a few minor "Odd spells" seem to be siezure free.
I am also keeping a diary , and my neurologist is pleased as most people do not. I am lucky because, I have a lot of support at home and with my work colleagues. Do you find since your seizure you have days when you cannot focus as much as you used to? Thank You for your reply! I needed a little reassurance and some answers!
Thank You. Looks I a found the right place for support and questions. I have to say, it was nice sad as that sounds to read about someone else experiencing something similar lately. I posted my story as well which I'm sure you read First seizure at I had my first seizure 14 months ago while asleep.
My husband wittnessed it and then another about 3 weeks ago. I am on Keppa now. So strange to be going through this. I too am new to the site. I am 59 and had a seizure in the middle of a dress shop in April. My husband had the worst of it having to watch and not know what was wrong. I have been told this is an adult onset condition. I have had all the tests and am taking Lamactal as a precaution. I work full time and am feeling much better. I do seem to have some vacant moments though. I am not sure if that's just my age though. Please let me know if you have similar experiences.
I am sorry you all have this problem, but it is comforting to know I am not alone. I have a cold, had one for a few days now and today I fell asleep in the recliner and woke unable to move my limbs, I was shaking, I couldn't open my mouth and I barely understood my surroundings. I tried to speak but couldn't; it felt like my jaw was wired shut.
It lasted about 45 seconds, then started again. It happened three times each shorter than the last, all in about a total of minutes.
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Then I fell dead asleep and woke wondering if it was really a dream. I don't think it was. I'm a nurse and in my head while this was happening I thought I'm having a seizure but I also know I shouldn't have been concious enough to say I knew I was in the middle of a seizure. I definately wonder if anyone else recalls knowing a seizure was happening right in the middle of it happening. I can not control what my body does. My thoughts are usually there, but I can't stop what is happening. I have been able to speak during minor ones, but most of the time I can not.
As far as I know there are only a couple of types of seizures that people are unaware they are having them. I'd bring it up to your doctor. I have to reply to you because I am a nurse also and was always taught that there is no way you could be concious and aware of a seizure happening but I am going to tell you that I laid on my couch and can swear to you I felt one of my seizures but could not respond to it.
I was in extreme pain. It started like excruciating shocks coming out of my brain and through my body. My husband said it looked like just my regular ugly grand mal seizures but I bawled afterward because I was terrified. I never experienced a sensation like that and never want to again. I hate epilepsy as it is but this is not getting any better. I am so happy you posted. I have been having seizures since Feb New Adult Onset, yet to be diagnosed. I am so tired of hearing from Doctors who are unfamiliar whith the various types of seizures that because I remember parts of the seizure or sometimes continue to function while an arm is twitching or my brain is buzzing or I'm having weird surging sensations through my body that it is not epilepsy and is psychogenic.
I don't buy that because life is wonderful! I was initially diagnosed with narcolepsy, but all testing was negative so the label Idiopathic hypersomnia was applied. The neurologist told me that temporal lobe epilepsy is often misdiagnosed as narcolepsy All my tests so far have been normal but from what I am reading, that seems to happen a lot with temporal lobe epilepsy. I am tired of waking during the night to the smell of burning and thinking my house or barn is on fire!
I had my first seizure in my 30's also. In fact, it has been my only big seizure - I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy about a year ago, and those seizures have been fairly mild and had in the past been attributed to psychiatric symptoms bipolar disorder. Anyway, just to say that I don't think it is all that unusual for seizures to start in adulthood. I also have sleep apnea, which really suprised me when it was diagnosed, as I really don't snore much and thought I slept through the night just fine.
It is definately worth being treated for it, though, because you will feel better. It took me a while to get used to the mask, quite a while, actually, but it has been worth it. Depakote increases your appetite. Watching what you eat can help with the weight gain, but that is easier said than done. If it becomes a real problem, you might be able to change your medication. Talk with your doctor about that. Hello: my husband has his first seizure Dec.
He's 63, and he had a horrible chest cold at the time. He took a cold medication with Tylenol and also an Extra Strength Tylenol I found him at 4 am on the bathroom floor in what I thought was a seizure. Doctors weren't sure if it was a stroke or a seizure. No anti-seizure meds were prescribed at that time. He stayed home from work the following month, and by the end of the month he felt great, relaxed, looked wonderful, etc Evidently, from wnat I'm reading, once you have a seizure a pattern for future seizures might be set.
I thnk it is the cold virus itself, because my husband, who rarely gets sick, also had gotten a cold just before both of his seizures. The rest of us just got a regular cold. I happened to mention it to a couple of friends, and it turns out that one of them also knows someone who only has seizures when she gets a cold. Given that viruses can lodge themselves in the human body for long periods of time, sometimes indefinitely, and can be triggered by other health issues, I wonder if there is not a combination of facotrs at work here to lead up to a seizure.
Is the cold an indicator of an impending seizure or part of the cause? If it is an indicator that the immune system in under stress, it would seem like there would be other indicators as well. I do know one person who has herpes and only has outbreaks when she is getting a cold, maybe the same thing is going on with the seizures. Or, if the cold is the cause of the seizures, what kind of virus is really causing the cold symtoms? How could it be idenified? I don't know the answers to these questions, but noticing that the seizures were preceeded by a cold is, I think, very important.
BTW, my husband does not generally take cold medicines, and had not taken any before his two seizures. Let us know if you find any more info, and maybe you could post the websites where you found something. I had just watch on the news the night before that John Travolta's son had died from having a seizure and hitting his head.
I remember thinking how tragic and sad that was. Lucky for me my husband was there to catch my fall. I awoke to him frantically on the phone with and have no recollection of the seizure. My EEG showed an abnormality in my left temporal lobe. I believe there was an unknown pre-existing condition in my brain that cause me to have a seizure.
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