A few years ago, I was diagnosed with epilepsy--complex partial seizures. To cope, I wrote a novel about someone who suffers fom epilepsy. Now, I'm trying to revise said novel, and I need some help. My character has grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizures from time to time, and I want to make sure I got his postictal state just right. I want this to be realistic because I would like to get it published one day. After all, how can we spread awareness if we don't spread the truth?
I have postictal states that consist of a small bit of confusion, nausea, and a headache. However, those are after seizures that are only about ten seconds long. I would like to know what YOUR postictal state is like. If you have grand mals, are you able to function afterward? Are you sleepy? Do you have to take a nap or are you able to continue about your day? Do you know what happened as soon as you wake up? Do any of you need assistance after a grand mal? These are the questions I would like to have answered.
Thanks so much for all of your help! Take care of yourselves.