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Starting Colleg

I am going to college in the Fall and I'm really nervous to go having epilepsy becasue if I have a seziure none of my roommates will know what to do. I know my mom doesn't want me going to school in the fall but I already don't feel like I can be a normal teenager with this that I want to go away to school I'm just really nervous that I'll have a seziure there. Is anyone else going through this or has anyone gone through this?

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Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by Heinrich on Wed, 2012-06-13 - 10:50

Hi Kiki

The advise i can give you is to educate them (your roommates) on what to do and what NOT to do, what medication to give you, what medication you take and how epilepsy efects your day to day life. and do this without your parents present preferably they keep on interfering and they not going to be there when the $h!t hits the fan.

Hi Kiki

The advise i can give you is to educate them (your roommates) on what to do and what NOT to do, what medication to give you, what medication you take and how epilepsy efects your day to day life. and do this without your parents present preferably they keep on interfering and they not going to be there when the $h!t hits the fan.

Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by Kahr82 on Tue, 2012-07-10 - 14:26
Like everyone else has said, just let your roommates, RAs, professors and whomever else know what's going on. From my experience people have always been really cool about it. This past semester I had a Tonic Clonic right before a hard final and ended up taking it anyway. I got a C on it (needless to say I was out of it), but after explaining what happened I was able to retake it no problem.

Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by aluck12 on Thu, 2012-06-14 - 13:03

Hi,

I got diagnosed with epilepsy a year ago, second semester of college and it can be very frustrating and embarassing. Get involved with the disability department with your college, they will be extremely helpful. Inform your roommates of your condition and what to do in case of emergency. Find a support group, maybe there will be other people who are your age or have gone through what you will go through so you can talk about it.

All of my teachers were very understanding and while some of the other students thought I was a freak and gave me dirty looks, most of everyone I've met is very supportive. 

Good luck in school :)

ASHLEY

Hi,

I got diagnosed with epilepsy a year ago, second semester of college and it can be very frustrating and embarassing. Get involved with the disability department with your college, they will be extremely helpful. Inform your roommates of your condition and what to do in case of emergency. Find a support group, maybe there will be other people who are your age or have gone through what you will go through so you can talk about it.

All of my teachers were very understanding and while some of the other students thought I was a freak and gave me dirty looks, most of everyone I've met is very supportive. 

Good luck in school :)

ASHLEY

Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by aimeenoelle on Thu, 2012-06-21 - 03:45
Hey =] I understand where your coming from.... It can be hard... I have been dealing with this my whole life. Just inform your teachers. And your roommates. Your new closet friends. Let them all know what they can do to help you. Some things that help me are , rest... which can be hard... not stressing myself out by realizing when things are due and planning around them. I was nervous to, but eventually it get's easier :) I wish you the best :) good luck and have fun!

Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by dbrown44 on Thu, 2012-06-21 - 12:27
I agree with letting people know. I do that at my work and I'm fairly confident people around me will not panic because they will know what is happening and why. Your mom cares and loves you but she will have to let you go at some point. She can't follow you through your marriage, to your job,and it's rough. She only cares. I am told all of the timeabout things I'm not supposed to do because I might have a seizure. I take cautions serious but I can't stop breathing because of worry. If you are doing the best you can to prevent seizures and hazards then you are free to enjoy the rest.

Re: Starting Colleg

Submitted by Chaoc on Thu, 2012-06-21 - 21:07
Hey, I totally understand what you're going through. I'm starting my second year this September so I just went through my first year. My first year, first term, I had a seizure in the middle of campus and the ambulance came. I was just so scared and agitated all the time. The advice that I can give you is that: a. make sure you have all the campus security and emergency numbers on your phone b. have some kind of emergency meds in your backpack. (I got Ativan) c: TELL YOUR ROOMMATES, explain calmly what to expect when you have a seizure and what you should do d. get a medical alert bracelet or you don't already have one. GOOD LUCKK!!!! You're definitely not alone.

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