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Couples with Spouses with Special Challenges (Epilepsy)

Health challenges are diverse same way specialists are (credit: shutterstock.com)

According to epilepsy.com –

‘Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages.

Epilepsy means the same thing as “seizure disorders.”

Epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems.

Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person.

Public misunderstandings of epilepsy cause challenges that are often worse than the seizures.

Here are some key numbers (in Tweet-size bites) to talk about it!

65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.

3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.

470,000: Number of children in the United States who have epilepsy.

1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time. 

150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year

ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.

6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.”  – source: epilepsy.com

Be that as it may, the human brains are information highways replete with electrical signals going to and fro and this could be likened to how electrical signals enter your system to power your laptop or desktop computer and help you process data.

Furthermore, the stored signals in your phone battery allow you send text messages, make and receive calls, grant you access to camera and selfies and social media ….

Rain waters mean puddle but excess mean issues: flood, erosion …. Some humans by nature (congenital) or nurture (accident) have conditions that trigger abnormal energy (electrical signals) in their brains and this surge could lead to seizure – epilepsy even stroke could trigger the condition.

A person that experiences electric shock from power source could land on the floor … and that could be likened to epileptic seizure in some types but that electrical shock is external, the one here is internal and patients present diverse symptoms – common and uncommon.

A philosopher says, “There’s nothing incurable but only that which man hasn’t found a cure.”

Nonetheless intervention (medications or surgery) had stopped seizures permanently in some cases and reduced to the barest minimum in others.

Now as patients or family it’s important you keep abreast of developments in medical science and always keep in touch with your professional healthcare givers.

Research and know basic facts about the challenge for the sake of your partner, maybe parent in some cases or child. It’s nice to be better equipped for adequate management. If you’re a painstaking observer you’ll have an idea of many things about the condition and how to manage same.

Seizures could happen dramatically in any place and at anytime, so be conscious of this and make provision to reduce accidents in place of seizure.

Many epileptics had lost their lives from accidents that results from their fall so be wary. Not all fall though.

If your partner or family is susceptible to the disorder (s)he makes your marriage a special home. Make provision for express access to safety, medics, support ….

Don’t say because of the challenge you keep him or her indoors, let her breathe, enjoy love and life. So don’t prevent him from going out with other family members.

Observation goes a long way. The proximity of your partner to you might make you know more about her unique condition than the general symptoms medics are familiar with and this might make you enlighten her healthcare givers which in turn helps in his rehabilitation.

Finally, note that Google is a general search machine but be wary of all what you access with the tool. Always ask questions from your partner’s healthcare givers.


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I won't bore you or box myself by defining who I'm, what I'm or where I'm headed. I AM OLAYEMI JOSEPH OGUNOJO, a Nigerian and World Citizen and a student of the 'University of Life.' If you impart knowledge into every Tayo, Tanko and Tagbo you meet, they will impact every Tom, Dick and Harry they confluence.
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