The value of having a seizure action plan may seem intangible and could even seem like a liability in some cases. But having a well thought out plan does not necessarily mean you need to share it with everyone you meet or add it to your Instagram profile. Recently I shared an article that addressed what a seizure action plan is and why many adults living with epilepsy might not have one. Here are 5 reasons you might want to have a seizure action plan as an adult.
1. Take back some control
Living with epilepsy can often make people feel isolated. It also gives us a sense that we have lost control over our own bodies. By taking a little time to think about how you want people to care for you if you have a seizure, and creating a Seizure Action Plan, you are able to take back a little bit of control.
2. You are facing a stressful situation
Stress is often a trigger for adults living with epilepsy. And let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to avoid stress in this life. However, sometimes are more stressful than others. I recently found this as I was caring for aging parents, and a sick child and found out I was diagnosed with cancer. This would have been a perfect situation for a Seizure Action Plan.
3. When you change jobs
The time has gone by where we get a job with a company and stay there for our whole career. According to Indeed, from ages 18 to 24, people change jobs an average of 5.7 times. Between 25 and 34 years old, they change jobs an average of 2.4 times.
4. Stay safe when you travel
Air travel or any travel for that matter can present a whole set of challenges for people with epilepsy. But I would encourage you to be prepared, have a plan and check out Maureen’s articles on traveling with epilepsy. She’s an inspiration to me and I’m sure she will be to you too!
5. Be prepared for any physical changes
This is true for men and women. But as a woman I know it to be especially true for women. Each month our body faces the potential seizure trigger of our period. And then of course there is the massive overhaul that is pregnancy and menopause. Both cause major hormonal changes resulting in an increased risk of seizure activity.
And just for fun here’s a video that gives some more info on seizure action plans: