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After A Seizure In The Morning, Do I Send My Teenager To School Or Not?

After A Seizure In The Morning, Do I Send My Teenager To School Or Not?

I'm new to epilepsy & this site. My 17yr old son was diagnosed in February. How do the mommies / parents deal with teenagers , epilepsy & school? Most days i'm not sure to keep my son at home or send him to school? its at a point where i am considering home schooling. Plse advise? I need help

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Normalize your son's life as best that you can. I had seizures before school when I was maturing as well as having them in school to the point that I felt I had to explain. the teachers said I wasn't focusing- because I was having seizures! One year I missed 29 days of a school yr and had to repeat the grade. The more active, the less seizures I have found, but Randy's right, maybe you should talk with his dr.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I've had epilepsy since I was the age of 1 . For me I was garrantee a seizure during my sleep hrs . When I would get up in the morning , I would always go to school. Now if I would have any clusters of seizures or I was sick my mom would keep me home. If it was just a single one I would still go to school. There have been good days and bad days at school. Depending on my day the teacher would send me to the school nurse . Then the nurse may have me rest awhile and if it's med time she would give me my meds. If the seizures keep progressing, she would call my mom to pick me up.

Hope this helped some . You may also want to get some advice from your sons Dr.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

In my days 60's-70's, I went to school. I took medication. I had seizures at school too. People including my parents did not understand medication does not cure epilepsy, but can help control seizures. I wish schools would have seminars on epilepsy, so it still would be more known. I agree to keep him home after having a seizure. But also, make sure the doctor is doing blood work on medication levels. I feel everyone should know and understand epilepsy, at school, relatives, friends, etc... Hugs to you! And your son

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

It is scary,they want to offer help but dont know what to do without having learned something about epilepsy. Our brain triggers a fight or flight reponse and that can cause them to freak out if they reuse to follow the flight instincts.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

If the seizure was a grandmal and it lasted several minutes I would recommend keeping them home to rest. The longer they arein the throws of the seizure, the longer it takes for them to crawl back to counciousness sleep is more important than aday at school.

posted about 6 years ago
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