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To Swim Or Not To Swim

To Swim Or Not To Swim

Hi everyone,

I've seen people on here who don't swim because it would be disastrous if they had a seizure in the water. I've seen others post that they do swim. Has anyone been told that people with seizures should never swim?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

dr advice not to swim with epilepsy... but drs say not to swim on any illnesses (alzheimer's disease, a broken bone or a sprain, flu or cold, add/adhd, ect). you can swim with epilepsy... but swim smart. get a swim buddy that knows your case to react accordingly. go and get the life vase or life jacket. and if you have a warning seizure, get out of the water while saying 'in having a seizure'.

posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

No ironing No swimming No bathtub No cooking No bicycles No driving STAY 🙂 SAFE

posted 4 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I love swimming, in my younger days I was a lifeguard. The only time I stopped swimming for a long period of time was when I broke my neck in 12/2010 so I had to stop. 11 years later, 12/2021 after many month of coercing, friend dragged me back & I love it.
It took me a while to get my lung capacity back, so I'd stop at the after a lap to catch my breath. The lifeguard asked me if I was okay I told him not to worry I was still out of shape & if he sees me flopping around in the pool, I would probably be back up in a minute. But he laughed and assured me they would be going in to pull me out anyway.
If you're unsure of yourself, just start out in a place that has a lifeguard.
As @A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said, the exercise is actually good for you. When exercising it helps relieve stress along w/ getting you shape & helps reduce susceptibility to seizures induced by stress.🏊

posted 5 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

No kitchen for me. I'm KETO so lots of easy salads vegetables nuts and daughters bring food when they cook. 💞👣🐾

posted 4 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Swim just swim in front of the lifeguard or have floating device on you such a sad life jacket if you’re really young child teach your child not to be afraid to be by themselves or in water and make sure the lifeguards know what they have I don’t watch out remember you’re not always gonna be alive parents have to realize they are not gonna live forever and you have to get your child is living and doing things with the room they have all their gonna have a wife they have a live and they have to create one on your own you’re not gonna think I’m gonna be by themselves they have to get used to that and doing things on their own and being person on their own ownAnd developing their own well-being and mental health as well so don’t call them back make them do things for some to earn money make them go to the store we’re going to store be honest about their epilepsy it’s tough but they can’t do it it’s great for their self-esteem helps build Sophisti not take it away we can even approve the personality their attitude I don’t even come up with ideas be amazed about to have a great day.

posted 4 months ago
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