My neurologist just say "ohh yes you can do all this" , but me and my wife want me to be safe doing these activities independently safe and sound, as once I got seizure while driving on highway, thanks God my wife was sitting on passenger seat control the car and save from big incident:
Unless you have a very severe form of epilepsy, the majority of us are able to find work seizure free or not. If your live in a rural or in the country area, it could be harder, if you don’t have transportation. But if you live in a big city, with different forms of transportation ( city/county bus, taxi, Uber, family and ect. ) it’s easier to get around and to a job.
For driving laws, you may want to check the laws in your Province, city or county. In the USA, the laws are different different nation wide. When we reach the seizures free period, the next thing to do is getting a recommendation from Dr. Before trying for the drivers license.
If you’re new w/ Epilepsy, it’s best to wait a little bit and get to know your seizure patterns, what kind of seizures you have and how often. Understand how must stress you can handle before a seizure and noticing other things that may trigger your seizures.
The basic seizure triggers to everyone are………..
1. Stress, depression and anxiety
2 lack of sleep
3 missing doses
Then there are your personal triggers. Are you sensitive to certain forms of light or sun ? That is photosensitivity. Does the change in weather, climate, and environment trigger them. There could be something else that triggers your seizures. Maybe you have done everything right and yet, they come from out of the blue. Maybe you have Migraines, Auras or both.
Once you start knowing yourself with Epilepsy you may feel confident enough to try for work.
When was the last time your neurologist performed an EEG and other tests to determine your functionality? I work but still do not drive.
I had a seizure in February. I reside in NH and state law is a 1yr w/o
having one. Used to be six months. But they changed it.
As far as how long to be seizure free and able to drive will depend on your state rules regarding someone with epilepsy in the US. Abroad will probably be different as well. And as your neurologist mentioned, put yourself in somebody else's shoes. If you were driving with family going to an event would you be glad a person behind the wheel had a seizure and injured you and your loved ones. Would you be happy they are driving? It's a hard thing to adjust without the freedom of driving but it is part of life we can't have. I feel for those who live in rual area's. As far as working, you are better off working from home with your skill. Because companies consider we with epilepsy a high risk employee.
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