do we have any doctors on the roll call ?

Jacob

Member
Jun 28, 2012
199
0
16
Sydney
there is a fairly concise rundown of symptoms above mate

in regards to the environmental thing, ive been thinking about it a bit lately, and the only thing that tassie has that i have never expreianced befor is poppies.

Dont know how many of you guys know this, but one of tasmanias primary industries is poppy growing and then commercial oppiate production for medicinal purposes.

maybe the poppey has enough of an effect on me just through environmental contacts? makes sense that the longer i spend in the job, the harsher the symptons, as our major contractor is the poppey plant..... thoughts?
Not sure how I managed to miss that massive post... Going to blame the sleep deprivation.
Run over to Melbourne and visit a clinic at a hospital. They will have the facilities to properly assess you and - more than likely - experienced specialists on call or on hand.

Make sure you pretty much go from the plane to the doctor, though. If it's something environmental, you mighten showcase the symptoms after a couple of days of being removed from tassie.
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
have the contact of a doctor who has been working well with my boss, she seems to be really generous with her time and efforts, so going to see how that works out.

also been thinking maybe its some bizzare insulin thing?? my family has a strong history of type 1 diabettes, maybe these are related to stress and blood sugar levels??
 

Tim.duncan

Active Member
Nov 11, 2008
1,780
0
36
Snowy mountains
Pat
Have you seen a doco called "food matters"?

If not its very good! A large part is about people with diabetes

Disclosure
I take no responsibilities for pats behaviour especially violent rage out bursts if he has to stop eating from the bakery
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
not disregarding the food aspect, BUT my diet didnt change a great deal from living north island to living in tas. A bit less fast food and chinese, but essentially, same same, with a few more fruit and veggie
 

xero

Active Member
Oct 4, 2006
5,312
0
36
northern beaches, sydney
minimal experiance from when i was a lifeguard years ago, but i remember it being simple enough to manage mate. even if you have a "fit" its still fairly simple to keep you out of harms way and the like.
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
So been in hospital for the best part of the week now pushing through diagnosis etc.

Petit mal epilepsy. No freaky breakdancing ... Just above symptoms.

Been on meds for 2 days now and its looking very promising.

Thanks for everyone. Being swear lads...
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
Thanks lads. All in all I'm very lucky. I've got pletny of first world problems to winge about, licence problems, not sure about work etcetc.... But really, I'm incredibly lucky with how easy its being managed and that I have no breakdancing fits.

So silver Linning and all that :D
 

Tim.duncan

Active Member
Nov 11, 2008
1,780
0
36
Snowy mountains
Dude good to hear you have pin pointed the issue

I know it's been so recent but this is where the medical profession will let you down

Please take this from coming from a caring mate

They have diagnosed you as epileptic and take these meds and that is it

I strongly encourage you to start your own research as to WHY you are having epileptic fits
Meds are good for short term and to control things while you sort out the reason it's happening
But they are very short of being the answer
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
I'm stuck on my phone, so making decent responses is hard :D
I totally get where u are coming from Tim. But, at least for the forseeable future, a condition if my licence and job is going to be constant meds.

From various personal sources with lifelong epilepsy experiance, the peculiar thing with most of it is it is quite stable. Once the magic amount is hit, it stays that amount. Mum was on the same dosage and time sequence for hers for 15 years I think.

Ill have more to add when I'm driving a real computer, but essentially, meds are going to be a part of my life for, at the least, 5 to 10 years.

Side effects would be the only main reason to swap meds to another type, ranging from excessive weight gain to depression/suicidal thoughts. So everyone is being well versed on what to keep an eye on over the next 6 months to see if any alterations are needed when I do my followups with the neuro guys.

Appreciate all the love guys.
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
so just a update for them what care


out of hospital. Was discharged monday after my mri. mri showed a clear abnormality cause, so apparently it was always going to happen, just the stars aligned and now was the time. Doc has been pleased with my stabilisation on meds. Now now 4 days without a siezure, and the anxiousness went coimpletely when i came home. Clearly my spelling has not improved any.

I cant put into words how INCREDIBLE my work has been about the whole shebang. Suffice it to say, im truly humbled by their attitude and its an incredibly stark contrast to my last employer.

In the washup, if epilepsy was a game of poker, id have a kickarse gambling hand. Its about as good as it possibly gets. No disco dancing. No light sensitivity issues at all. Meds are very stable. Keep my job, which i LOVE! and will have my licence back in like 6 months.

I wont be drinking again, but for those who know me, this is a fairly small blip in the scheme of things for me lol.

Probably the BIGGEST change that has come out of all this, the mrs and i are seriously considering selling up and moving closer to the "big smoke" of launie. This whole episode has, again, highlighted just how isolated we are. And as much as we adore our little piece of paradise, there is a LOT to be said for a smaller normal subburban place, more job options for the mrs, she can follow her dreams of working in a proper bakery, and we have "options" if things go to shit again


Not a done deal, but certainly something that has been weighing on our minds.

Also something else to come out of it all, we have been talking grommits in the next 2 years, but with my family history and personal epilepsy, and my wife has a similar history.... thats another concern to consider.

Again, thanks to everyone for their imput and support during this time.... you guys have been awesome!
 

Eircamae86

Active Member
Sep 11, 2008
1,481
0
36
Toowoomba QLD
Wheres the like button, hahah
Good to hear you are on the mend.
Did the welding/arc flash have anything to do with it? you ok to weld again?
You need gussets not grommits
 

Pat

Active Member
Nov 29, 2006
2,767
0
36
e-town tasmania
yeah no light sensitivity at all mate... again one of the small blessings in all this. means my work are happy for me to be back asap :D