I’m always finding resources to look at and read, as well as share online for educational purposes. Not to mention, I’m addicted to books. You can never learn too much. It’s a great therapeutic method for me.
I read a book called, “Dings,” by the well- known neurologist, Lance Fogan. I purchased it on the Barnes and Noble website after learning about it through an epilepsy website. I wanted to see what it was about. The story is about a young boy’s journey with an undetected diagnosis of epilepsy. The main character was a young boy named Conner, who has been going through a difficult time. He was really struggling in school and was on the edge of failing the third grade. His father was a soldier that was serving in Iraq from the years of 2006 to 2007. His teachers and his mother have been noticing that he was not progressing academically, as well as witnessing Conner having staring spells. They believe that the reason why Conner is doing poorly in school is due to his father’s absence in his life.
Through multiple medical tests, including EEGs, and eliminating certain causes, Conner and his mother finally discovered that the cause of his blanking out and staring spells are due to a chronic medical condition that he has, epilepsy. Conner has complex partial seizures. He has been placed on a medication called keppra to control his seizures. He and his family now has to face the new reality of his life and learning how to cope with it. They have to make the transition into treating this condition, as well as the unpredictable episodes and emotional effects it will have on everyone. It is a truly insightful and inspirational story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you would like to learn more about the diagnosis of epilepsy and the prognosis of it, feel free to check out Dr. Fogan’s website and epilepsy blog at: www.lancefogan.com and www.lancefogan.blogspot.com.