Epilepsy And Lifestyle Changes

As blogged at Thoroughly Disordered yesterday, I need to make some serious lifestyle changes. I chose not to put it all here on my main blog because I felt that it didn’t really belong, but it’s probably still worth a read to anybody with food/alcohol issues.

Because I have epilepsy, some of the more serious issues (such as alcohol consumption, which has deep roots in psychological trauma as a young adult) need to be monitored and handled carefully. Yesterday I made a start with that, and I never want to see that nasty place again.

However, there are small changes I can make here and there. I could start by actually clambering out of my pyjamas and getting dressed even if I don’t have to go anywhere. I could start taking short walks around the block to recover my confidence when out and about.

Perhaps I can start by having more of this

Not my own set, but tea tastes better the Chinese way

and less of this

My downfall

and perhaps swap the tea up and the wine down on a gradual basis. That way my body won’t go into sudden withdrawal, causing a potentially fatal siezure.

It was suggested yesterday that D and I find time to go out for lunch and a wind down at least once a month. I like this idea. There’s a lovely country pub not far from us that serves fabulous meals – and to do this on occasion would help to cement it into my head that wine goes with food and is not supposed to be drank on its own unless it’s for a nightcap.

I think that the most important thing I can do is eat. Especially breakfast. Even if I can eat nothing else all day (initially) I have found that eating breakfast makes me less likely to want to drink too early in the day.

I am not a Slayer. Neither am I an Avenger, an X-Man or any other type of superhero. My demons are not fictional and I have to fight them mentally rather than with a stake or a fist or a metal suit. The monsters and villains I face are all in my head.

I cannot blame epilepsy for everything. A disability is not an excuse to let yourself go and stop caring about your general health.

If for no other reason, I have to keep fighting and living for the sake of these two wonderful men – and I am going to do exactly that.

Many people with epilepsy – and other disabilities – slide into depression and alcohol abuse. You can beat it. We can beat it if we stand together as a group and support each other through the tough times.

Be positive!



About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Would like a Tardis when I grow up.
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10 Responses to Epilepsy And Lifestyle Changes

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Keep on keeping on!

  2. You can do this. I find writing it out, putting those promises to yourself on paper, making external the internal is a great way to work through the stuff inside us that inhibits our own progress. I hope this blog helps you as much as it helps others.

    • Thanks Sabrina. I was very public about giving up smoking three years ago and I’m sure that is what helped me win the battle. It was also important to me that I did it because I’d chosen my son’s 13th birthday to quit!

  3. paulaacton says:

    You can do this I have total faith in you I think when beating anything of this nature its important to reward yourself for your successes and not beat yourself up too badly over the blips the meal out once a month sounds like a great reward

  4. Eating breakfast is definitely a very good start – to the day and to the process you’re going through. Maybe as inspiration you could plan your breakfasts to be incredibly nice and yummy, to tempt you to eat as well? I’ve no idea what your ideal breakfast is, but if someone said to me “bacon and eggs” I’d be drooling. Or porridge… I love porridge.

    You can do this – you’ve got everyone here shouting your corner, as well as D & R so you’re not alone.

  5. argylesock says:

    Go you! We’re all on your side whether in person or online.

    I agree that eating out regularly with The One is a great habit to be in. I agree about putting on real clothes, too. But I’ve recently given myself permission to spend whole days in pyjamas, not even insisting that I must bathe and change to fresh pyjamas. Packets of wet-wipes are v useful for freshening up on D Days (days when I’m too disabled to climb into the bathtub). The great thing is that this is your life, you have the 2 lovely men whose photo you’ve shown us, and you make your own decisions.

  6. elaine4queen says:

    good for you, kid!

    it is hard to be more mobile just because it is good for you – one of the reasons i got my dog. there’s no choice like no choice. but if you are disabled in any way it is really important to get the right dog for you, for your energy levels and theirs. staffies are good companions and like a walk but are happy to spend the rest of the day cuddling up. ON NO ACCOUNT should anyone with limited energy or ability get any kind of agility dog – collies and the like want 24/7 teaching learning and fun.

  7. littlesundog says:

    Find that gumption girl… you have it and you can tap into it any time! I am always inspired by your grit and ability to overcome. Have your moment of weakness and grieve about it for a little while… but get back on your game and GO!! You are an amazing woman!

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