Well it's been awhile since my brain surgery. I had a right medial temporal lobectomy on December 19th 2012. My last seizure prior to surgery was December 17th. That all changed last week.
My family was out of town and I wasn't sleeping well at night. I was woken up 2 nights in a row by a thunder storm with rain pounding on my bedroom window. On Friday last week I traveled from Utah to Idaho to be with my family. We went out for Mexican food and I had my favorite drink - orchata! Orchata is great, but it doesn't sit well with me because I don't have a large intestine. I was up 5-6 times during the night. That made for 3 nights in a row with less sleep than normal. That meant 2 things - sleep deprivation and dehydration. Neither of those is good for those of us with a history of seizures. Sleep deprivation has long been a seizure trigger for me. It's not that I require huge amounts of sleep, but rather consistent, uninterrupted sleep.
The next day I took a walk for a couple hours with my kids as the July heat soared. We had been in Rexburg because my wife was running a 5K race (which she did very well in). We were almost back to the in-laws when it hit - the first seizure since brain surgery.
I was driving, but only going about 30 mph. I slowed down as I looked for my next turn into the housing area. My wife could tell I was having a seizure and wasn't very thrilled about it. I pulled over and let her drive. It started more subtle than many of my other seizures. There was little or no deja vu feeling at the beginning. It wasn't as intense as some of my seizures were at times. As was typical for my seizures, it was a simple partial seizures in which I was aware of everything going on, but felt really funny, was breathing and sweating heavily. It lasted about 5 minutes. By then we were at the house and I was ready for a nap. I took the nap and felt much better.
Clip Holverson Jr. began having seizures at the age of 30, and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Follow this blog to read his story.