Illness personal narratives are, by their nature, sad, grim tales told by sufferers. Being around those who suffer can be nearly as unbearable as the actual suffering itself. Even reading about suffering can take its toll. So, in an effort to keep the dialogue going about E. without causing my readers to suffer too deeply, I offer a glimpse into one of the human being’s best coping strategies: humor.
Do people with E. have a sense of humor about themselves? Yes. Do we use it to give ourselves a break from our own illness experiences? Absolutely.
Humor specific to a topic or activity, it relates to experiences we share through E. and it offers the same value all humor offers: insight.
You know you have epilepsy when there are two cars in the driveway and you don’t drive.
You know you have E. when...someone asks you if you're alright & you didn't know anything was wrong.
You know you have epilepsy when you find yourself eating lunch for the second time in a row.
You know you have epilepsy when your dentist worries about losing his fingers...
You know you have epilepsy when you can decipher the following: I was dx'd with JME by my epi with an EEG, (had MRI and CT), Rx was Lamictal 100 mg p.o. tid, which controlled the jerks, absence, SP's, atonics, and GTC's...
You know you have epilepsy when holy water burns you.
You know you have epilepsy when your roommate doesn't know whether to call 911 or a Priest.
You know you have epilepsy when your Meds cost more than you make in a month.
You know you have epilepsy when you take meds to help the meds you take.
You know you have epilepsy when upon having a burst of energy you're asked "are you having a episode?"
You know you have epilepsy when...you have a seizure in your sleep and smack your spouse...and they ask ...was that a spell or are you still mad at me ?
You know you have epilepsy when...Sleeping till 3:00 pm is normal...yet not sleeping at all is too.
You know you have epilepsy when you hear ten times a day from your loved ones…did you remember your "pills"
You know you have epilepsy when your significant other pats himself on the back for his prowess that night and you have no recollection for the event...