Hi, my name is Jonny and I am only 33, and recently Epilepsy has joined me in life and it's been difficult since the first seizure happened 2 months ago.
Let me start off by introducing myself a bit more first. My name is Jonathan Barton and I have born in 1978. I am a father of 3 wonderful children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Jacob 2, Tyler 4 and Kaitlynn 12.
I am also happily with their mother Emilee who has been a dream come true in my life. She has supported me through some many up's and down's and now all this happening she's continued to be strong and stand by side.
I am a very lucky guy and father to have Emilee and 3 wonderful children. They are my inspiration and my motivation daily through anything.
We currently live in Riverside California. I am a Sr Service Desk Analyst for a Healthcare company in South Orange County. I work in the IT department and have a number of years experience in Technical Support. I have a passion for it that extends outside of my career into a hobby/side business called "BartonT3Support".
This is my first post since my diagnosis of having Epilepsy. I found out on 01/05/12. Approx 2 months ago I had come home from work not feeling well and ended up passing out and went into a grand mal seizure and was taken away to the hospital. Since then I have had 3 more seizures that I know about including a pretty harsh one last night.
During this time my drivers license has been suspended and I have been placed on a modified work schedule and have been taking the train to work. I was prescribed the drug "Topiramate" 100mg a day. recently my doctor has lowered the dosage to .75 a day as my body doesn't seem to be handling the medication well and I am starting to see the affects at work and home. Today it was decided that I take a Medical leave from work and it was approved by my doctor for 6 weeks. Starting tomorrow I will began 6 weeks of no work stress, continue my dosage, and hope/plan to get rest and relaxation to get better.
I am starting this blog for a few reasons, something for me to do, for me to share, and spread the awareness of this condition as I learn about it since I will be living with it for the rest of my life. Right now I am struggling on how to accept it, deal with it and live with it. It's one day at a time right now, and I know that's ok, but I just need to know that I have to keep moving forward each day.
During the next 6 weeks I also plan to set new goals for my lifestyle, like cutting out caffeine, quit smoking and to lose weight. I will use this blog to track my progress in all areas of my health and progress. I plan to do more research on Epilepsy and become involved in a non profit of some sort.
This marks day one. I am tired, long day at work today. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow as day 1 begins.