The dreaded MRI test results. It has been three years since my last MRI and was very curious to see if there was any change. The last one I had showed that my left hippocampus had reduced by 80% and there was a large lesion on my right hippocampus. There was also tissue loss in the right temporal lobe. At that time they also did a PET exam so they could light up my brain and see what is working. It confirmed the earlier results, and that I would have difficulty with memory both long and short term. I also have difficulty with speech, language, and some cognitive functions.
The exciting news this time is my brain has not lost any more mass. For the past three years, I have only taken CBD & THC to control my epilepsy. As I stated before I am unable to take any seizure medication. What is optimistic for me at least is that there has been no change. No change means maybe the CBD is working. I have read several medical articles regarding this. By no means is this a cure. For myself and my type of epilepsy, it works for me. I still have seizures but they do not last as long. The postictal phase is not as long either.
The one question that I get asked the most is “How do you stay so positive?”. I try my best to keep a positive outlook. Laying in bed crying for days still, happens. I think it is good to get it all out sometimes. Then I pick myself up and continue on. Finding a purpose in life has helped me the most. I love advocating for patients rights with CFAMM.
My hope for the future is my next MRI is going to show tissue growth! Then we will be making medical history with a plant!
This has been a summer that I will remember forever. The end of June is something I look forward to all year. My husband has the summer off and that means two months of not being alone. So I start to make plans (that can be canceled) for our summer vacation. I can not travel outside of Canada because I can not take cannabis across the border. So my favorite place to go is Nelson British Columbia and the Slocan Valley. I have spent almost every summer there since I was a child. It’s a beautiful place that is so relaxed and friendly. I can light a joint without being judged and that is a wonderful feeling.
The day before we are going to leave, I have a tonic clonic seizure (grand mal seizure). My husband caught me before I hit the dresser and did serious body damage. The seizure lasted less than a minute. That is the difference between epilepsy meds and CBD. I do not take any pills for my seizures and treat it with medical marijuana. I still have seizures but less often and less severe. I delayed our holiday for two days to recover. I did not think that sitting in the truck for seven hours would be so painful. Thank goodness for edibles because I would have never made it.
There are so many triggers for a seizure on holidays. The heat is a big one for me. Anytime it goes above 35 degrees my epilepsy goes crazy. I know how to handle it and yes staying in the shade and drinking heaps of water helps. I also increase my CBD and I do not use alcohol. After ten days of baking in the sun, I had to return to Calgary to order more meds. I was helping my husband clean the truck when I experienced my first atonic seizure (drop attack). Whenever something different happens with my epilepsy I tend to freak out. Well needless to say that I did not look very good in shorts with multiple Hello Kitty band-aids all over my knee. The next day we left again for Nelson.
It seems as soon as we drive through Creston all of my stress just slips away. It was so nice to get back to the beach and just lay in the sun relaxing. I must have been stressed about something because I decided that 6 am is a great time for a GTC (grand mal). Scared my husband half to death. I can only imagine what I must have looked like. Well, that screwed up my day for rafting. Laying on the beach feeling the pain slipping away slowly as the edibles finally kick in. Took it easy for the rest of the visit and had to come home for a neuro appointment.
I met so many wonderful people who are a part of the cannabis community. So nice to be able to sit down to listen to concerns and ideas. One day I will move to the Slocan Valley as soon as I win a lottery.
For me it is always being in tune with my body. Yesterday we were supposed to go to the mountains and go skating. I didn’t make it skating. Partial seizures started with a vengeance. It took heaps of CBD and THC to calm them down. I fought it and won. We went for a short drive and to the grocery store.
Today my whole body hurts. My brain hurts with jumping headaches. When I feel like this edibles and a medicated THC bath helps. If I go anywhere today it will be with my wheelchair. We are going to try a drive again today. At least the backcountry in Kananaskis is 30 minutes from our place. My husband who is fantastic will be doing the rest of the shopping and cleaning. I just wish I didn’t have to pay for what I did the day before. 💜
This makes me smile. If I don’t use cannabis zero fun. Try starting your day off at 3am because you can’t sleep. It is now 8am the partial seizures have started. So nauseated and my brain hurts. Do I sound like I am having fun? No worries because the THC will help with the nausea and brain pain. The CBD will slow down the seizure activity. Cannabis allows me to have fun! ✌🍁💨💨
My name is Shelley Thiemann and I have Generalized Idiopathic Epilepsy. This is me on a good day. I also suffered a status ellipticus seizure that caused brain damage just over a year and half ago. The only time my disability is visible would be if I needed my wheelchair because I have exercised induced seizures. Or if I have a Tonic Clonic seizures in public. Then it is very visible.
When I am medicating in public I choose to smile and take the high road. People are entitled to their opinions. However how you respond shows your class. I do not have to explain anything unless of course you are a police officer.