Some things we would like you to think about
This is a stressful time for everyone. Stress can worsen seizure control, so it is essential that all of us do whatever we can to mitigate the effects of stress. Some strategies that might work include:
Stay informed. We are in touch with the CDC and Texas Department of Health and Human Services. We follow all of their guidelines. If you hear something that frightens you or doesn’t make sense, please call and let us know so that we can help validate the information.
Try to practice mindful activities. This means that while you are unable to go places, set a schedule for yourself and try to focus on routine activities. This might be reading, watching television, taking a walk, doing puzzles; any activity that will keep you focused on the activity and not the news.
Focus on staying healthy. Try to eat well, sleep and of course, take your medications. Keeping yourself strong is a good defense against any virus.
Avoid going to the ER unless absolutely necessary. We always urge you to avoid the ER, but now it is important since your chances of being exposed to a virus (not necessarily
) is increased. If you are injured, of course go to the hospital. However, if you can manage at home, try to do so.
Sometimes focusing on others is a good way to relieve the stress. Check on your neighbors, look for safe ways to volunteer if possible.
Practice good hygiene – washing your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, clean your phone and any electronic devices you use at least twice a day. If you go to the store, try to keep your distance from other people as much as possible.
Please try to think ahead and give us at least a two week notice for your medications. With the volume of requests we receive and the uncertainty of delivery, we really do need that amount of time to make this work.
One of the worst parts of having Epilepsy is the feeling that you are alone. We want to try to assure you that we are here and will do whatever we can to make this time manageable for you. We don’t know how long we will be working and living under these conditions, but we are preparing for several months but hoping that it will only be a few weeks.