This is part of a month-long series that my teen daughter and I are writing about her life and learning to live with epilepsy. To start at the beginning, click here
I'm jumping ahead about 8 years to the here and now. Because every single day, epilepsy is part of what we deal with. Today is not a great day for Beth. Epilepsy and headaches often go hand-in-hand and Beth is no exception.
She doesn't feel well today. She has a headache, which is not unusual, but it's a headache she's had since yesterday and can't shake it.
I wish we could just stop everything and take a day. A day off, a day to stay in bed, a day to just sleep and rest. But we can't always.
And I wish I could say that I was all warm and fuzzy and hugged her and put her back to bed this morning like she wanted. But I didn't. She's missed a lot of school already this year. And the makeup work kills her. Trying to fit it all in with everything else she wants to do can be very difficult for her and causes a lot of stress. Plus, the more school she misses, the more difficult and awkward it becomes socially for her.
So I had to make a judgment call this morning. One that she didn't agree with at all. I sent her to school mad as hell at me. On top of a bad headache.
I have no idea whether it was the right thing to do or not. But she made it through yesterday with the headache and so I'm hoping that she will again today.
Maybe she'll even be mad that I'm posting this but I want her to know that I'm trying my best. I'm trying to see the big picture and hope that going to school today will be better in the long run.
But epilepsy? You can bite me.
*If you'd like to read all of our 31 Days posts about living with epilepsy, click on the button on the sidebar or start here. And if you're wondering what the heck is going on and who Beth is, click here. :)