This is tough, because not only are their tons of types, but there are a bunch of old names that people still use. Remember the term Grand Mal Seizure? I do, from when I was growing up. This was a full blown convulsive seizure, the kind that people used to think you had to put something in their mouth (WRONG!) to keep them from swallowing their tongue. Well, they don't call it that anymore. Now they call it a Tonic-Clonic Seizure.
I dunno, Grand Mal sounds more sinister to me. Tonic-Clonic sounds like a beverage. Anything to soften the blow I guess.
And of course, there is the fact that any of these seizures can all have varying causes. I always feel the need to point that out. Two people can have the exact same kind of seizure but for two very different reasons.
Has your head exploded yet? We've only scratched the SURFACE of this very basic overview. Hell, even the experts don't know, that is why it is such a hard disorder to treat.
Anyway, Episode 2:
Hell, let's just keep going, this is for my education and you are just along for the ride, my friend. Let's get a bit more specific, with Episode 3: Understanding Partial Seizures. Don't let that terminology here fool you either, dear reader.
Someone once said to me..."Well, Bennett is only having SIMPLE partial seizures, so you're probably OK." Well, yes, according to classification his seizure type is mostly a Simple Partial Seizure, his main type anyway, but it is not Diet Epilepsy with a third less Fucked-Up-Edness than the regular Epilepsy. It's just a different kind. (I edited this because of one of the comments...Bennett has Simple Partial mostly with the occasional Complex Partial.)
Oh, and if anyone looks at my son's spasms and expects to see a Tonic-Clonic Max Fenig type of shake-and-bake, then says 'That's it?', a severe bitch-slapping will be following very soon thereafter.
But it's like the word 'Infantile Spasms', I've said it once and probably will a million times, that is the WORST thing in the world to call Bennett's condition. West Syndrome at LEAST sounds kind of threatening. Syndrome is a kicker for a lot of folks...but Infantile Spasms? Not really fair to the condition, or the kids.
It's like you can say Bennett, now you better stop acting infantile and having those spasms now, ya hear? I'm gonna have to spank that seizing bottom of yours mister! Infantile Spasms, to me, is really insulting to the kids who have it. Needs a better description. It's like I was telling one of my IS Sisters a few days ago, it's all about perception.
Remember Jaws? When the pussified asshat Mayor Vaughn was trying to weasle out of closing the beaches and trying to convince Chief Brody not to post signs about the shark attack and so forth and so on? Wanted him to be discreet? His exact words were:
Martin, it's all psychological. You yell 'Barracuda!, everybody says, 'Huh? What?' You yell 'Shark!...and we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.
Anyway, that pic isn't from the scene where he said that, but I always liked the billboard sequence. When I go off on a tangent like that I should start wrapping up, but my point is that we need a name that has the same gut-wrenching, heart-stopping reaction that Shark has, or Cancer, or Leukemia, or Alzheimer's or a lot of other things.
This probably will go live Thursday morning, and we have a doctor's appointment that morning with the local Epileptologist, so I should have a new Bennett update by Thursday night or I should think Friday. If not, there is always the weekend.