Partner with Epilepsy
Having a partner with epilepsy can impact on you considerably. You will help and support your partner as much as possible, both practically and mentally. That comes with responsibility. Such as your partner’s safety, for example. Epilepsy need not have a negative impact on your relationship with your partner. How, and how much epilepsy affects your relationship will depend on several factors, such as the type and frequency of seizures, responsiveness to medication, and the impact on everyday life and work. It is also important to consider your own uncertainties. Read how you can relieve stress and increase confidence if your partner has epilepsy.
It is important to discuss this with your partner. Agreeing arrangements and good task sharing will create clarity and calm for you both. You will have a better understanding of what you can expect, which will probably result in less anxiety and stress. Most important of all is to be well informed about epilepsy and what it involves; read about it and read other people’s experiences.
Depending on the severity of epilepsy, adjustments may also need to be made in the home. Safety at home is important for people with epilepsy. And is your partner allowed to drive or will you have to do all the driving? Do you still sleep well, or do you lie awake worrying that your partner might have a seizure? Your partner’s epilepsy affects your daily life in many more ways than you might think.
There may now also be risks involved in the activities you do together. Depending on the severity and frequency of your partner’s seizures, swimming or cycling together may be a challenge, for example. It is important to discuss this and to be well prepared. Make sure you know exactly what to do during a seizure. That will reduce the risks and enable you to do more together.
Safe and reliable seizure detection system
NightWatch is a seizure detection system that detects nine out of every ten clinically urgent seizures in an early stage. NightWatch offers added medical value by reducing the risk of medical complications. The system also gives you more confidence, less stress and a better night’s sleep. As well as your partner, the system can also give you more peace of mind. The wireless armband monitors the patient’s heart rate and movements closely during the night. If a potentially serious epileptic seizure is detected, an alarm signal is sent to the corresponding base station.
NightWatch also gives more insight. You can read out the data via an online portal. You can also share the data; with your partner’s neurologist before their next appointment, for instance. This ensures that your partner is monitored using relevant data.