Have you ever heard of Juvenile Myoclonic
Epilepsy? If you put the meaning of those
words together it will make more sense. These words together you get a seizure
disorder that has jerking and twitching happening in your childhood to your
late teenage years. Most people when
falling asleep have hypnic jerks which are not related to epilepsy, but it can
show what it’s like to live for someone with JME. JME jerks are stronger,
longer and can happen at any time compared to hypnic jerks. Even though JME is
more common in the ages of 4-16. The target audience I chose for the health
promotion and injury prevention on JME is teenagers aged 13-18. People with JME
don’t want reoccurring seizures because it prevent them from driving, performing
well in school. And even daily movements like picking up a drink. Everyone is
in charge of changing their lifestyle and being seizure free the #1 priority
for someone with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.
issue with JME is that most teenagers don’t take it seriously or don’t have the
knowledge and teaching to care for their health to prevent seizures. Most of
the time JME is not diagnosed until the teenage years. I know this because of
my own experience, I had many myoclonic jerks for years and I thought it was
something normal and never thought anything was wrong with me until I had a
Tonic-Clonic seizure. According to (Epilepsy Foundation of America. “there are
two very common seizure-precipitating factors – Sleep deprivations and stress”.
(2017). Not getting enough sleep, being
stressed, and continuously not taking medication after being diagnosed are the
three factors that put teenagers with JME more at risk for seizures. From my understanding JME is lifelong and is
very unlikely to go away. It is not recommended to stop taking medication for
JME even if you have been seizure free for years. From my experience I was told
that I will be taking my medications for the rest of my life. Even if teenagers
just take their mediations it’s not 100% going to prevent another seizure.
Teenagers that have JME also need to change their lifestyle for the better of their
health. According to Epilepsy Society “A balanced diet from different food
groups helps the body and brain to function, helping us to stay
healthy. This may help reduce the risk of seizures for some people with
epilepsy”. (2014). Thus meaning having a good diet does not only give you more
energy, it will affect your overall health. This will affect your sleep and
stress positively. By lowering these it will bring the chances of reoccurring seizures.
teach a patient on how to be seizure free I will teach them the make SMART
goals. In the span of one week client will use a tracker to track the amount of
sleep they get, and tracking when they take their medication so they don’t miss
any. They will also be shown a brochure that informs them what Juvenile
Myoclonic Epilepsy is, why they are at risk, and the types of seizures.
done teaching I will be able to evaluate my teaching by quizzing my patients. I
will also get them to demonstrate on how they can organize taking their
medications on time. What kind of meals are appropriate. What techniques they
are going to use to be stress free. Lastly I will ask them what Juvenile
Myoclonic Epilepsy and what have they learned about it.
In the end, by evaluating my patient I will be able to determine if
they are successful. If they are able to show and demonstrate what I have
taught about Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy and how to prevent seizures they goal
has been reached.