So Barron found this story for me, thinking it might piss me off.
A former student at Colorado Mountain College says she was forced to drop a class because she had a seizure
OK that doesn’t upset me. The Mrs. was a “Closet Epileptic” for the majority of her life with the disease, for those who read me back in the Livejournal days might remember some of my more cryptic posts, tho the hardest were the times when I said NOTHING, and had to help conceal the illness.
Still I pointed out to her before she “Came Out” that the people who get the hardcore discrimination are the Epileptics who have the violent seizures. Frankly with that there is some reasonable considerations to be made. Obviously and uncontrolled epileptic as a driver for a company, also it isn’t best if your company receptionist is thrashing, foaming, and wetting their pants. Also I’ll point out the article doesn’t give the frequency of her seizures. Some people might have one a month, or one every few years…others might have 3-4 a day. Still…
Channing Seideman was in the middle of an emergency medical technician class when she had an epileptic seizure. She said faculty members asked her to drop the class, saying the episode was too distracting to other students and there could be more.
An EMT class! Let me put it this way, we had a practical lab back when I was getting licensed as a Fishery Observer. We had classroom work, then we took a break, then we went into the lab where a bunch of frozen fish had been thawed this morning.
When you freeze a WHOLE fish (guts and all) then thaw it, you get a lot of nasty liquid which even in a cold room will oxidize and start to smell. This was nothing horrible, but the room was a bit ripe when we came in.
I had grabbed a cup of tea and an apple from the snack cart, and I finished the tea, but brought the apple into the lab. People asked me how I could be eating in the room. These were all people planning on LIVING on Commercial Fishing Boats! If a little fish stink gets you off your feed, you’re gonna lose some weight in this job!
If a woman having a seizure wrecks the EMT class, maybe EMT isn’t your calling. Especially given that there are LOADS more things that will cause a non-epileptic to have a seizure, such as drugs or trauma, or various illnesses.
Again it doesn’t say how often her seizures are, but given that the article only mentions ONE, I can’t imagine that she’s that frequent.
If a young woman having a seizure ruins your day, its time to re-think your career path as EMT or Medicine.
I wish her luck in her lawsuit.