Rolandic epilepsy is the most common type of benign partial epilepsy. Seizures start as simple partial, usually beginning in the face. There may be drooling and temporary inability to speak, although consciousness is preserved. The seizures then generalize to tonic-clonic convulsions.
Most of the seizures are nocturnal and occur during sleep. Neurological and other functioning is usually normal, while the EEG shows a dramatic focal spike most often in the centrotemporal regions of the brain. Most children are seizure free five years after onset; by age 14, 95 percent will have undergone permanent remission.
This is really good news as I had no idea how hard it would be to refill her Keppra until we moved to Texas. The first pharmacy, Walgreens, didn't refill my script and after calling a few times, found out that the insurance declined it and that was that. No follow up. No phone call. Nothing. I did get a half hearted apology. I contacted my insurance company, which the pharmacy should have done, and she authorized the refill. I transferred the script to Walmart because I just didn't like how I was treated and when you have epilepsy, you can't mess with the medication as the dosing has to be precise and on time. I dropped it off two days ago and went to pick it up today and was informed that it was back ordered. Again, I inquired as to why no contact was made and explained how critical it is for an epileptic to not run out. They checked into the details and told me it would be in today at 3:00. I received a phone call around 1:00 and it's still out of stock. They will try again to order and if not received tomorrow, they will send the script back to Walgreens.
I had no idea how difficult it would be to get a script filled here. Getting the neurology appointment was also like jumping through hoops. This is WHY it's important to educate and make epilepsy known to others. Epilepsy is not something to mess with and when it comes to those that respond to medications, those medications have to be routine with no gaps in dosage as it could mean the difference between a seizure and death.
* Thanks to the Epilepsy Foundation for the information.