Hello! I'm Barbie and I'm, obviously, new to the group. LOL
We are just starting the diagnosis process with our son, Liam - 12 (13 in 8 days).
I had the same problem at his age, absence (at the time called petit mal) seizures. My neurologist said it was genetic and probably linked to puberty and the surge in hormones. I was started on medication for the seizures (I was having between 50 and 80 a day) and regular visits with the neurologist. I did end up outgrowing my seizures, once I was through puberty. I had to wait longer to get a drivers license than all my friends (I was 19) but I have been seizure free since I was 17.
I was really hoping that I wouldn't pass this on to any of my children (we have 4 kids). But lately my son has been showing signs of having seizures. Yesterday was my "freak out" day. We were doing schoolwork (we homeschool) and I called him twice, he didn't answer and when I tapped him on the shoulder he didn't respond. It wasn't a long episode, only about half a minute, but enough for me to call his doctor ASAP. We are going to the pediatrician this morning for the referral to the neurologist.
I know what was done almost 20 years ago for testing (EEG's - multiple EEG's - gosh I hated that goop in my hair) but has the testing changed any? Do they do any other tests now that they didn't do then? I'm just trying to prepare my son for what is to come (he is scared and we've found the best way to deal with his fears is to tell him everything, right off the bat, that makes it less scary for him).
I'm feeling awful that I may have passed this on to my kids. I know that it is treatable, I've been through it before, but my heart just breaks... growing up with it is one thing, watching your child go through it hurts.