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From: Ju (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am also 19 and felt very similarly to you when I was first diagnosed. i was awful during my A-levels and missed a lot of classes BUT i didnt just stay at home. I was collapsing regularly but i made sure all my close friends knew exactly what to do (which for me at the time was to lie down and keep my feet raised above my head until i regained conciousness and then to give me plenty to drink when i came round. )All my friends now know what to do if i have an attack and i make a point of informing new friends/ boyfriends so they are prepared. i do have some fore warning of my attacks and usually know within a couple of hours of getting up how im gonna feel. if i feel like a may have an attack i make sure i am not left on my own. Lucozade (which i think is the british version of garotade!) has been fantastic for me. I know work full time and although i regularly have attacks at workmy work mates have been great and i feel reassured knowing they know what to do.