I'm a SAHM, trying to start my own small business. I recently hired a great sitter to come in and help me two days a week at four hours a day - just so I can get started on developing some clients (marketing/pr for small businesses & nonprofits).
Last week, our sitter didn't show up and texted me that she didn't think she could come work that day. Turns out that she had an epileptic seizure on my front porch so violent that it knocked her off of our porch and onto the sidewalk. She had to go to the hospital by ambulance (the crazy thing is, we didn't hear any of this happen!). So my DH and I talked to her today and she said she's certain that her triggers are alcohol (due to her medication) and lack of sleep and that she has now sworn off even an occasional beer and is taking pains to ensure she has a good night's sleep. My DH and I are first time parents, our DS is 5 months old. Our greatest fear is that she will have a seizure when she is out with him, or even in our house which is a 3-story Victorian. She assures us that she, who has had epilepsy since she was 16, has never had an episode with a child (she's been a child-care provider for many years - she's now 25) and that because she knows her triggers, it won't happen when she is with our DS.
Does anyone here have experience with epilepsy? Is it too much of a risk? She did not disclose that she had the condition initially and it doesn't seem to bother the other family for whom she sits. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my DS under her care, knowing that there is an added factor of a potential seizure.
I would greatly appreciate any feedback.