Scene from a new patient visit:
Me: So you’re here to follow up on a seizure that you had last month? You were seen in the ER?
Young male patient: Yes.
Me: Is this the first time you had a seizure?
Patient: No, I had one last year.
Me: Did you see Neurology–or anyone–for that?
Patient: I went to the ER. They told me to see neurology but I didn’t do it. They also told me not to drive.
Me: Are you still driving?
Patient: Well, yeah.
Me: I have to tell you, that’s against the law. And it’s dangerous.
Patient: But I love street racing.
Me: So you race?
Me: If you had a seizure during a race, you could kill yourself. And take other people out with you.
Patient: (shrugs) I know.
Me: (silent scream) I would strongly advise you not to race until you see Neurology. I would advise you not to drive at all.