Kaye Dick wishes she could forget the harm seizures have caused her son Joe, ending in breaking many of his bones.
Mr Dick has suffered severe epilepsy since he was two, and Ms Dick said it seemed like the attacks and accompanying seizures had left few bones unbroken.
Ms Dick is hoping her son will get some relief, as one of the first Tasmanians approved under the state’s medicinal cannabis scheme, which got underway in late 2017.
“Every 20 days or so, he’ll have a seizure period over two days of about four big seizures, where he can end up in hospital … or with something broken,” Ms Dick said.
“It all depends where he falls and what he falls on.
“He’s ended up in Hobart hospital with a broken orbit bone around his face, he’s broken his collarbone, [and] he’s broken his nose I don’t know how many times.
“He’s broken a wrist …[and] I think he did do an ankle at one stage, but I’ve never kept a record of that because I don’t want to remember it.”
Mr Dick displayed little sign of pain as he played with the family’s racing pigeons in their backyard at Kindred in the state’s north-west.
But while the 27-year-old remains passionate about his birds, his mother said other skills and hobbies had been lost, as his condition deteriorated with every major seizure.
“It’s horrible, bloody awful. It’s like … having a major car accident, and having brain damage, and you’re not be able to do anything,” she said.
“He used to be able to write — write stories and sentences and things — and do diaries at school, but he can’t do that anymore.
“He used to be able to fill in worksheets … [but]