Monday, September 19, 2016

Back-To-Back Seizures (Kinda)

Well toots. I had another seizure on Saturday. That's a fast turnaround since I just had a seizure a few weeks ago. Never a good sign.

I was playing with my nephew, who had just finished his peewee football game. His older brother was suited up on the field.


We were swinging on tree branches, between practicing touchdown dances, when all of a sudden I felt the seizure coming on. I looked at my eight year old nephew, who didn't even know what a seizure was, and by the tone of my voice, he knew something was very wrong. I told him, with my bug eyes, to get Dan. I slowly followed, pulling pills out of my purse. There was so much excitement, the fans cheering for the players on the field, kids throwing balls, girls taking SnapChats with their friends, laughter, yells. There was nowhere quiet to go.

I put a pill in my mouth and chewed it, hoping it would seep under my tongue and enter my blood system fast. Dan came to me, pulling off my coat since I had lost control of my torso. I always overheat when there's seizure activity, so it's important for me to get cool as soon as possible. He gently rocked me down to the ground, supporting my neck. He then ran to get water, and ice, and a few people started to ask if we needed the trainer, or a medical professional. I was able to tell them it was nothing to worry about, that I'm epileptic, and will be fine in a minute. A big fear of mine is being put in an ambulance, and being placed in the hospital, but we were able to avoid that issue. I don't know what I would have done without Dan.

As the shaking and twitching waned, the emotional release of the seizure loosened tears that streamed down the side of my face. I was so relieved that it didn't turn into a grand mal. I was actually thrilled that I had managed the episode in a calm way. That it was relatively under the radar, and aside from the throbbing headache, I was able to take a group picture right before we snuck out. I was out of it - I don't even remember taking the photo, but I'll never pass on the opportunity to commemorate outings with my sweet little nephews whom I absolutely adore.


I hope that I didn't scare them. I ended up with a droopy face for several hours. It was fine if I was toothy smiling, but the half-assed smile was the dead giveaway.


I have to say that this seizure episode will not stop me from running around getting crazy with these cuties. However, I might need to spend a few minutes prepping them for a future episode so that they know what's happening, and that it isn't anything to fear. If I explain it the right way, with a nice coloring of humor, they might even think it's kinda cool. Usually, life is all about how you handle it.

19 comments:

  1. I love your attitude and outlook Jess! Glad it wasn't worse. Praying for good health and happiness for you. :-)

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    1. Thanks Derrick! Me too! Don't think I could live down a poop-in-the-pants moment. :)

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  2. I'm so glad you're ok. Keep the updates coming! It's nice to know what's going on. Helps me feel connected to you even if in this small way ❤️

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  3. Breathing easier knowing you were able to handle the seizure and whole event. Hoping you're having great days ahead. Sending you lots of love and all my strength....xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jeannie! Boy do I love getting other people's positive energy. It's the best!

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  4. Oh Jess, I'm so glad that you don't let it stop you from enjoying life! And you are right it is about how we choose to respond to things. <3 You inspire me to make better choices about my responses. Love you pretty lady. Stay Strong.

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  5. Good Lord thanks for that and please save Jessica anytime , anywhere. We love you Jess and Danny. Warm greetings from Poland.

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    1. Thank you! We love you guys very, very much! xoxoxo

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  6. You are just amazing... I have huge admiration for you, Jess. You are a real star...

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    1. Oh Malena! I'm so honored you're reading the blog. Thank you. We still talk about how lovely you are, and what a wonderful impact you had on our lives. Sending you a huge hug! xoxo

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  7. Glad you were able to handle it in such a clam way! Hope you get some rest!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! We can rest when we're dead! Just kidding :) I definitely rested, and I'm trying to do it more, as much as I can allow anyway. Never a dull moment. Thanks for the comment, sending a big hug.

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  8. Having a seizure has been a random fear of mine for the past few years. I have never had one before, but I became terrified of them a few years ago when I started having (minor) neurological issues. ...Until this moment. The last couple of paragraphs of your post just took that fear away because of your courage, and your direct words on the fact that you don't have to be scared...life is indeed all about how you handle it. You're so brave and wise! Thank you, Jessica! ....I hope you feel better soon and get all the rest and care you need.

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  9. You mentioned taking some tablet? Is that an anti epileptic that acts instantly?

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    1. Yep, it's used as an anti-epileptic, and doesn't exactly work immediately, but if you chew it up and put it under your tongue it works super fast, within minutes. I have heard of other patients who use valium suppositories that work almost instantly. Mine was prescribed by my neurologist, just for that purpose. It slows down the central nervous system, which seems to work perfectly for me. Not sure if it works for everyone, though.

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