The next thing I remember was my girlfriend putting my coat on. Tying my shoes. Crying. Leading me to a waiting university security squad car. After a few minutes, we were here:
|University of Chicago Medical Center|
For those of you without epilepsy, I’m not sure you can imagine what it’s like to have your body start doing things without your realizing, or wanting it to. To feel like you might be about to totally lose control, at any moment and without warning. And losing consciousness? I’m never quite sure, when things go dark, that they’ll come back again. Scary stuff.
Probably the worst thing for me, at the beginning, was not knowing why. They did a CT, and an MRI (which was new back then; they were still “NMRs”). They did a spinal tap. But no definite results, at least not that they told me. I’m sure that was frustrating to my parents. Me? I was just terrified, at least when I wasn’t feeling woozy from whatever anti-seizure drugs I was on.
I got better, as they say. No, the seizures haven’t stopped. But they’ve stopped scaring me as much. (I guess practice makes perfect? I’ve had a fair number by now.) And I know more than I did back then. If knowledge is power, welcome to the epilepsy power zone.
Welcome to me, facing epilepsy.