“You just had a seizure”
You may have taken a history from a patient with epilepsy, but what if you're the one who receives the diagnosis, asks Jenny Allen
- By: Jenny Allen
My head feels strange. I can't see properly, and there is buzzing in my ears. I think I am about to faint, but I've never fainted so how would I know? I put my hands out to steady myself because everything is blurred, or moving, or both. A feeling of heaviness creeps up my legs. I know I am going to fall, and I can feel myself falling backwards, but my body is not under my control.
I am on the floor, I think. I am aware that I am wet. I wonder if I have wet myself, which seems strange and wrong. Someone is beside me and trying to sit me up, but my limbs don't work. I hear someone say that I've had a seizure, but it doesn't mean anything to me, so I repeat it back to them—“a seizure?”—hoping that will give me some clarity. It doesn't.