Enlightened by epilepsy?
He had the first seizure on the rugby pitch and the second in a lecture. Might Craig McKay become a better doctor for having epilepsy?
- By: Craig McKay
A sudden diagnosis of an illness is a shock at any age, particularly if you're healthy, fit, and in your 20s. And as a medical student, it's easy to fear the worst because you try to identify your own problems using your textbooks.
I had my first epileptic seizure two and a half years ago while playing rugby for the medical school team with my student contemporaries and work colleagues. The combination of a few drunken late nights, no sleep before the game, and nothing to eat that day triggered the seizure. Immediately after I was postictal and confused.
According to my team mates, in the postictal phase I ran around the pitch and managed a conversation with the paramedic. It's really scary that I don't remember anything. I was rushed by ambulance to the emergency department, where my dad was waiting. In days after the seizure it was found