Tuesday, 7 August 2012

I have to laugh at my ep sometimes....

This story happened a while ago but it doesn't date. Date being the operative word! 
I hadn't long split from my husband and was seeing the new man in my life. It was about time, I figured, that I told him about the form of epilepsy I had - just in case. Better for him to be forewarned.
But what if he was shocked? What if he had the usual old prejudice? I hadn't known him that long and I wasn't sure how he'd react.
Anyway, why was I even thinking about it. It was hardly like I was going to have a seizure....was it?
All this was going through my head as I walked to the pub where he was waiting with a glass of wine for me. It was a beautiful summer's afternoon and we took our drinks out into the garden to sit near the river.
Nick started to say something - and I haven't a clue what because, apparently, I suddenly jumped up, started fiddling with my top, moved onto my trousers and then demanded to go home for coffee without taking so much as a sip of the wine. Nick, understandably, was a little surprised and persuaded me to settle for a much nearer cafe. I grabbed his hand and marched him there at some pace - my conscious mind knowing nothing of what I was doing!
But by the time my cappucino arrived I was 'back in the room' - realising that 'it' must have happened because I was in a different place, looking at a different drink. I know how odd that must sound to anybody who doesn't have epilepsy: 'how could she still walk and talk but actually be "out of it"!'
Honestly, it sounds odd to me when I hear the story. It's like it happened to someone else which is why, maybe, I've learnt to laugh at it!
And if I hadn't decided to tell Nick there and then, he wouldn't have realised the episode was epilepsy - or even suspect behaviour. He still maintains that he thought the clothes fiddling bit was me being attacked by a wasp/bee and the coffee demand was simply me deciding I didn't want alcohol.
Looking back, I think the seizure might have emerged out of the desperate hope that I wouldn't have one. Oh well! It taught me to lighten up and relax.


  1. Hi Julie,

    Thank you for the friend request over on Bloggers. Your blog is working as it has already started educating me! Great work! Are you going to do a follow-up on how Nick is handling the news?

    - Casey

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Casey! Means a lot - and yes, will be doing a follow-up.

  2. thank's for visiting my bloggers, now i follow your GFC

  3. Hi Julie! That is a story you would never forget, in years to come you'll probably say; "remember that time we hadn't known each other for very long"...........
    Nick seems like a great guy!
    Keep up the great work your doing with your blog :-)

  4. WOW! Girlfriend, this blog is so fantastic! I had no idea that there were different forms of epilepsy. Thank you so much for educating us in a very real way. I look forward to your future posts.

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