On Black Friday 2010, I had a seizure. I was only 40 years old at the time and lucky for me and my family I haven’t had one since. After a mountain of tests the doctors told me what I already knew – it was due to exhaustion. Gee, what a shocker! No, not really. Despite the fact I exercise regularly, eat healthy and believe myself to be in very good shape I am guilty of operating at a million miles an hour, all the time. My best pals would confess to you that this is just the way that I am. My mind is always churning and thinking about what I have to do next. I generally never sit still. I have tendency to take on too much and I try to do it all – just like a million other moms out there. I don’t see myself as being any different from…. YOU.
Did you know…..1 in 9 adults have a seizure for no reason and may not ever have another one.
Either case, the whole process was damn scary.
I had the seizure on Black Friday 2010. As per my normal ritual, I woke up at 4 AM and hit the stores. I did not sit in the stores for hours. I knew what I was there for, I got it and left. I was in and out, a woman on a mission! Then I would go get bagels for the family. It was fun. I really don’t remember anything about the actual seizure. I remember having a nice day. We took the girls to see the Disney move “Tangled” in 3D. I remember coming home and began to clean up from the day before. My last memory was putting away the holiday china into the dining room hutch. Then I remember I had to go to the bathroom. That was the last thing I remember.
Apparently, en route to the potty I gave out a scream and fell to the floor. My husband said it all happened very fast and that there was nothing he could do to prevent my fall. He said I hit the floor so hard and fast that he was not able to catch me. I needed 10 staples in my head from hitting the ceramic tile floor (ouch, talk about a headache!).
He said when we were in the ambulance I kept asking for my pocketbook!
(okay to laugh at that one! I probably wanted my lip gloss. LOL)
I remember the Neurologist asking me to describe what my daily day was like. So, after I gave him the low down on what a typical day looked like for me.. managing a full time job, the kids, the house, the this and that – he said, “You just made me very tired listening to all of this. You need to slow down.” Then he told me I could not drive for 6 months for which I replied, “SIX MONTHS. ARE YOU SERIOUS? I just need a NAP!” Whatever, I understood. My hubby never complained even once for having to SHLEP me to and from work and everywhere else in-between. Either case, this incident was a serious wake up call for me. Time to slow it down.
I hope this post is a wake up call for some of you. Are you moving at a million miles an hour? Are you operating at warp speed? If this is you, I ask you (beg you really) to slow it down. I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any of you.
Needless to say, I will not be hitting the stores on Black Friday. All my shopping will be done on-line from the comfort of my cozy couch.
PS. We have since theorized that the seizure might have been caused by the 3D movie, as this was something ‘new’ at that time and it was the first time I ever saw a movie in 3D. It was either that or according to my sister – I ate way too much salty spinach artichoke dip that day…. I couldn’t help myself – it was good!