Haven't hear about Purple Day? It is a day in support of the many kids and adults who have Epilepsy around the world. #purpleday
Five and a Half years ago, my world was rocked when I arrived at my day home to find an ambulance and the day home provider telling me everything is OK…. I was so confused! They led me to my daughter who was lying on the floor with oxygen tubes and being looked after by paramedics.
The day was my oldest daughter's third birthday. I had decorated our house the night before, had everything ready for a family BBQ at our house. The cake was baked, presents wrapped… and now I was in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital! My daughter had collapsed, and because they were celebrating her birthday with cake with blue icing, it looked like her lips were blue and they thought she had stopped breathing…
That wasn't what happened. She had her first grand mal seizure. It was a hot day, so I was told it was probably just the heat, everything was fine, just keep her out of the sun for a few days. So I took a few days off work, and we had a mini vacation, went to the Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, and then decided to visit Calaway Park and go on some rides… the worst thing I could have done! After a fun day on the rides, we were visiting my sister in Calgary, when she had another seizure, a bigger one. Again an ambulance ride and the whole time I was praying, please not Epilepsy!!
The only thing I knew about Epilepsy was a kid I was in girl guides with who was mentally challenged, and that is what I saw as the future for my bright little girl. Now thanks to education, and support from her pediatrician, family and friends, all the scariness has passed. There are some days I do not event think about summer 5 years ago… Epilepsy is no longer so scary.