- Family and Parenting
From Seizures to Brain Surgery and Beyond... Part 2
When something bad turns into something great!
As you may have read in part 1, I had lived through seizures and brain surgery. To quote the old saying when given potatoes mash them. Or was that something with apples and hitting the sauce? Beware the lemmings. Oh yeah when life gives you lemons make lemon aid.
In my case there was a reason for the seizures. Even though I did not know why at the time. To me it was, "Why me" and "What did I do to deserve this"? Please continue to read to see why.
A Work Related Story.
At work I was talking to a co-working when she started to have a seizure. To some it could have been stuttering. To me it wasn't. I knew this because I had done the same thing. The people around her didn't realize what was happening. At this point I told the people around her to watch over her. I then threw it in to B for boogie and ran to get our boss. It was one of the few times my boss dropped what he was doing and ran to help this person. As we went back to the agent having the seizure he was calling 911. I went to meet the ambulance when they arrived.
Afterwords they told me, "for you to act the way you were, you know that this had to be an emergency."
My boss was also one of the few people that new what I had gone through and why I reacted the way I did.
A little explanation of the picture: When I was a little kid my dad was part of the local volunteer fire department. I remember him showing me the fire trucks and the ambulance. Funny it looked a lot like this one.
On the phone again
I just can't wait to be on that phone again
As my first story tells I had an incident at work. When this one is similar. The main difference is these are not actual seizures but stories of sharing. With my job I do phone technical support. Sometimes there is wait time while different processes go through. Examples - software downloads and installations. Depending on the internet connections and computer hardware these can go fast or vveeerryyy sssslllllooooooowwwwwllllyyyy. And just sitting there can become dull quickly. So to pass the time we start conversations. Its amazing where some of them can go. From pets in the background to family plans to family issues. In this case seizures. I have had more than once conversation with the people on the line about what I had went through and how I am doing now. Seizure free that is. Its amazing to hear a change in their voices when the know that even though someone has gone through them and the brain surgery. That there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
So just remember that you may never know where you will meet someone that is going through what you are. But know that they are there and that God will open the door when you need it most.
Its amazing how many don't know what you went through.
Especially those that you had never met until the first time you talk.
What is this guy saying and where is he going on this one? Before the brain surgery and seizures I was a lot more withdrawn. And tended to get angry rather quickly after the seizures set in. This was confirmed by one of the folks that I have worked with. "You are not the same person I remember." People that knew me saw the changes both before during and after. Those who didn't know me had nothing to compare with.
And this is where I am going. People that had not met me until recently don't have the past to compare with. To them there was no seizures. There was no issues that I was facing. I was always the way they are seeing me now.
If they say you need this like you need another hole in the head smile and hold out your hand. I do.
This is not so much about siezures as brain surgery
Just yesterday (8/13/12) I learned that a friend's dad had fallen and was in the hospital. As soon as I could I called him. It turns out that he will need to have brain surgery to help with the bleeding.
The good news is that the doctors do this on a regular basis so they are familiar with the technique. On the down side there are always risks when working that close to the brain. Like me the surgery will be early in the morning. Like my family his will not get much sleep the night before. Again like my family they are going to have to take it one day at a time to see what will happen.
I wonder if like me his dad will worry more about his family than himself?
And here it is a few years later and the dad is doing fine. Like me he too recovered rather quickly.