Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Adoption isn't my Only Platform

Obviously I am an adoption advocate. 

But there are other concerns in my world. 

In November of 2008 I was all set to fly out to Denver to surprise my BFF for her birthday.  Two nights before her birthday I got a desperate, panicked phone call from her telling me that Pete {her hubby} had a seizure and was being taken to the hospital by ambulance. 

I got out on the next flight possible, early the next morning.  Pete was in the hospital.  He had broken his collar bone when he fell and hit the dining room table during his seizure.  He was all drugged up and in a lot of pain, but they released him to go home.  At the time Megan had a 3 and a 1 year old at home, and was now caring for a husband who could not really do anything for himself... even brush his own teeth. 

I stayed for a week, and my mom and Beau came out on the flight we had originally been scheduled on, and we all helped try to get Megan prepared for what life was going to look like for the next few months: with a husband that was going to need a lot of care and couldn't drive {driver's licenses are often taken away after seizures}. 

It turned out that Pete has Epilepsy.  He had never experienced a Grand Mal seizure like this one, but it turns out that he probably had been having many seizures over many years.  He would experience "episodes" of kind of blacking out, but they had chalked it up to being overworked and exhausted.  They had no idea that he was actually experiencing Mini Mal seizures.

In the last five years Pete has had three Grand Mal seizures.  His latest one was just a few months ago.  This time he broke his shoulder and had to have surgery.

Living with Epilepsy is scary.  Every time Pete is late coming home from work Megan wonders if he has had a seizure at the wheel.  Every time he tunes out for a second, she thinks maybe he's having a seizure right there in front of her.  It's a daily thought. 

This week I received an email from my friend Jeannett of Life Rearranged.  Jeannett's daughter has Epilepsy.  She has seizures that last AT MINIMUM 45 minutes long.  This little girl's body has been through so much.  Jeannett is currently raising funds to help end Epilepsy and fund more awareness and research.  Please go read her post on their family's roller coaster ride with Epilepsy, and consider joining Team Jilly. 

Every dollar counts.

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