11th Jan2005

Scariest moment of my life

by Dutchcloggie

J. is in hospital. Recovering from a seizure. A proper foaming-at-the-mouth, biting your tongue, completely out of it seizure. Just like that. Out of the blue. Never had one before. And I did not know what to do. So I panicked. I was so scared. I called 999 and as I got a woman on the line, I was trying to get to J. Talking to her, screaming at her. And trying to listen to the lady on the phone.

JD in A&E in Warwick Hospital

JD was fine once she got to hospital

We went to bed last night and J. curled up to me. Nice warm spooning. But 10 minutes later she started to shake and convulse. I was totally freaked and in panic. I have seen ‘epileptic fits’ before but J. has no history of them so I was caught completely unaware. And it happened in her sleep which was scary too. She was foaming at the mouth and when she bit her tongue, she started bleeding. All I could scream at the operator on the phone was that my girlfriend was having a fit and was now bleeding. I did not realise yet that she had just bitten her tongue.

After about 70 seconds which seemed like an eternity, the convulsions stopped and she immediately fell asleep. But I did not know what happened so I was afraid she was going to lapse in some kind of coma. (Hey, what do I know about these things?????) So I kept talking to her and kept her awake until the paramedics arrived. They gave her oxygen and then she slowly came ’round. She woke up and was a bit shaky but quite cheerful.

Waiting for the doctor

It was actually kind of funny in a strange way. As far as she was concerned, she had gone to sleep and was suddenly woken up with an oxygen mask on her face and 2 paramedics in her bedroom!!! Her face was full of confusion and I felt so much love when she looked up at me for an explanation.

They took her to the hospital where they checked her out. She told them she got a knock on the head in last Sunday’s rugby match and that maybe could have caused a concussion that had gone unnoticed. They decided to keep her in for observation and I was sent home after she was admitted to the ward. They will do a CT scan later today.

Sleepy Jane

She is sleeping in the picture above by the way. She is all right now as far as we can see. Hopefully the CT scan will show that it is indeed concussion. If not, she will have to be tested for epilepsy.

I was so scared. Seeing the one you love foaming, bleeding, convulsing in your bed and see the eyes rolling.

Oh and by the way: anyone who says the NHS is not working is lying. At least the one in the hospital here in Warwick is working just fine for me.

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