Electrical Storm

Some days, the threat of seizures hangs around Joshua like a bad smell all day and so you are on edge, just waiting for them to land properly. He came downstairs at 6.30 and he had a series of small seizures after breakfast, but they stopped on their own, without any intervention. They felt like warning seizures,as though they were building up to the main event and so I watched him like a hawk until he left for school. As often happens after seizures, he became loud and giddy, which can be another warning sign. We were both watching out of the kitchen window for the taxi to arrive, as the dogs barking had given us a false alarm while he was getting his boots on. As soon as he saw the taxi, I was gathering his belongings together, when he ran to the door, opened it and ran to the taxi. Normally I lead the way, holding his hand so this was quite an enthusiastic departure for him.

I warned the escort and taxi driver about what had happened already and what he might be building up to. I expected a call from school all day but , thankfully, it never came. I met him after school, as Yorkshire Grandma is on holiday this week, and the news was that he had been ” a monkey ” all day. The diary reported that he had done some dozing in the afternoon, and when he had woken, he had lashed out for no apparent reason. I suspect that his mind was confused with electrical activity. When he got home, he rushed into his den, once his helmet and boots were removed and we had enjoyed a hug, and he curled up on the settee. Joshua clearly still did not feel right and so I allowed him to rest some more before serving up his meal. After around 45 minutes, he came looking for me and his food, unhooking his pinny off the back of the kitchen door, indicating that he was ready now. Sure enough he ate everything that he was offered.

Poor Joshua, I think this black threat of epilepsy had followed him around all day and into the evening and it had still not delivered its blow by bedtime. I took his baby monitor to bed with me but as far as I am aware, no big seizures have yet arrived. Hopefully with a decent night’s sleep, his brain will re-set, giving him more peace today, as that state of red alert, having an electrical storm in your brain, must be exhausting.

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