Sunday, August 06, 2006

feelings of helplessness abound

Nothing is harder for a parent than knowing your child is sick and not being able to do anything to help. Right now my daughter is in an emergency room 14 hours away and there is nothing I can do to help her. Even though I know it's nothing life threatening and I know it's not her epilepsy I can't help but feel that there's something I should be able to do. What I know right now is she went in for vomitting and stomach pain so this could be anything from the flu to who knows what.

Time to change the subject a bit, if you haven't noticed I just put this stuff down when it pops into my head or it'll be gone forever. Unfortunatly I'm not near a computer most of the time and this stuff gets lost before I can drop a few lines. OK, back to the mater at hand... People look suprised when I tell them my daughter has epilepsy. The most common response I get, "She doesn't look like she has epilepsy." It never gets old for me even though I fully expect it any time I have to talk to someone about my daughter's condition. My answer is always, "So what exactly does epilepsy look like then?" This is priceless to me. For many people those words I say really are the first steps to them realizing that epilepsy usually has no physical symptoms when the person with it isn't having a seizure. The general public is totally unaware that my daughter does show signs of her condition though, you just have to know what to look for. The same goes for just about any stroke victim.

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