Epilepsy and Psychic Moments

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 21st, 2014 21 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

My sister was in first grade when she had her first Epileptic seizure. It happened just minutes before the bell rang for recess. I was in 2nd grade and I remember walking out of my classroom and looking towards the front doors to our building and seeing a small crowd had gathered. Right then I knew it was my sister and even though the teachers were trying to direct everyone towards the playground and the doors at the opposite end of the building, I remember pushing my way through and telling everyone, “You don’t understand. It’s my sister”.

I got to the steps and I remember thinking that she was very white. That scared me. So did the look on her teacher’s face. She told me that they were going to try to call my mom. I told them she wouldn’t answer, “She’s out squirrel hunting”. I don’t know how I knew that either but at the time I was sure of it. They did get a hold of our next-door neighbor who found mom — out back hunting! By the time my mom got to the school my sister had completely recovered and just wanted to play! My mom kind of thought she faked it.

Over the next couple of weeks, it happened often. There were many trips to the doctors and to the U of M trying to figure out what was wrong before they finally diagnosed it as Epilepsy. She would have lots of seizures in the next couple of years, not the shaking and thrashing kind. She would just turn ghost white, stiffen up and pass out. She would be out for 5 minutes or so and then wake up ready to play as if nothing had happened. She learned to know when one was starting. She would smell oranges and hear bubbles popping in her head.

I was convinced at the time that she could bring them on when she wanted to get out of something – like church! They often happened in church and I think she received the Last Rites 3 or 4 times before our Priest came to realize she wasn’t going to die.

After about 2 years, they were able to get it under control with medication. She was 14 when they finally decided she had outgrown it and she started the 2-year process of getting off the anti-convulsive medicines.

I have always thought of that as my first psychic experience. There have been a few other experiences that I can’t explain since then. I do think our brains have hidden talents if we just knew how to use them. Psychic experience or not it sure is a very vivid memory.

21 thoughts on “Epilepsy and Psychic Moments

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Getting her diagnosed was one of the most difficult parts. She would have a seizure but by the time they could get her to the doctor or hospital she would have bounced back. I really do remember long days at UofM. I am sure it was scary for her but those days I just remember being incredibly bored!

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  1. Joyce

    I think those psychic moments manifest themselves when we’re under duress, as you certainly were when you sensed your sister was in trouble. I am so glad she was able to outgrow those episodes. When you think about it, no one is 100% “healthy.”

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She outgrew them at the perfect time in her life, too – the teenage years! One of the bad side effects of her medication was that it caused the hair on her arms and legs to get very thick and dark – something she hated!

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  2. Olga

    I believe this was a valid experience. We are made of life energy and that energy is strongest with those closest to us. It makes sense to me. Isn’t it a wonder that your sister out grew the epilepsy?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      There have been too many experiences for me not to believe – they can’t be explained any other way. As for the Epilepsy there are different kinds, much like diabetes and yes, she was lucky to outgrow it. The doctors told her she would but it certainly was a challenging 5 years for all of us.

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  3. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    I fully believe in the power to sense such things. This is an incredible story. And this is quite descriptive: “She would smell oranges and hear bubbles popping in her head.” Wow.

    The idea of seizures in a child just hurts my heart. How scary for all, including frightened siblings such as yourself. Kids with seizures is a pretty hot topic where I live right now, as hordes of families are moving to Colorado in order to have access to the marijuana “oil” that is stopping seizures and saving lives.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Grampy and I recently saw on the news where a couple of families were moving there and to Arizona to get help – one of those children was just a few months old and has Infant Epilepsy and suffers 300+ seizures a day. There were lots of other stories like this and OH I sure do hope it helps because like you said – the idea of a child suffering like that just tears at my heart!

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  4. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Kc, what a fascinating story. I agree with you that our brains are capable of things we don’t always understand. My Grandmother and her grandmother had psychic abilities. I don’t know much about them, because my mom would always kind of change the subject when my grandmother would try to tell me about it. I wonder if these types of things run in families.

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  5. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    I’m sure the memories of those seizures are very vivid, but it is so great that she outgrew them. This is a very serious topic, but I did have to smile when you wrote that your mom was squirrel hunting. Stew or soup?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      BBQ’d squirrel! My mother really was a good hunter but Dad would cook them and they were so good! I don’t think I have had it since I was about eight – and I’m OK with that now! But living on a 50 acre farm I did eat a lot of deer, pheasant and squirrel as a kid.

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  6. Sandy

    That was a frightening story, but I love knowing that you had a cool psychic experience! I agree that our minds agree capable of so much more than we actually use them for!

    I had to laugh at the thought of you telling the teacher that your mom was squirrel hunting. It’s probably the last thing the teacher expected to hear!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You have to remember I am way older than you and Daddy and his friends did a lot of hunting on those 50 acres. Lots of the neighbors hunted, too so I doubt she was all that surprised!

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  7. Launna

    I agree sometimes you just know… it is instinctive… I am glad your sister out grew them, it must have been scary to say the least…

    Thank you so much for your lovely and kind words on my blog Kc… I am trying to trust again… no matter how hard it is 🙂

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  8. Joan Stommen

    What a fascinating story…..and memory! I agree that our inner being “just knows” during crisis or other important times. I’ve had this happen, but never considered it psychic. I love your details…..isnt it amazing when you start down these paths how much comes back?! As we grow along, memory lane becomes more and more valuable. LoL my aunt lived on a MI farm…..don’t recall squirrel hunting. Made me laugh at the matter-of-factness you gave this! I love finding out more and more about you with each post, Kc.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I would be curious to find out if your aunt did hunt – or someone in the family probably did. This is kind of a fun way to share my life with Amara and everyone else. Glad you’re enjoying it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I agree! I think I’ve had more than a few moments that I ignored and a handful of the ones I paid attention to. I’ve also known a couple of people who really did seem to have a special gift for knowing things. Maybe they just paid better attention.

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  9. Connie

    Wow what a scary thing to have happen. I have a neighbor whose 4 yr old has started having seizures and they haven’t found out yet why! So awful for them. And the physic part, yes we can sense things….I often know just before the phone rings if it’s my daughter or not. Crazy! I love the part about your mom! So fun!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh Connie, I do hope they figure out what the problem is and hopefully they will be able to treat it. Then let her be as lucky as my sister was and let it her outgrow it – but quickly!

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