This morning, our plumber, who is also a friend, came over to do some work alongside our Captain, Brian Whiddon, who’s also the Managing Editor of WritersWeekly. For privacy reasons, I’ll call our plumber Donnie.
They were both working with their heads down in the lazarette. Donnie sat up while Brian kept working. Brian then pulled his head out to ask Donnie a question. He called Donnie’s name several times, but he wasn’t responding. He was staring. That’s when Brian realized he was having a seizure. Brian tried to catch him but Donnie face-planted on the deck of the boat. Brian yelled for me to come out and help, for Richard to call 9-1-1, and for Max to go unlock the gate for the paramedics when they arrived. I raced outside and it was absolutely TERRIFYING! Brian had turned Donnie on his side. There was a LOT of blood. It was POURING out of his nose.
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Another warning. If you have a medical condition, ALWAYS WEAR A MEDIC ALERT necklace or bracelet. My husband has Type 1 diabetes and sometimes gets seizures or passes out. Your plumber should do that, too.
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How terrifying for everyone involved. I’d like to add a tangential note. Most of us here have a dozen or more contacts we’ve never met in person, people we communicate with because of our writing. I have a list of people I want my husband to contact for me should I die or become incapacitated, on a physical sheet of paper. Friends are often left wondering why someone has stopped emailing and often never find out what happened to that person. My list includes email addresses, physical addresses when I know them, and phone numbers if I know those, so my husband can choose the easiest way to make those contacts should the need ever arise. I’ve also sent him an email with the information which he keeps in a special folder so he’ll have it available.
I agree with Pamelaallegretto about the brain aneurysm or even a tumor.
I’m involved in medical research. This is something that can be explored very easily and addressed. Poor man!
Thankfully Angela, you all kept your heads and didn’t freak out. A Grand Mal seizure can be very scary to watch. There is nothing you can do to to stop it when it is happening.
In your cell phone contact list you can add ICE (in case of emergency) and all the info of who to contact. I list my nurse daughter since she would be way better than my husband in an emergency. This practice is effective for folks that don’t have “husband” or “wife” to put after the contact person’s name. Emergency personnel know to look for ICE.
That’s such an upsetting story. I do hope the hospital doesn’t just blow it off to high BP meds, and they do an MRI. He could have a brain anyurism or an AVM. You said that he gets a surreal feeling of déjà vu just before his seizures but that he occasionally gets that feeling without a full-blown seizure. This is common for people with brain AVM’s. Our daughter has 2 large, inoperable brain AVM’s and a brain anyurism, so this news about your plumber alarms me. There is anti-seizure medication available. Also, if he does have high BP, that can cause a bleed in the AVM. He needs an MRI. A CAT scan will only show a mass but not what it is. Please let us know how he’s doing. I’m sending him positive thoughts.