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That man fall down!

The other morning we were stopped at a traffic light and Nick exclaimed, “Look mom, that man fall down.” Just as Nick said that, Arden and I both saw an older gentleman fall to the sidewalk while having a tonic-clonic seizure.  Commonly called a Grand Mal seizure, they are recognized by a sudden drop to the ground followed by the full body rhythmic and sometimes severe jerking movements. 

Momentarily horrified at our inability to help him, we both felt a lot of relief as four passersby rushed to his assistance.  

They seemed to know what to do.  His legs were partially in the street, so they moved him away from the curb to safety and rolled him onto his side to prevent possible aspiration during the seizure.  One should never place anything in the individual’s mouth while they are seizing or attempt to move or restrain them unless they are in a dangerous location.  It is also important to time the length of the seizure to be able to tell the person as well as emergency medical personnel when the seizure is over.

Our traffic stop was longer than his seizure.  We watched those Good Samaritans help him to his feet and gently guide him to a park bench nearby.  Then the light changed and we had to go.  Arden and I both wanted to help him, but it was obvious that he was in good hands.

Seizures typically don’t last very long and often a person with epilepsy will regain consciousness immediately after the seizure.  Sometimes they will seem confused or experience extreme fatigue.  These are normal responses.  

We don’t know whether they called for an ambulance.  If an individual unknown to you is seizing, I suggest that you summon an emergency medical team, however that is done in your area.  

Since over 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, you will probably witness a seizure sometime in your lifetime.  There are other types of seizures so for further information you can use your internet search engine to discover a world of helpful facts and suggestions.  The United States has the Epilepsy Foundation. Other countries have similar organizations.

I am grateful that people rushed forward to assist this man.  I am grateful that they were aware of how to intervene correctly.  I wish that there was a cure for epilepsy, but for now I am grateful to have witnessed people helping.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.