For those who don't know, Tuesday March 26 is Purple Day.
This week's ten things Tuesday is about Purple Day and what it means to me.
It's not about donating or buying things. It's about people learning what it is by wearing purple.
2.Started by a girl
A 9 year old in Canada started Purple Day a few years ago and it's just about wearing purple on March 26. If lots of people wear purple, someone wonders why and asks and learns something.
3. My daughter had childhood epilepsy.
She outgrew it, thankfully.
4. There are different types of seizures.
Knowing what I know now, my daughter would have not gone through what she did if someone knew what to look for. To begin with she had absence seizures, and a lot of them. We did not know what they were. Her kindergarten teacher was always on her about staring around and taking so long to get work done.
5. My daughter almost died from continuous complex partial seizures.
Over and over, she had them. It was scary watching her, thinking she was dying. The ambulance crew had to give her paralyzing medication so she wouldn't seize to death.
She had to be on Dilantin to control her seizures. You learn to do things by the drug schedule since she had to eat when she took them.
7. Always watching
Even bath times were not sacred. I had to watch her in the bath in case she had a seizure. Showers were pretty much out so she wouldn't have a seizure and fall and get hurt.
8. Knowing what is truly important in life
Seeing your child almost die really changes you. It makes you really see that everything can change in an instant. I am lucky I got to wake up from my nightmare. I feel for anyone that never got to.
Life flight had to stick a tube down her throat and in doing so, knocked her front teeth out. The adult teeth grew in crooked because the baby teeth were knocked out and they didn't know how to grow in right. She has spent half her life going to the orthodontist. Finally she is in retainers.
Locked away in my brain is that day. I could tell you that whole day in detail from where I was when it started to the end of the day when I ate a bacon cheeseburger from Wendy's. Some things you just don't forget.
If you think about it and have some purple, please wear some in honor of Purple Day.
Epilepsy is, by definition, 2 or more seizures of unknown origin.
Have an awesome Tuesday!