I have never had a seizure myself nor have I ever seen anyone suffer one with my own eyes so this was the first for me and I have to say seizures are more terrifying than I thought. When you see actors faking seizures in movies – that’s nothing compared to the real life.
I know there was a girl I went to school with who had epilepsy and other kids saw her have seizures but it never happened when I was around. I did feel sorry for her though because everybody knew she had occasional, unprovoked seizures so she had to live knowing that everybody knew she was epileptic.
Scary thing is – back a few centuries ago, someone who’d been observed to have had a Grand Mal would likely be suspected of having been possessed by the devil so on top of having had a shit hand served to them in life, they would also be burned at stake.
This video shows a young man suffering a Grand Mal, or Tonic–Clonic as they call it now, seizure at home. The intense part starts at around the 6:20 mark, gets really bad at around 6:45 and lasts until about 7:25 at which point it eases down a little.
Do you know someone who has seizures? Have you been present during a bad one? How would you describe it? Do we perhaps have people among us who suffered a Grand Mal in the past?