How It Feels…To Have A Seizure


By Leah Sitz

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How It Feels returns to tell the first person stories of KU students who have had incredible experiences. Check back each Thursday over the next few weeks for new installments. 

At her first college exam, University of Kansas student Allie Scott, a sophomore from Topeka, had a seizure. This is what it felt like to recover.

I woke up in an ambulance and everything was muffled. A guy was standing over me, telling me I’d had a seizure. I wasn’t scared; all I could think was “you’ve got to be kidding me.”

After that, I came to again while lying on a hospital bed. About an hour later, I was coherent enough to call my parents and let them know what was going on. I had to ask the nurses four times what hospital I was at because I kept forgetting.

My parents arrived and my mom was freaking out. The doctor came in to do some head scans and threw around some scary words like “brain tumor.” Everything was still too fuzzy for me to even care.

Instead, I was worrying about my Bio 150 exam that I had been taking before the seizure. I couldn’t remember how much of it I had completed. I knew the professor wasn’t going to let me take it again because he had released the answers immediately after.

The weirdest part was going back to class. People told me what had happened and what I had done during the seizure. Except I couldn’t remember any of it, even though I had been conscious for the whole thing. It felt like a dream.

Then a few weeks later, a guy in my Chem lab had a seizure. It freaked me out. It didn’t bring back any memories but it was scary to watch. I thought: “Lord have mercy. That’s what I looked like?” Your face turns blue because you aren’t getting oxygen and you’re slobbering everywhere.

When I’d had my seizure, I’d bitten a chunk out of the back of my tongue. I was also really sore because my muscles had tensed up for about five minutes straight. In the hospital, there was a point where I couldn’t feel my legs. If I touched them with my hands, I could feel them, but if I was just sitting there, it felt like they were gone.

My doctor said he gets about one college-aged student in per month with the same problem – I had epilepsy. He said it’s a really common age for the symptoms to appear.

Now I have medicine that I take daily. Hopefully that will be my one and only seizure.

Photo by Emma Creighton