The Bright Side of a Broken Nose

Greetings Friends & Family...

My last seizure was October 11th.  So today, I'm celebrating the (relatively) small stuff (for me); seizure-free for just over one month!!!

October 11th was kind of a crazy day, as you may imagine.  I had been doing a little too much "nesting" (some people call it being cooped up in the house for too long) so I wanted to get out and be active.  My husband, Jake, was working (from the home) so I decided I'd just go for a little jog around the lake, about 2 minutes from our apartment.

First, I've NEVER enjoyed running/jogging.  I had runner friends that were so excited about the 5K they were going to run in and how they were raising money for the local homeless shelter, etc.  Some of my runner friends had GREAT bods that...confession:  I was/am slightly jealous over.  And some of them just seem so happy when they run.  I've tried many times to like it but and for some reason, it just doesn't pan out.  There is a positive side to my hatred of running.  Strong words but, yes, I really do hate running.  Though this isn't particularly why I hate it, apparently running and extreme cardio exercise causes too much stress both on my body and clearly on my mind.  I stress over wanting to like running..."I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."  Unfortunately, I can't; down I go; seizure time.  BLAH!

Yep, down I went on the walking/jogging/biking trail around Town Lake in Austin.  Hmmm, trees, water, rocks...NOT a "good" seizure environment.  When I "came to," I had 2 people around me...freaking out slightly.  There was a precious little Mexican man that runs a fruit stand along the path saying over and over, "oh, the water, not in the water, oh water....are you okay, what?"  The other was a runner and she was on her cell phone calling the ambulance.  Dang it! :-(

When I have a seizure, it's certainly not necessary to call the ambulance though most "seizure rookies" do so.  The ambulance ride is EXTREMELY expensive and it too is stressful.  The EMT's suggested that I go, as my nose was broken and bleeding.  Come on, I don't need to go to the ER on a stretcher because my nose was swollen; it didn't even hurt!  One of them did let me use his phone to call Jake.  They also gave me an ice pack and told me not to tell anyone.  That said, if anyone asks, the Austin EMT's did NOT give me an ice pack.  ;-)  We did go to the ER, as suggested, though.... I can't have a crooked nose!  Actually, I really don't care if my face isn't symmetrical; I've already taken wedding pictures.  ;-) 

The ER is always a real adventure.  It's a good thing I wasn't hurt severely, as we waited about 3 hours for the doctor to say, "Well, it's probably a little crack.  No one can do anything until the swelling goes down.  Here's the card of a plastic surgeon; good luck!"  Please note: I'm not upset with the doctor. IT was just a long, perhaps unnecessary wait.  I went to be "discharged"- side note: I think it's funny that the word "charged" is in there.  We were dreading hearing about our bill.  Thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised.  There was some sort of discount that we were able to get (because of our super-low income status) and the ER visit ended up costing waaaaaaay less than we anticipated.  Plus, they also told us about Austin's Medical Assistance Program (MAP). If eligible for the program, our hospital visits would cost $25- even if whether we had to be helicoptered to the hospital!

While I would have preferred to be seizure free and have a perfect nose, there was some good that came out of my hospital visit; we heard about the MAP program.  We probably wouldn't have known anything about it and we'd still be paying full price for doctor visits, medication, etc... (Yep, covers all that too).  The other positive is that I won't try and like running ever again...clearly, there's a reason I hate it!  Moral of the story, there's a silver lining to all situations. 

In keeping with tradition, my challenges...which will both likely lower stress levels:

1.  Find the silver lining of a perhaps discouraging, upsetting situation... it might just make you smile. 
2.  Find out about your local resources; don't let it take an ER visit to find out what help is available.

Seizure the Day!!!!

Side Note:  My nose is just like it was before the seizure :-) 
Side, Side Note:  Jake will give his side of this story at some point in the near future; likely a little more dramatic than my version.