It has been years that I had suffered from right temporal lobe epilepsy. Happy enough to have suffered only two attacks at which I was completely unconscious, the other times it was only mild like not being able to move my leg, repeated twitching of eyelid, numbness in the arm, hallucinations, and many more. With the help of medicine frequent attacks are prevented, although I was as if always half awake even during day time.
It was one of those days when I have experience some mild migraine-type headache. I was with my two and a half year old son, alone at home.
I would often say, “Son, I’m gonna lie down for a while because I have headache’’.
He would bow his head in agreement.
“Whenever you want to pee or use potty, you can let me know’” I added.
He would watch his favorite Television program without disturbing me.
But at times he would come to me and said, “Papa, you asleep?” and would touch my head. When I told him that I’m not asleep, he would go back to watch TV again. After a while, he would come back with the same routine. It became his duty to look after me till I get better.
My son, my friend, and my caregiver!
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