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Seizure Salad

Posted Aug 27 2009 11:38pm

I'm sure you are probably wondering about the title of my blog. I have always dealt with things using humor. It just makes things easier for me. If I don't laugh, I'm going to cry and laughing happens to be more fun.

The phrase "seizure salad" came into being thanks to my brother. Years ago my brother took my girls and I out to dinner. I was a single mother trying to raise three girls, work full-time and deal with Taylor's ever increasing seizures. Taylor was having a particularly bad seizure day. She also happens to love salads. She won't eat cakes, candy, or other sweet things but she will devour a salad.

Anyway, the waitress came to take our order. As she went around the table asking everyone what they wanted, she got to Taylor and asked what she wanted. In the middle of asking that, Taylor decided to have a huge seizure. Without skipping a beat, my brother told the waitress that Taylor wanted a "seizure salad". She kind of looked at us and asked did we mean "Caesar salad"? My brother said no, for her, we call it a seizure salad.

Needless to say, we all started laughing hysterically. I couldn't help it…it was funny. The waitress laughed for a second then I guess she felt bad for laughing even though we told her it's okay it's how we deal, she wouldn't wait on us anymore. She was angry that we made her laugh at that.

So now, when Taylor has really bad seizure days, we call them seizure salad day. I'm sure that is not as funny to everyone else as it is to me, but it still makes me chuckle thinking back to that day.

It's been a rough day for Taylor today. All her seizures were big one and they just kept coming. She couldn't even enjoy the park when her sister took her today. Normally Taylor loves to swing, but not today. She just sat on the bench, seizing away.

I've decided that in the next few days, I'm going to write Taylor's complete history from birth until now. I think it will be better if I break it up into parts. It's just all in my head so it will be nice to have it written down in one place.

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