After my first seizure, I told myself and everyone else that it was just a fainting spell. Things more or less got back to normal and I was back on the swim team. With my inability to do a lot of other sports, I got into computers and more intellectual pursuits, which made me into the geek I am today.
After high school, I did get into a training program at the Emirates Training Center, to study to become a travel agent, life was pretty much easy, no pressures whatsoever. I hung out with my friends, and went to parties and basically enjoyed life.
One Christmas, when I was perhaps 17 or 18, the dad of a friend of ours decided to have a Christmas party for his friends at a nursery school that he owned. We were hired to be “bartender”, something quite a few of us were very much looking forward to. I mean, teenagers with unlimited booze lying around. What could go wrong?
The party was good enough, a bunch of parents all dancing and chatting, with us guys pouring drinks for them and ourselves. At 3am, pretty much everyone was wasted and the parents had all gone. We stayed back and cleaned up, I sent everyone home by taxi and the few of us who were left picked up mattresses from the place of a friend who lived close by and slept at the school.
In the morning, we cleaned up, I went home, fixed myself a meal and sat down in front of the TV about to eat.
I woke up in the hospital with a very worried mom and dad above me. This was the first time they had seen me have a seizure, and they seemed very worried, although I couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. As far as I know, I had no “aura” or anything of the sort. My muscles ached though and were all stiff and all I could do was roll over and go back to sleep.
There were classic signs of Rhabdomyolosis after that. I peed what could only be described as something the color of Pepsi. My dad believed that it was because I drank a lot of Pepsi at that time, and I don’t think anyone in the hospital told us what Rhabdomyolosis was.
I did get sent to an EEG, which came back negative. At least that is what I think. No one ever told us what the results were – a side effect of the government hospital in the Middle East at that time, so I assume that it was normal. I did get put on Carbamazepine tablets for the next couple of years, but stopped taking it and didn’t have a seizure for years later.