We are there for you-Why aren't you there for us?

What is the difference between a person suffering from epilepsy The Unwelcome Visitor (Tuv) and those suffering from any of the following illnesses?

  • Muscular Sclerosis

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Huntingdon’s chorea

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Bi-polar disorder

  • Transient ischaemic attack

  • Aphasia Cereobrovascular attack

  • Catalepsy

  • Encephalitis

  • ADHD Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

  • Tourettes

  • Alzheimer’s disease

The answer is a very simple one, and that is that all of the people who suffer from any of the above illnesses; all suffer from disorders of the central nervous system.

So why on earth are people unable to comprehend and cope with all of us who suffer from Tuv? If one wanted to be pedantic about it, whilst the vast majority of us are Tuv free, we are the same as any other human being. All of the mentioned illnesses are better understood and tolerated by members of the public (mop).

What have all these following famous people got in common?

Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius IX, President James Madison, Senator Edward Kennedy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Vincent Van Gogh, Lord Byron, Alfred Nobel, Peter Tchaikovsky, Theodore Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, Florence Griffith Joyner, Truman Capote, Caligula, George Gershwin, Meraux Hemingway, Michelangelo¸ Richard Burton, Bud Abbott, Neil Abercrombie, Alan Faneca, Martin Kemp, Michael Wilding, Richard Jobson, Tony Coelho, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Greg Walker, Hai Lanier, Chris Knox, etc. etc.

Yes, they all suffered from, and are suffering from the visits of Tuv, and that is just to name just a random few of the fifty million other sufferers in the whole wide world. So in just quoting these famous people, we are not naming the tumultuous amount of others who work in today’s society in many cases as doctors, scientists, successful writers, lawyers and IT specialists just to mention some of the professions in which these people who suffer visits from the Tuv, as well all of those not mentioned in my blog.

Alzheimer’s is yet another horrific illness which causes the person suffering from Alzheimer’s and their loved one’s to slowly start to drift apart. I can speak with a great understanding of this illness as I was my wife’s full time carer for many years. I lost my dear wife Lorna on the 28th January 2014. Lorna, fortunately never became physically aggressive with me or anybody else for that matter. Sadly, however their are those out this with awful illness who have to endure not just verbal, but also physical abuse.

You can be kind and considerate to those suffering from depression, who in some cases can (in more serious cases), lose their tempers and shout and scream abuse to their families and friends, but also to mop. Yet you mop still listen to them and try to pacify them, but where are you for us when we need you?

Members of the public can take can take all of the aforementioned illnesses on board, and have time to gawp at serious life threatening road traffic accident, However when they see Tuv arrive, the vast majority, neither seem to have the capacity to either help or to understand what is going with us, and simply run a mile. Why?

Do we ignore when you have faint? Do we ignore when you have a heart attack? Do we ignore you when you fall over onto the ground? Do we ignore we ignore when you have been involved in a road traffic accident or any other accident? Do ignore others when we hear a cry of help from anyone?

So putting it in very simply, why can’t you be there for us when we receive a sudden visit from the Tuv?

Some of us might look and sound a bit strange. Our eyes in some cases can appear glazed and we might shout out some form of gobbledygook. I can personally assure we are the ones that are really suffering. We are the ones that are really inwardly feeling really petrified. This might scare you, but remember you do not get frightened and walk away from all of the aforementioned circumstances and illnesses that I have previously mentioned in this blog.

All we simply ask of any of you is, is not to just scared and panic, but to be there for us. If in the cases where we have fallen to the ground, (please note that we do not all do that) but simply put a something soft under head and when we are coming out of our attack of epilepsy put us in to the recovery position. If in the cases where someone’s seizure lasts for five minutes, please Dial 999 or 911 respectively for an ambulance. It is always nice to be there for us and reassure us by simply whispering something simple to us such as, “Don’t worry, I am with you. You will be alright”. This is very reassuring to us, and that is all that we are asking from any of you.

What have we who suffer visits from Tuv got to say or do to get the message across to all of you?

We are soon to enter into the New Year 2015, but it is sad that after a millennium or two, that there is so much ignorance still shown to us suffer regular visits from Tuv

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Please make a New years resolution that the majority of you will not shy away from us any longer, and simply be there for us as illustrated above.

I will to wish you a Healthy and happy not just from me but also from all the fifty million other poor souls who get visits from Tuv.

Richard Atterwill

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