" Hey, your eyes are open! How you doin sir." The paramedic yelled over the screaming sound of the ambulance with his hand cupped around my ear for clarity. I lie on a Gurney, an oxygen mask resting next to me. Red and white lights flashed ominously through the windows. His worried green eyes stared into me.
" What happened to me? " I said.
The E.M.T. shook his head and spoke.
" Can you repeat that real slow sir. " He took his hand from around my ear and put his ear next to my mouth.
" What happened to me? "
" You had an epileptic seizure. You’re going to be fine."
My mind turned over like a starter. Talk was painful but I forced it out,
" I'm trying to remember my name, do you know it? ”
I repeated this a couple of times until he understood me.
" No, but that’s all right, just kick-back okay." The EMT yelled.
I tried to go back to sleep but a blood taste lingered in my mouth and bothered me until I finally dozed off.
The gurneys legs poped to attention downward while I was pulled out of the ambulance and back to consciousness. Two technicians pushed me into the emergency entrance of the hospital. The glare of the lights hurt my eyes and the attendants and nurse moved me off the cart and into a bed.
" My name is Amanda can you understand me? " The nurse said.
" What happened to me, " I plead.
"I mean, do you know who I am? " She bent her head down close to my ear and asked me to repeat the question slowly.
Nodding her head she said,
" Hon, you had an epileptic seizure. Your boss followed you down here to give you a ride home when you are released. Andy, Andy Hall is your name. Lay here and sleep until the doctor gets to you. Let me fluff that pillow. "
" Andy Hall, " I repeated the name again and again but brought up no memories. Blood was all over the front of my shirt
" Nurse, where did all the blood come from? "
" You bit your tongue, no big deal. "
" Oh, that's why I sound like an alien. "
She smiled and I went back to sleep. Later, I felt my body shaking but did not want to wake up.
" Sir, Sir, wake up. I know you’re tired but you can sleep later. Andy, wake up. "
The noise and agitation forced me awake, I opened my eyes and saw a man pushing my left shoulder back and forth.
" Are you the doctor ",I said.
" Ah, finally you are awake. I am Doctor Itzutura. You have had a grand-mal seizure. Let me check your tongue Andy, you bit down hard on it during the episode. I'm sorry son this is going to hurt but it's necessary to swab the bitten area and give you a shot, okay? I mean, instead of answering, nod? "
" Well, at least I can understand you better now. " the doctor smiled, and took a hand-mirror looking thing with a light on it and opened my eyes real wide then peered into them.
" You will want to follow up this visit with your own doctor. I've studied the x-rays and there are no broken bones or fractures. Your blood test was low on anti-seizure medication; did you...