Epilepsy and My New Car

Five years ago last month, I woke up in the ER to a new world of epilepsy. This spring, I bought a new car.

That night of my first diagnosed seizure — I’d had others but didn’t know what they were — a cranky ER doc shrugged, “It’s probably idiopathic,” and kicked us out the door. My spouse and I, scared and confused, resented his flippancy, and do still. But he was right. Two years of intensive diagnostics were unable to identify a cause for my seizures. This is actually common. Epilepsy is sometimes undetectable on an MRI, and seizures can flash across the temporal lobe like summer…