My Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Experience

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No one can prepare you for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (#EMU). Especially when you're in the middle of a blogging challenge. I'm currently writing a memoir about the experience, to be released 2019. #Epilepsy #Winnipeg #HealthScienceCentre #PurpleDay

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A Letter to My 14-Year-Old Self – Don’t Get that Perm

Dear 14-year-old Tammy, Congratulations. You have the green light to wear whatever makeup you please. Go easy on the foundation though. It’s meant to be worn sparingly. Not as a frickin’ mask. And …

Wire, Cables, and the Orthopedic Ward – I Don’t Remember Breaking A Leg Quotes To Live By, Love Quotes, Purple Day, Makeup Mistakes, Brain Tumor, Broken Leg, Epilepsy, Memoirs, Wire

Wire, Cables, and the Orthopedic Ward – I Don’t Remember Breaking A Leg

Wire. Cables. Everywhere. At least you’re in the right ward. While I sat in the foyer of Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, I glanced at the television above the reception desk. A 42-inch television. If it …

I'm Exhausted - But It Was Worth It #Epilepsy #EMU #EpilepsyMonitoringUnit Purple Day, Makeup Mistakes, Brain Tumor, Epilepsy, Exhausted, Emu, Posts, Beauty, Blog

I’m Exhausted – But It Was Worth It

I can’t shake this fog. I know my body’s been through a lot. My meds were lowered. I had two seizures within four days of each other. Then my meds were raised to normal levels, and I jumped on the …

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Moo Late Night Humour

Today was long. Yet it was short. I basically worked through a thick fog today. Here’s another crack at late night humour: Question: What do you call a cow with no legs? Answer: Ground beef. Aw, po…

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A Recap of a Golden Moment – Why I Thanked My Fellow Competitor

I hugged the silver medallist yesterday at the Stony Mountain on Ice Competition. As I stood on the top of the podium, before the gold medal was strung around my neck, I embraced my competitor and …

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An Exciting Day – Stony on Ice

Thanks for all your messages of congratulations! Obviously, today was exciting. Anytime you stand on top of the podium, it’s exciting. And makes for a tiring evening. More to come tomorrow si…

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Stony Mountain on Ice – Let’s Give it a Try!

Tomorrow, I’m coming out of retirement. My epileptologist cleared me to compete in Stony Mountain on Ice. Twenty-five years ago, I competed in my first Stony, and I won silver. In 1993, I added ano…

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Stepping Out of the EMU

I’m free! Well, almost. After 11 days in Winnipeg’s Health Science Centre’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, I’m being released tomorrow. It seems like yesterday when I arrived at the EMU and …

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Making Waves in the EMU

I had my second event. I actually said, “Finally” as I entered it. I lost consciousness for the first time since 1991 – my first seizure. When I came to, my day nurse and my husba…

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An Exhausted Joke about Bears

Question: What do you call a bear without an ear? Answer: “B.” I thought it was funny.

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Because We Know It’s All About the Food

“How’s the food.” It’s the most common question I’m asked during my stay at the Health Science Centre’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Or as I call it: Chez EMU. And it’s good. It actually is. Okay, the…

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A Tired Joke – aka, To Tired to Write

After yesterday, I’m exhausted. But I wanted to write everyday. So, here’s a joke. Late night humour. Once upon a time there were three tomatoes. A Mama, Papa and a Baby. The Baby tomat…

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Pop the Champagne Cork

I had my event. It was a two-minute long seizure. I talked halfway through. Then when it was over, I was a tad out of sorts. I’m good. Thank you to the awesome nurses who rushed by my side. A…

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When There Are No Words – You Write Anyway

I wish I could express myself, But I just can’t today. I’m not sad. I’m not glad. I’m an in between. Sitting here blue-plaid. Watching an EEG screen. My brainwaves on a television. Instead of me. M…

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I’d Rather Be Skating – But Here We Are

Twelve days before Stony Mountain on Ice. My first figure skating competition in 25 years. And here I am. Sitting in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Watching my brainwaves on the screen in front of m…

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The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit – A Whole New World

“Bring some books and your laptop.” The nurse from the EMU made it sound like a vacation. Starting March 21, I’ll be spending five to 10 glorious days in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. During my sta…