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THE Great Katie Kate EXPLAINS EPILEPSY
By M. Maitland DeLand, Jennifer Zivoin
Greenleaf Book Group PressCopyright © 2014 M. Maitland DeLand
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One night, as Jimmy was sound asleep, his trusty dog Bjorn began barking. Bjorn was very concerned. Something was wrong.
Jimmy's mother heard Bjorn barking and ran into Jimmy's room. "What's wrong, Bjorn?" she asked. Then she saw why the dog was worried.
Jimmy was in his bed, but he was shaking and he didn't seem to hear Bjorn at all. He was covered in sweat. "Jimmy, what's happening?" his mother cried. But Jimmy didn't answer.
Jimmy's mother called for help right away. This was not the first time that she had found Jimmy shaking and unable to hear her ask if he was okay. It was time to see the doctor to find out what was wrong.
Bjorn barked again. "Don't worry," Jimmy's mother said. "I called an ambulance."
Jimmy woke up in a hospital bed in the emergency room.
"What happened to me?" Jimmy asked. "I don't remember coming here. I started to feel funny and I tried to call out to Bjorn, but I couldn't even remember his name. After that, I don't remember anything."
"You had a seizure," the doctor said in a reassuring voice. "To help us find out why, I'm going to send you to a neurologist."
A seizure? A neurologist? Jimmy began to worry.
Jimmy's mom held his hand. "I'm right here, Jimmy."
A nice nurse took Jimmy down the hall to the neurologist's office. In the waiting room, Jimmy sat down on the floor next to some other kids who were playing.
Just then, a whirling ball of energy blasted into the room. Jimmy covered his eyes.
When Jimmy opened his eyes, he saw a small redheaded girl in a cape. She had freckles across her nose and a giant, bright smile.
"Hello, Jimmy, I'm The Great Katie Kate. I'm here to help you understand what happened to you and why you're here."
"But I don't know what's happening, and I'm really worried," Jimmy told her.
"Since you had some seizures, you might have a special condition called epilepsy. I'm going to tell you all about it. See that Worry Wombat hiding over there?" Katie Kate pointed to a furry creature that was hanging out near the magazine rack.
"The Worry Wombat?" Jimmy asked.
"The Worry Wombat shows up when kids get worried. But all you have to do is ask questions and learn as much as you can about why you're in the hospital, and he'll take a hike."
Jimmy smiled. "He looks funny."
"Oh, he's a real character!" said Katie Kate. "Now let's get started learning more about epilepsy."
"The first thing to remember," Katie Kate told Jimmy, "is that lots of kids have epilepsy. As many as one in twenty-five kids have it. And there are different kinds of epilepsy and different kinds of seizures. Isn't that right, Susan?"
Susan nodded and smiled. "One morning I was combing my hair when my arms started jerking. Then they stopped. Later, when I was eating breakfast, it happened again. I got milk all over me."
"It sounds like you had myoclonic seizures, Susan," said Katie Kate.
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