So from that day, I had additional things to do, i.e. to eat four pieces of rice, morning, noon and evening.
Every day, my mother asked me whether I ate the rice or not. I diligently ate the rice at the instructed times and had no attacks and even I started to develop faith on the faith healer.
Then, soon enough it was New Years Eve and my family decided to host a party. We invited a number of close relatives and friends. I was happy and excited, we planned to stay up until we ushered in the new year. I helped my mother in the preparation of various dishes and serving our guests. After dinner, we had a bonfire on our yard. We had great fun singing, dancing and playing games like truth and dare. Finally, it was 12:00 am and we wished everyone for the new year. Our parents asked us to go to bed then but few of my cousins pleaded that we be allowed to stay till morning as we seldom met as a whole family. Our request was granted and overjoyed, we sang and danced through the night. Undoubtedly, it was one of the best times time spent with my cousins.
Next day relatives left, now it was me and my mother taking care of the home, cleaning, washing dishes e.t.c.
That very day i.e. 1st Jan afternoon, I had three seizure attacks in one single day. It was unexpected, I was scared and I could sense that my parents panicked. I remember very little what all happened after that. It was only on the next day that I could gain full consciousness. I woke up to find myself lying in the bed the same faith healer talking to my family members. I heard him saying –”she was outside last night the evil spirit possessed her again”.
My parents scolded me for staying outside for the whole night, I was still groggy and lethargic.
That very evening, one of our distant relatives–an uncle, happened to visit us at home. When he came to know that I was not feeling well, he asked what happened. My mother narrated what I had been experiencing with tears in her eyes. After listening to my mother’s narration, my uncle advised us to see a doctor at once. He had read and heard about seizures being treatable. Next morning my father, along with my uncle took me to the city hospital to see the doctor. It took a couple of hours to get there and I was quite apprehensive during the journey to the hospital. At the doctors, My father narrated what had been happening to me. The doctor asked me in detail about my attacks and said that my symptoms and episode were that of “Epilepsy”. He advised me to get two investigations–that was EEG (Electroencephalograph) and MRI (brain). Further, he prescribed one medicine and explained how to take the medicine and its timings. He also stressed that I should not skip a single dose or stop medication without his advice.
I was quite curious as to how I was getting these attacks and moreover, the faith healer had said I was possessed by some spirit. The doctor explained that I was getting these attacks because of abnormal electrical activity of the neurons in the brain and nothing else. He also explained that this was a treacle illness and that I would get better if I complied with the medication regimen faithfully. Hearing this, I was quite relieved. Also, I did not want to be possessed by a spirit of all things! He asked me to visit the clinic again with the reports of the investigations he had advised.
I underwent a MRI Brain and EEG Test and visited the doctor after two days. Looking at the report, the doctor confirmed that I was suffering from epilepsy.