Some of us dream of having our husband arrested
Who really goes through with it?
Does an Oomph in your argument call for the cops?
Do you use it as a threat to end a fight?
I got one better for you. Do you not recognize him and and swear he is a stranger trying to take you against your will. Im sure that’s not one you thought up yet? I might not have been around to see the drama unfold but I heard the tale many times from both my parents.
This exact scenario was happening at a rest stop along I95 headed home from a road trip. Just a simple stop to an ordinary rest stop for a bite to eat. All things are normal at the moment but that minutes away from a family crisis of unrepareable proportions. OMG for real. I can only relay to you what my Dad had told me on several occasions with tears in his eyes from belly cramping laughter.
Their about to leave the rest stop and head back to the car when it strikes with no warning. It’s a seizure or “episode” as we liked to call it and he’s not surprised. We all know the routine by now.
1. Make sure she has nothing in her hand to hurt herself or others with.
2. Try to get her to sit down before she crashes down on the floor. (Amazingly she’d falle many times and never felt pain or realized till she felt the lump later on)
3. Stay close at all times. You never know where she can dissappear to or what she might say to someone.
You would consider this our three cardinal rules we lived by, but if none of these were an issue we let her pass the seizure until she came to her senses and was better to deal with. Some seizures were very severe like you see on TV with flaying arms, violent movements, foaming at the mouth and super strength. Other seizures were more like minor black outs. Nothing to be alarmed about but the aftermath is 5 minutes to 1 hour of mental confusion. Not knowing who, what, where or why she is this place at the moment. On the outside looking in this can appear to be a women in distress, however we are stressed and she is unaware.
Now that I got that covered, let’s go on with the chaos that’s about to bubble over. In my best interpretation of the events, I can best say that it happened the following way by all information gathered. The episode has just occurred and now we have the aftermath.
Dad: “Rosa, get in the car.”
Mom: “NO! Im not getting in the car with you. Now leave me alone”, as she fumbles around trying to leave but obviosly not sure of where she is the fumbles lead her nowhere fast.
Dad: Desperately “That’s enough!”, as he grabs her by the arm to get her into the car.
An officer is in the parking lot watching this situation escalate. This must not look good for Dad and the officer is on his way to investigate the situation.
Officer: “Is there a problem here?”
Mom: Forcefully “Yes, there is!. I don’t know this man and I am not going with him. He keeps trying to get me to go with him and I don’t know him. Please tell him to leave me alone.” With a dazed look on her face, I could only imagine this officer suspects drugs are involved here. Not a good first impression.
Officer: “Sir, if the woman does not want to go with you can not force her.”
Dad: “She’s my wife”, he said with a chuckle assuming everyone knows what a dazed women who has eplileptic siezures looks like, Duh!. We are occustommed to her bizzare behavior, but this officer was not. Now this can be a problem…..let’s see now.
Dad: “Really, you don’t understand she has epilepsy and isn’t in her right mind at this time”
gathering that the officer can see what is really going on here, my Dad is going to continue with the original mission of getting Mom back in the car.
Dad: “Come on Rosa we got to go and I need you to get in the car now.”
By this time the officer has not viewed the situation as anything less than hostile and is making motions to end this man from forcing a women against her will.
Officer: Grabbing hold of Dad’s arm “I can’t let you go with women if she is not willing”
Dad: Now getting angry and reaching for his wallet to prove they have the same name and be on their way.”Let me show you that this is all a big misunderstanding.”
Officer: “Well alright, I’ll let you show me some identification and Miss, please show me your identification as well please”. Looking in my Mother’s direction, nodding his head, indicating that it was alright to follow the instructions. Now they are both both pieces of evidence are out and presented to the officer.
Officer: Reviewing both liscences, my mother’s being one of identification only, because people with seizures are not allowed to drive, he sparks a smile of understanding. “I see what we have here, and I hope that you feel better miss.” Smiling at my mother with relief and sympathy, ” Have a safe trip home.”
Dad: With enormous relief “Thank you for understanding the situation”
Mom: “What do you mean, your going to let me go with this man! I don’t know him” Confused as to what just happened she manages to willingly get in the car and head home as planned. The Officer and my Dad glance at each other as they make their exits.
So all of this could have worked out very poorly for my dad. Being moments away from being arrested for getting his wife into the car. Sometimes I think she milked the situation, just to watch my father sweat a little bit. I’ll never know, but there is that 5% doubt she allowed a few extra minutes of her episode to continue for a few beads of sweat on my Dad’s brow.