August bolts at random: While watching television, eating breakfast, mid-conversation, she just stands up and runs. While under observation, she is recorded having several “running” seizures around the ward and hospital. O’Sullivan describes her “as like a silver ball in pinball machine, bouncing from target to target”. She diagnoses neuronal migration disorder, a genetic condition. Surgery is not possible and medication has a limited effect but August starts a cake-making business from her home.
Susan has frontal lobe seizures which cause her to jump on the spot. Her movements are described as like an “addled, drug-fuelled” dance. She has been arrested on numerous occasions and accused of being intoxicated. After Susan undergoes surgery, O’Sullivan says she is “terrified” to receive a picture of her patient abseiling down a rock face. She has never looked back and is seizure-free.
Donal is a school janitor who comes to see O’Sullivan after seeing “seven small brightly coloured men” appear from behind a plant pot in his workplace, then again in his dining room at home and later in his bedroom. Further investigation leads O’Sullivan to believe his hallucinations are a symptom of epileptic seizures. The seizures go away with medication but O’Sullivan has no concrete explanation for why he saw the seven dwarves — she surmises it may be a specific neuron stored in his longterm memory.