Thirty-year-old IT recruitment consultant Lindsay Sheridan had a feeling that something had happened as she was leaving a car park on her way home after a particularly busy day.
She had been delivering corporate Christmas gifts to a hotel on her way home and was aware of hearing a loud noise as she was leaving, but was confused.
It had been a hectic 24 hours. Lindsay had put a lot of effort into preparing presentations for her clients. It was a stressful time and now she was feeling very tired. When she arrived home, she told her flatmate how she was feeling and went straight to bed.
Lindsay remembers now that earlier that day, a colleague had expressed concern about her behaviour just ahead of one of their client meetings. “As we walked in to the boardroom, my colleague asked me what had happened?” Lindsay recalls. “I don’t know,” she replied, and shrugged it off.
The next morning though, when she noticed that her car’s front number plate was missing, she was alarmed and went to see her GP.
“I had been having episodes before that, but I didn’t know what they were. It was just a dream-like sequence or something that happened every now and again. I know it sounds crazy, but I just wasn’t sure what was happening,” she says. “I found out that I had driven into a pillar at the hotel, which caused the damage.”
The GP quickly diagnosed that she had epilepsy and said she wouldn’t be driving home.This condition affects 40,000 Irish people who may get seizures or fall into a trance and can cause injury to themselves or others.