Britton Otis’s first-grade teacher noticed something was wrong.
Britton worked hard, but her performance didn’t match up. As Britton’s mother, Kim, explained it, her teacher would have to repeat instructions, but it was as if Britton heard them for the first time – “like a blank happened.”
Britton spaced out at home sometimes – she would occasionally ignore Kim calling her, for instance. But Kim had two healthy older boys who did the same thing. Still, she took heed when the teacher, Michele Bowker of Pashley Elementary School, encouraged her to have Britton checked for neurological problems.
A series of electroencephalograms, which test electrical activity in the brain, showed seizure activity. Britton had epilepsy.