I have had a few absence seizures that I know of, that is how my husband and friend first identified that something was wrong. Now I just have very brief episodes of things not looking right or sounding right. I can't understand what is being said and if I am reading the words no longer make sense. These last about 10 seconds and then all is well. I can usually tell that they are coming on.Absence seizures means a blank out. Not a seizure like most people think of, just a quiet, blank stare, nobody is home sort of thing, and no memory of it afterward.