"All I remember was feeling very dizzy and nauseous, and the next thing I knew, I was in this dream," the former Bachelorette star recalled on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "The only way I can describe it is was like a white euphoria."
Trista's husband, Ryan Sutter, said the incident was especially scary for the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Blakesley, whom Trista fell on top of while seizing. "I heard Blakesley screaming, 'Mommy, Mommy," Ryan remembered. "Trista had fallen onto Blakesley in a sort of convulsive state."
Ryan, a trained EMT who met Trista on The Bachelorette in 2003, said that despite his medical training, he was really shaken up by the incident. "I was checking her pulse. She was shaking and stiff. Her eyes were wide open, rolled back in her head, looking sort of up," he said. "She wasn’t breathing. She was turning sort of blue."
As for Blakesley, Trista noted, "She was traumatized, I think she probably still is a bit. She knows that something is wrong."
Trista -- who shared the news of her hospitalization on Instagram -- was rushed to the hospital in Croatia, but doctors were unable to explain the cause of the seizure. They advised her not to drive until she had seen a neurologist when back in the United States. "It's changing my life, still is, to this day. I mean I got up this morning -- and I thought, 'I need to go to the grocery store' -- and then I'm like, 'Oh I can't drive.' Because God forbid, I have another seizure or event in the car. And I could kill someone, I could kill myself. I could kill my kids," she said, noting that she plans to see a specialist. "I have to have a new perspective in order to keep me and my family and everyone around me safe."
The 44-year-old former reality star added, "In this type of situation, you usually ask, 'Why me?' But then I thought right immediately after, 'But why not me? I’m human. This can happen to me ... this could happen to anybody.'"
"Life is fragile. It's precious," she continued. "And you need to take time and enjoy it and the people around you."