epilepsy first aid

PSA ABOUT SEIZURES. AKA HOW TO HELP A SEIZURE PATIENT WITHOUT BEING AN ASSHOLE.

I just had a seizure in french class, so this is the part where I go over seizure first aid just in case somebody you know goes through what I do. 

1. As soon as they start seizing get somebody to start a timer. If you don’t know the person call an ambulance. If you do know them, and know they have a seizure disorder call an ambulance anyways; unless they’ve previously told you otherwise. Don’t call the police. Police don’t know how to handle seizure patients. If you call the police that makes you an asshole. When the medics arrive tell them how long the patient has been seizing for, or how long they where seizing for if the seizure has stopped. 

3. if they are seizing violently do not hold them down, seriously you can give them serious bruises or even break their bones

2. If they’re not seizing violently, turn them on their side, and try to get them in the position closest to shock position that you can. They’ll thank you for this if they throw up and don’t choke on their own vomit. 

6. If possible put a pillow or soft object underneath the persons head. This will stop them from braining themselves on the floor, which is usually something we appreciate greatly. generally cracking our heads open is even less fun than seizing. 

Do not, and i mean it do not put anything in their mouth. They’re not going to swallow their tongue, that’s not an actual thing. They may bite it, but that’s preferable to choking on whatever shit you put in their mouth. Just don’t do it. 

4. If they wet themselves don’t tease them about it. don’t even mention it unless it’s to offer them a change of clothes. this isn’t a medical thing, this is just a “don’t be an asshole” thing. 

Don’t hold them down

5. don’t be an asshole in general. sometimes seizures and bodily fluids come hand in hand. we know this. trust me. 

Waking up from a seizure can be super scary, especially if the person has never had one before. Don’t let them sit up right away, and speak to them in as soothing of a voice as you can, and i mean like nature-documentary type soothing, that shit has got to be as calm as it possibly can be. 

Don’t fucking hold them down you can break their fucking bones i’m not kidding

I may add more to this later, but my brain is fried because, you know, i just had a seizure. 

Epilepsy Fact #2

A vital element of recovery from a seizure is to apply paper money to the victim’s pockets and leave it there.

In the last fifteen years or so, many governments have been led to incorporate new materials into federal reserve notes in an effort to prevent counterfeiting. Some of these materials are known to emit a very gentle form of ambient static electricity that stimulates the release of endorphins and stems the tide of histamines within the bloodstream. 

However, this effect cannot be achieved by applying the money directly to the victim’s skin over a short period of time.  There must be a thin barrier of perforable material in place between the paper and skin and it must be left in place for at least three hours. A pocket is ideal for its convenience.

When performing first aid for a seizure, take donations from onlookers and place the money in the pockets of the person who had the seizure before doing anything else to get a start on recovery. 

More Epilepsy Facts

I had a seizure today while trying to go grocery shopping.

But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! I woke up, finding myself turned on my side, with my head cushioned by a large paper towel roll, purse placed beside me.


Obviously someone knew their seizure first aid.


As I started coming to, I saw three people- two of whom I believed worked there, and an older gentleman (keeping time on his watch) speaking to me in a calm tone. At first, I was completely disoriented; as usual. So instead of asking me the same few questions that I could not answer right away, he took the time to just talk. Just talk. I don’t particularly remember what he even talked about, to be honest. Just this very kind man in a suit, getting down to lie on the floor with me until I could gather my barrings; and the gratitude and relief of being treated like a fellow human being, instead of an alien, or a neurological pipe bomb that needs deactivation.

And from that comrodery that he provided, I managed to somehow completely skip my usual “fight or flight” but that I would go into.

Hell! He even gave me his card in case I had any questions later about what happened!

I was really impressed. It’s really nice to see strangers be outstanding.

I just got done handing this flyer out to people and stores at my local mall. I feel a lot safer at my mall now knowing that the stores have this information. 

a little awareness goes a long way. Happy Epilepsy Day

you do not need to call 911 for every seizure!

WHY?

seizures usually only last a few seconds to a few minutes so it is usually best to let the seizure run its course. because if you call an ambulance the seizure will more than likely have stopped before they got there. 

CALL 911 FOR HELP IF:

  • it is their first seizure
  • A seizure lasts 5 minutes or longer (status epilepticus)
  • Repeated seizures occur without the person regaining consciousness
  • Seizures happen more closely together than usual
  • The person has trouble breathing or is choking
  • The seizure occurs in water
  • An injury has occurred during the seizure
  • the person is pregnant
  • the person is a diabetic
  • The person asks for medical help
Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their life time, I am one of those people. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder and there is no cure.

I suffered my first epileptic seizure back in February at the age of 20, it took roughly 5 months for me to be diagnosed. Thankfully I was diagnosed and am able to control it with medication. Suffering a seizure is a horrible experience for all of those involved. The person having the seizure (depending on the type) is completely unaware of their surroundings and who is there. And for the people there it can be traumatic. My mum witnessed my second seizure and was frozen with fear at seeing me in that state. If I had been at home or out with friends when my seizures occurred who knows what would of happened.

My point to this post is to help raise awareness of epilepsy and the lasting effects it can have. There is also a thing called Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) which is not commonly discussed, even when someone is diagnosed with epilepsy the doctor (well mine did) avoids talking about it. SUDEP scares me on a daily basis and knowledge of basic seizure first aid can help prevent it.

For those of you who spend time with me (or anyone who spends time or knows of anyone who is living with epilepsy), whether at uni or in a social aspect, please make yourself aware of what a seizure looks like (mine is tonic clonic seizures), and what to do should I have one. One day it could save my life.