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. 

First Aid For Seizures

Knowing the first aid for seizures is an important aspect in helping to save the lives of people who suffer from Epilepsy especially for Tonic- Clonic Seizures. These types of seizures can be very unpredictable with their uncontrollable jerking movements, as well as the other symptoms that come along with it. Some people are often scared to be around others who have a chronic medical condition like Epilepsy and do not know exactly what to do in case a seizure may occur. I can reassure you guys, there is absolutely no reason to worry. The only that you should do is take the precautions and perform the necessary first aid for seizures and stay calm throughout it all. Well, with me, I have Complex Partial Seizures and Simple Partial Seizures. There is not much someone can do when I seize. The only time I go to the hospital is if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes or the symptoms are really severe. Here are a few precautions you should take in case you witness someone having a seizure.

Tonic- Clonic Seizures

  • Stay calm.
  • Help the person lie down. Put something soft under his or her head and neck. Make sure that there are no sharp or hard objects near the person’s face. If so, move them.
  • Time the seizure.
  • Roll the person over to one side with the head and mouth angled toward the ground so that the person does not choke or swallow on any excessive saliva. This position will also prevent the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway.
  • Loosen all tight clothing such as belts, skirts, pants and top buttons. Remove eyeglasses or tight neck chains.
  • Do not hold the person down. By doing this, you may cause a bone dislocation or get injured.
  • Do not put anything in the person’s mouth. The person is incapable of swallowing their tongue. The muscles for chewing are strong. So, a finger may be bitten, or an object may be bitten causing the person to choke on it.
  • During a seizure, a person may stop breathing and their skin may turn blue at the peak of a seizure. As long as they start breathing again and color returns after the seizure ends, they should be okay. If it doesn’t, call emergency.
  • After the seizure is over, do not try to restrain the person. The person may claim to be okay but they may still be confused. Use a calm voice and try to keep the person in a safe environment.
  • Do not give pills, beverages, or food to the person until the person is fully alert.
  • Stay with the person until he or she is fully alert and oriented. The person may not know what happened. Ask a series of questions that require more than a yes or no question.
  • Call an ambulance if: (1) it is the person’s first seizure, (2) the seizure lasts longer than five minutes, (3) there is more than one seizure, (4) there is a significant injury such as head trauma, and (5) there are problems with breathing after the seizure ends.
  • During the seizure and afterwards, keep others away. They may cause embarrassment and more confusion.
  • After the seizure is over, the eyewitness should tell the person what happened and the duration of the seizure, and, most importantly provide gentle reassurance and support.

Atonic And Tonic Seizures

Atonic Seizures and Tonic Seizures can often cause sudden falls that can also cause severe injuries. Because the seizure may happen within a few seconds of the seizure onset, it may be impossible to prevent. Patients who have Atonic Seizures or Tonic Seizures without warning should use protective headgear to prevent injury.

Complex Partial Seizures

  • Speak quietly and in a reassuring manner, because some people can react to emotional or physical stimulation.
  • Do not yell at the person or restrain him or her unless absolutely necessary, which is rare.
  • Keep the person safe from harm.
  • If someone has unusual automatisms, he or she should be led in a quiet and reassuring manner out of public places.
  • Keep the person away from dangerous situations.

Simple Partial Seizures

Simple Partial Seizures rarely need first aid. Since the person’s consciousness is restored during the seizure, they always know what is happening. When Simple Partial Seizures progress into Complex Partial Seizures or Secondary Generalized Tonic- Clonic Seizures, the person should be cautiously and quietly moved to a safe environment and stop driving and working with dangerous equipment.

Absence Seizures

Absence seizures usually do not require first aid. They are brief and are almost never associated with falling or injuries. If Absence Seizures occur in a cluster, the person should be removed from sports and other potentially dangerous activities during the cluster period. Absence Seizures can very rarely go into Absence Status Epilepticus. If this happens, medications can be given by mouth, under the tongue, between the lips and gum, or rectum to stop the seizure. Medical attention must also be sought.

Source: “Epilepsy: Patient And Family Guide” by Orrin Devinsky, MD

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PURPLE DAY!

National Epilepsy Awareness Day (Purple Day):

That’s today so wear something purple and take a minute to read this please :)

1 in 20 people will have a seizure in their lives so you seizure first aid is useful for everyone to know: 

DO:

  • Remain calm
  • Stay with person
  • Time seizure
  • Protect from injury especially the head
  • Roll into recovery position after jerking stops OR immediately if food/fluid/vomit in mouth
  • Maintain privacy and dignity
  • Observe and monitor breathing
  • Gently reassure until recovered

DON’T

  • Put anything in their mouth
  • Restrain the person
  • Move person unless in danger
  • Apply CPR 

CALL AN AMBULANCE IF AND ONLY IF

  • Injury has occurred
  • Food or water is in mouth during seizure
  • The seizure has occurs in water
  • The seizure lasts longer than normal for that person
  • The seizure lasts longer than five minutes
  • Another seizure follows quickly
  • The person is non-responsive for more than 5 minutes after the seizure ends
  • The person has breathing difficulties after the jerking stops
  • It is the person’s first known seizure

If you could pass this on it would help people with epilepsy who have to deal with a lot of people freaking out when they have seizures as well as being put in unsafe situations/being charged for expensive ambulance rides they do not need. Anyone who like to learn more about epilepsy for purple day this came from http://www.epilepsy.org.au/about-epilepsy/first-aid  and I have lots more info ask me anything , hey this does more than a makeu less selfie does for breast-cancer I’m sure. 

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