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Just in case
I’m actually going to reblog a thing just because this is really important.
As someone who has epilepsy and used to have several grand mal seizures a day, I’d also like to add that “offer help” can range anywhere from keeping the person calm to explaining to them where they are and what they were doing to even just telling them they should sit and rest for a while longer (lack or coordination is common, and it can be hard to walk straight or see clearly).
It’s okay for them to take up to a half hour to fully regain their bearings and sort out what they were doing prior to the seizure. Just answer any questions calmly and be there for support.
If they come around and you start to panic or shake them or ask them what the heck is wrong with them they are going to freak out and panic too.
I cannot stress it enough that this is bad.
If someone has a seizure and they come out of it, please. please stay calm.
They are likely disoriented and confused, even if it’s only for a minute or two, and you don’t want them panicking on top of that because they can have another seizure as a result.
Bolding the ‘Do not hold down’ because DO NOT HOLD SOMEONE DOWN. I know it’s tempting and you think it will help but I have a displaced shoulder from someone holding me down while I had a seizure.
Another helpful thing; if the person can sit up, give them a drink or something sweet to eat. A seizure takes a lot of energy and usually I feel wiped after one. Helps me recover quicker.
Another thing to add; if the person is a young child or obviously pregnant, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Some people have seizures quite often and you don’t need to call 911 every time, but that’s definitely a circumstance that you don’t need to wait for them to come to for. Young children and pregnant mothers need legitimate medical attention after a seizure basically 95% of the time. Also, when they do come to, if the person says they’ve never had a seizure before, that is another time to call 911. And of course call 911 if they seriously injure themselves while seizing.
So when do you call 911 for a seizure?
- small child
- pregnant woman
- first time having a seizure
- when secondary injury occurs during seizure
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