Some important tips on how to help / assist someone dealing with epilepsy:
- Having a seizure and the brain “re-booting” will be different for everyone. *(but we all share some basics)
- Do NOT try to “stop” someone from having a seizure. Because you can’t! Protect the person; protect their head, make sure they are safe and ok.
- Basic first aid procedures can be attempted but may be difficult depending on how aggressive the person is seizing. *(putting the person on their side is always a good idea. DO NOT put anything in their mouth. The person may bite their tongue; which is always painful. But my understanding is, it is impossible for a person to swallow their tongue)
- If you are unsure on what to do and how to help someone having a seizure. Calling 911 for medical assistance is always the best thing to do. *(check for a “Medical ID”)
Coming out of a seizure: (waking up)
- Don’t be in a person’s line of sight (right in their face) when the person is waking up / coming out of their seizure. *(Because re-gaining focus can be very scary and confusing)
- Try to make sure the person understands they have just had a seizure, this is very important. *(remind the person of this many times, more than once)
- Make sure the person has not injured themselves. *(may have bitten their tongue)
- Be careful, they person maybe defensive. It is a natural human behavior to protect one’s self. Especially after such trauma. Being so dazed and confused can cause panic, upset and even *(in certain cases) anger.
- Rest is ALWAYS the best way for the brain to repair and recover from the trauma of a seizure. *(the person may be VERY sore and have a stiff body after a seizure)
- A person going into / But especially coming out of a seizure may appear to be drunk or on drugs. *(the brain works in mysterious ways and the brain “re-booting” after a seizure can be VERY emotional and difficult for ALL involved) -Again rest is probably the best way for someone to repair and recover from a seizure.
Epilepsy medication / assistance:
- PLEASE make sure you follow your Doctors instructions when it comes to ALL medications you are taking. *(NEVER stop taking your epilepsy medication. It can be VERY dangerous) -I have made this mistake myself and it was one of the worst experiences in my life.
- Any problems you may have with your medication should be reported to your Doctor asap. Talking to a medical professional is the best way to get any “side affects” etc resolved. -Please seek medical assistance if and when needed.
- Wearing something such as a “Medical Alert Bracelet / ID” is VERY important. If people and medical professionals trying to help you know what your condition is, they can help you much better.
*Click on the picture below to go to the Universal Medical ID website… “Identify Yourself”.
*Important Note: I am NOT a Doctor or trained in Medical Science in any way. I am someone who has and is living with epilepsy. Personal life experiences and everyday life; dealing with my epilepsy, is where the info above has been gathered.
THANKS dhbepilepsy (2015).