Seizure First Aid.
Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it.
100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
I was about to say it would be helpful if it were explained why we need to time it, but I see a helpful sort has added this in. Well done, helpful sort.
May I also add, from being told previously by a seizure-prone person - no one is going to swallow their own tongue. That is not a thing. However, they may choke, suffocate, or otherwise suffer lacerations from you trying to shove something into their mouth to keep them from doing this impossible thing. On no account do this.
This is super important! I had someone seizure during one of my panels (no it was not our fault, there was no slideshow at this point, just us talking) and we were lucky enough to have a few people with medical knowledge around. Memorize these steps, please.
despite this regarding very specific situations, whenever posts like these come along i always want to mention that a thing i learned in a training thing for my camp counselor job was that if someone’s having a seizure in a pool/pond/body of water, just move things out of the way and hold their head up above the water. if you’re gonna have a seizure, in the water is actually basically the best place to do it because there’s no, like, floor for you to bang yourself on (as long as your head’s being held up. no drowning allowed).
Do NOT call an ambulance without their consent. Medical treatment is expensive, and for many epileptics, seizures are common enough that they won’t need medical help (unless, like in my case, they’ve managed to hit their head and are bleeding all over). If you know ahead of time that you’ll be spending time with someone prone to seizures ask them what you should do. Seizures are (or, can be) terrifying. In my case, I require lots of comforting after care — like a glass of water, hugs, and calming words while my brain reassembles.
Not all seizures are due to epilepsy. If the person you are with is not prone to seizures, help them gather additional information — pains, triggers — that may help with a diagnosis.
I know seizures can be freaky for people watching, but if you are watching a seizure at least you have control of your body and mind! I cherish the memories of people who have stayed with me and cared for me during seizure episodes. You could make a huge impact on someone’s life.