Important Facts About Epilepsy (First Aid)
My boyfriend of almost 4 months has epilepsy. I knew this and thought I had myself properly mentally prepared for when he has a seizure. Well he had one today and I wasn’t. It happened when he was sitting in his computer chair so he was fine and nothing bad happened, but it was terrifying and I kind of cried a lot afterwards because I get pretty emotional. This was my first time seeing him having a seizure and it happened after he twitched twice. He takes medication for his seizures, but gets them if he doesn’t get enough rest and he stayed out late last night. When he twitches I know he’s tired so I usually tell him to go take a nap. This was the first time he twitched twice and the seizure happened immediately after the second twitch. I panicked and I wish that epilepsy didn’t exist. After his episode he was disoriented. He didn’t remember any of the things he had just done right before it happened. I had to tell him twice that he had already brushed his teeth. I just want to banish it forever, but sadly there is no cure for epilepsy. He was safe when it happened, but I still felt powerless because I couldn’t make it go away. What I can do though is inform as many people as possible about what to do when they see someone having the more common kind which are tonic-clonic seizures also known as grand mal seizures which is what my boyfriend has. I hope to spread the word and help in any way I can.
- Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
- Don’t hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
- Time the seizure with your watch.
- Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
- Loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
- Put something flat and soft, like a folded jacket, under the head.
- Turn him or her gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear. Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. It is not true that a person having a seizure can swallow his tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can cause injury.
- Don’t attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.
- Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally.
- If the seizure lasts for more than five minutes call 911.
- Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.
- Offer to call a taxi, friend or relative to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself.
If you want to know more about epilepsy please checkout this website: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/
I am super thankful to have my boyfriend in my life. He really does have the best smile ever. The other day I watched him just walking around and brushing his teeth and thinking about how come no one asked him out ever before me even though he is so super handsome, smart, and all in all wonderful. I guess he was being saved just for me. ^-^<3