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 of 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.
this is EXTREMELY important but it bothers me that it doesn’t mention why you need to time a seizure. if a seizure goes on for longer than 5 minutes it’s time to call an ambulance, because they could be going into status epilepticus, a life-threatening condition where someone just has one long continuous seizure unless it’s stopped by a medical professional, so if you see someone have a seizure, start timing it immediately and call an ambulance if it goes on for longer than 5 minutes!
the turn on side is extremely important, if you don’t the person can choke on their tongue