Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure in public? Would you be brave enough to help or would you just walk on by and let someone else deal with it? Speaking from the perspective of someone who deals with seizures daily, I encourage anyone reading this to educate yourselves to make a difference if you find yourself in a situation like this.
I have had many seizures in public. It’s so embarrassing and scary for me, but one of the best things anyone can do when I’m having one is reassure me they are there for me, and help me get the assistance I need. Sometimes I get confused and afraid after having a seizure and I just need to hear that everything is going be okay and that I’m not alone. It’s time that we stand together in this, and I hope that if you ever come across someone having a seizure you will take A.C.T.I.O.N.
First of all, don’t panic. You got this!
When you’re having an uncontrollable seizures, remember: A.C.T.I.O.N.
A is for Assess. Assess the situation. Are they in danger of hurting
themselves? Be aware of objects around them and remove anything that you can that they might hurt themselves on.
C is for Cushion. Cushion their head, with a pillow, or jumper for example, to
protect their head from injury.
T is for Time. Check the time and monitor how long the seizure lasts for. If the
seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, call an ambulance! Also call an ambulance if you don’t know the person (it could be their first seizure, if the person is in and out of seizures but not coming round, or if they have injured themselves. Don’t be afraid to call if you’re not sure!
I is for Identity. Some people with epilepsy may carry around an ID bracelet,
check for this, it may contain useful information.
O is for Over. When the stiffness / shaking stops, put them on their side (or
Recovery position if you know it) Stay with them. Be supportive and reassure them as they begin to come round.
N is for Never. Never restrain a person when they are having a seizure!
I hope this helps you get a better idea of how you can help someone in need when he or she is experiencing a challenging seizure.
– Chrissy Jones, Springible Contributor