Notice the new background? Who doesn't love purple?
And, it's almost Epilepsy month!
I have several people in my life with Epilepsy and just wanted to spread the word on the Purple Pumpkin Project. They are simply trying to raise awareness of Epilepsy and particularly what do do if you see someone having a seizure.
How to help someone who is having a seizure
When providing seizure first aid, these are the key things to remember:
- Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
- 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.
- Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally.
- 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.
- Don't hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
- Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. A person having a seizure cannot swallow his tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can injure teeth or jaw.
- Do not attempt to give anything orally.
- Do not keep the person lying on their back.
- Don't attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.