20. May, 2019

Epilepsy needs a Cure!

 

Epilepsy Awareness Week

People with epilepsy often say that they feel anxious about having a seizure when they're out and about, because they worry people won't know how to help them.

That's why, this National Epilepsy Week (Monday 20 May - Sunday 26 May),  highlighting the simple ways people can help someone having a seizure, potentially even saving their life.

More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological conditions globally. Nearly 80% of people with epilepsy live in low and middle-income countries. It is estimated that 70% of people living with epilepsy could live seizure- free if properly diagnosed and treated.

If you make fun of seizures, you are being ignorant. There are people in this world who can have up to a hundred seizures per day. Think about those people who live with anywhere from 20-100 seizures per day the next time you decide to crack a seizure joke.

Do not hold the person down or try to stop his or her movements. Do not put anything in the person's mouth. This can injure teeth or the jaw. A person having a seizure cannot swallow his or her tongue

Epilepsy Awareness is critical for the understanding of someone with Seizures. Time could be of the essence, and you, yes you could just save someone's life.

Assess

Assess the situation - are they in danger of injuring themselves? Remove any nearby objects that could cause injury.

Cushion

Cushion their head (with a jumper, for example) to protect them from head injury.

Time

Check the time - if the jerking lasts longer than five minutes you should call an ambulance.

Identity

Look for a medical bracelet or ID card - it may give you information about the person's seizures and what to do.

Over

Once the jerking has stopped, put them on ther side. Stay with them and reassure them as they come round.

Never

Never restrain the person, put something in their mouth or try to give them food or drink.

Us at the moment. Us Us Us

We still carry in as "normal" dealing with the seizures when they strike from sleep. Attending the necessary appointments. Coming up against all the red tape, adversity when your child becomes an Adult...

Cutbacks in services that are ambiguous to say the least. Hopefully my Son's support to his Development College Course will not be cut for his second year in August 2019.

Epilepsies need a Cure Realtime.