Epilepsy Awareness Day March 26, 2015

Tomorrow, March 26th is Epilepsy Awareness Day. Epilepsy is a big deal to us because it affects both my husband and our youngest daughter. To raise awareness for the many people who live with epilepsy each day here are some facts regarding epilepsy.

Facts about Epilepsy-

1. 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives.

2. Epilepsy is a broad spectrum disorder. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures can look different from person to person. These types can range from staring off into space to convulsions.

3. Epilepsy is not contagious. You can't catch it by being near or touching a person with epilepsy.

4. In 70% of epilepsy cases the cause is undetermined. This is called idiopathic epilepsy.

5. Some epileptics are sensitive to flashing or flickering lights. That means lights such as emergency vehicles, lightening, or flashing Christmas lights can trigger a seizure in someone with epilepsy.

Epilepsy affects more people than one would think. You probably walk by more epileptics on a daily basis than you realize. When our family goes out you wouldn't be able to tell that we have 2 epileptics in our family because when the brain is functioning normally an epileptic looks just like you or me.

But what if you did see someone having a seizure? Would you know what to do? 

Here is what to do should you see someone having a seizure.

1. Protect the person from injury. Remove any objects that can cause injury. It is very easy for a convulsing person to hurt themselves with nearby objects.

2. Roll the person on their side and cushion their head. This helps them to be able to breathe.

3. Time the seizure. This is very important as seizures lasting longer than 5 minutes are a medical emergency. If this is the case call 911 immediately.

4. Talk calmly to the person having a seizure. Coming out of a seizure is very confusing.

5. Stay with the person until they are fully recovered. Coming out of a seizure is confusing and the person may not remember their name or where they live.

Absolutely DON'T-

1. Put anything in a convulsing person's mouth. You can't swallow your tongue. It's impossible and putting something in their mouth can cause more harm.

2. Don't restrain the person.

3. Don't move the person unless they are in danger.

4. Don't give the person anything to eat or drink until they are fully recovered.

Call 911 if a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or the person has a cluster of seizures one right after another with no recovery time or injury has occurred.  

Living with a family member with epilepsy for the last 10+ years has taught me a lot about epilepsy. It also makes me want to share what I know with others so that we can raise awareness about this condition.

There is currently no cure for epilepsy.

Tomorrow March 26 is Epilepsy Awareness day. Purple is the official color of epilepsy awareness. In support of those with epilepsy the epilepsy community is asking people to wear purple on March 26 to show their support and raise awareness.

We would be honored to have to join us. #teammoore


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