SEIZURE FIRST AID.
Ever wonder what you should do if you see someone having a seizure? Here ya go!
I already knew this, as my brother has severe epilepsy. But more people need to know.
Also, apparently, you should not compress the tongue. If you put your hand in their mouth, they could really take a bite out of you. That’s what my CPR teacher said.
Clarification/things to add:
-Not putting something in someone’s mouth: REALLY. DO NOT DO THIS. The person having the seizure could bite off a chunk of whatever it is and choke on it if they lose control of their airway. They will not swallow their tongue, so it is completely unnecessary.
-Turning someone on their side: This is really important because it allows the most access to air for someone who’s unable to control their breathing functions. -Timing the seizure: Call the ambulance with enough time do it to BE there when/if the seizure hits the 5-minute mark. This is the point at which severe seizures can begin to cause permanent brain damage. In people who HAVE epilepsy, seizures are not always something which calls for emergency personnel, and if you’re with a friend who’s epileptic you should ask about if/when/why paramedics should be called. In people who don’t typically have seizures, they should be treated very seriously.
-If possible, try to speak to the person in a reassuring tone throughout the seizure. Some people describe being in a state of semi-consciousness in which they are not fully aware of their surroundings but are afraid and know what is happening. It’s just a nice thing to do.
-Take note of what parts of the body are affected visibly. If only one of the person’s sides side is convulsing especially, a neurologist would want to know this because it can help indicate the type of seizure it was and whether the epilepsy or seizure pattern of that person is changing. For example, my brother has seizures that typically affect his left side- if he were to have one affecting only the right, or his entire body, I would make sure to alert his doctor.
-If you know the person has epilepsy before you go out, just ask how to help in case of seizure. People generally know their own needs better than a chart. Many people carry medications meant to stop seizures which must be inserted anally, but it is NOT okay to insert them without getting the person’s clear consent before a seizure happens.
-Not all seizures look like what most people expect them to look like (a lot of convulsing). I think of a visible seizure as any prolonged body movement that is involuntary. This definition, which I think is useful for people not used to thinking much about epilepsy and seizures, includes but is not limited to:
*inability to change facial expressions
*loss of an ability the person usually has
*sharp involuntary movements such as jerking motions
*tics the person does not usually have
Just thought that was important to share.
Considering the fact that I’m not epileptic, please feel free to add onto this if needed, or to correct/call out anything I messed up.
There’s always so much confusion about this, so here are some tips.
Don’t tag something triggery with just epilepsy or seizure; epileptics and others who get seizures tend to, you know, spend time on those tags talking about those things. Occasionally someone will troll the tag with trigger posts—should you see a warning about that, repost, leaving out all the potentially saviored tags/phrases so we’ll see the warning!
For basic tumblr usage, I rely on tumblr savior for a certain level of safety. Because these triggers are not phrases in the body of the post, the tags are really crucial. So: if it moves, tag it. Obviously, there’s a whole slew of different tags available; I focus on the stuff I see most people using on both the warning and avoiding fronts.
There are different levels of movement, and some are infinitely more triggery than others.
- Blingees? Tag ‘em, they’re basically flickering lights. I have blingee and blingees saviored.
- Anything that moves very fast, very repetitively, flashing lights—think of that old gif of the dj-ing and dancing club cats—that needs either epilepsy or seizure combined with either warning or trigger. Anything that seems strobe-like should get tagged this way.
- Simpler gifs, like reaction shots, won’t cause problems for most people, largely because gifs are the lifeblood of tumblr; if you can’t handle slight giffage, you’re not nearly as likely to be on the site. In my case, for instance, when those sort of gifs get to me I need to be off the computer altogether. Nonetheless, I use either gif or moving gif with those.
- A single moving gif is processed differently from two distinct sources of independent movement. I personally like having gifset or gif set tagged, as sometimes I can handle a single gif just fine, but a set will hurt.
- A big one: TAG YOUR GIF DUMPS. I have both gif party and gif dump saviored. These are kind of a big deal, because you have tons and tons of distinct movement that can take a while to scroll through, which can be almost as triggering as a strobe-style gif.
I’m very sensitive to visual stimulation, but not so much that I can’t be on the computer—which is, of course, a set of minutely moving lights. My savior constants in terms of epilepsy crap are
- gif dump
- gif party
- epilepsy warning
- epilepsy trigger
- seizure warning
- seizure trigger
[Occasionally I see strobe warning or strobe trigger, but that’s far less common. It’s useful—just not standard.]
When I’ve got a bit of a headache but not enough to log off, my savior also includes
- gif set
I know other people who sometimes need to savior
- moving gif
When in doubt, go a level higher—I dislike missing neat posts, but I hate seizures a whoooole lot more.
it’s so beautiful
Tagging is important, people.