Going Purple For November
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans, but many still dont know alot about the disease. The National Epilepsy Foundation has set aside the month of November as “National Epilepsy Awareness Month” ….
This year the Foundation is running the “Now I Know” campaign. The initiative invites those with epilepsy, friends and family members to share information they’ve learned about the disease by posting a video….
Select videos may also be featured on their website and at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC. They hope to pool the collective knowledge of the epilepsy community into an easy-to-use resource and to serve as a jump-start point for talking about the disorder.
The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.
Epilepsy has impacted many of us and this month try to learn more. Find info on facebook and twitter . Get involved and learn more about our families … who live and overcome epilepsy. My Daughter has had epilepsy since she was seven, today she thrives in everything she does! We are so proud of her for being a fighter and not letting this disease get the best of her, instead she has control of it !
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First aid for epilepsy is basically simple. The goal is to keep the person safe until the seizure stops naturally by itself. It is important for the public to know how to respond to all seizures, including the most noticeable kind—generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or convulsions.
When providing seizure first aid for generalized tonic-clonic seizures, these are the key things to remember:
- Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
- Don’t hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
- 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. Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. It is not true that a person having a seizure can swallow his tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can cause injury.
- Don’t attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.
- 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. ~ Epilepsy Foundation