#1
My piano class was interrupted today when my professor had to leave to tend to an epileptic student who began to seize in the hallway. It was a difficult thing to watch, but my curiosity held me there, anyway. The EMS and campus police got there very quickly, fortunately.

It made me feel that I was inadequate to help, and now I'm planning on taking a safety class to learn CPR and other techniques that you may need to know.

Any other experiences with random things like seizures? Has anyone taken special training for such an event?
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No experience with them, and I might take classes on it if I ever feel the urge to do so.
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For my medicine courses in high school I did a basic CPR and first-aid course that included seizures. I've forgotten most of it now, though... I plan to brush up on my knowledge one day.

Good on you for taking that course
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#4
Back in highschool i was with a group of friends waiting around outside for the bell to ring. Suddenly one of my good friends just started foaming at the mouth, fell over and started having a seizure. It was a really bad experience. We all had no idea what to do and it took the ambulance like 30 minutes to get to the school. He ended up being okay though thankfully. It's made me contemplate getting training. Would definitely help if i ever ended up in a situation like that again.
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#5
I'm epileptic myself, all I'd like to hope that there is someone there to stop me hurting myself whilst I'm having a seizure...it always takes me a long time to recover, but it's made easier if I haven't split my head off the floor or something

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Some guy apparently had a seizure in the bathroom my senior year. The story was that he was thought to be possessed so they took him to a priest.

I don't know about that.
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#7
I happen to be certified in first aid, CPR and AED from being a lifeguard. I had a similar experience in class once, my professor was lecturing and all the sudden the girl in the chair next to me sighed and fell out of her chair. She was having a seizure and I jumped out of my chair and held her head and tried to keep her still. She came to while the professor was calling an ambulance and said she didn't take her meds that day, and that she's epileptic, and then she had another seizure. It was pretty scary, but there really isn't a whole lot you can do besides what Fly said and help them not hurt themselves. The ambulance showed up and they took her to monitor vitals and she was fine, but left with them. Everyone was fairly somber and class was cancelled for the remainder.
#9
I live with a severe epileptic. All you really can do is get them into the safety position, every now and then check that their breathing, their pulse and make sure they're not biting their tongue. My housemates seizures can last up to 2 hours so far. But as long as they're breathing and not chopping their tongue in half, it's all you can do.

Edit: Also some Epileptics can afford diazepam. Unfortunately, it's a suppository. If they have a medical bracelet on saying that they are a bad epileptic, you may have to look through their belongings to find it and the seizure has been going on for over 10 minutes then you need to insert it.

Seizures work in several ways, most likely you'll see a seizure or two, and they'll snap out of it. But sometimes they have absent seizures in between the tonic clonic seizures (jerking n' shizzle). It's this "period" that can last for ages of switching inbetween clonic tonic and absent.
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#10
My great uncle is epileptic. When I was little I was at my Grandma's house eating breakfast with him and he had a seizure while he was drink orange juice. He ended up spilling all over me. I knew he was prone to seizures, but had never witnessed him have one in person. It didn't really freak me out that much though, I was more upset about getting OJ spilled all over me.
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My best friend has had a few bad seizures, one in school that dislocated his shoulder me and our other good friend went to the hospital an chilled with him all day.

Want to hear about the scariest thing ive EVER seen in my life? here it goes:

Pick up friend 1

Pick up friend 2

driving back to friend 1's house to smoke some pot

second we pull in the driveway friend 2 is in back seat having a seizure, immediately I start driving to the hospital every few seconds I would look back and see my best friend as if he was dying. the seat belt wrapped around his neck, he was choking on his own spit. it was terrible. we get to the hospital and get him inside while friend 1 calls his parents to tell them what happened. his dad meets us there and thanks us while we chill there at the hospital with him again. this time he is in a wheel chair hunched over, every few seconds he would moan in agony. after about 20 minutes of that he started to become lucid enough to talk but he was still in deep pain. ever since then he has not had a seizure.


Also another time, when I was in 8th grade my science teacher had a seizure in class. the student teacher freaked out an ran to the school office, we were alone in the class with him an all we could do was watch in fear. later we were escorted to a new classroom and that was that. 2 years ago that same teacher died of brain cancer
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You utter asshat, thanks a bunch, there are actually people here that are Epileptic or actually want to learn more about it.

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Don't think there's much you can do for a seizure. Just make sure they don't smash their head open when they have it and just let them have it.
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Another thing about seizures is that fairly often when they come out of them, they'll be severely disoriented. It sometimes takes a while for them to be back to normal, and during this time you have to watch them like a hawk.

One time my housemate had a seizure and she forgot a ****ing year of her life. She didn't know who I was (known her less than a year), forgot where she lived, forgot who her boyfriend was, etc.
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Buddy of mine had one earlier today. Playing baseball, someone was throwing to him, but tripped as they threw, so the ball hit him full-speed in the head. He's never had one before, so I'm still trying to figure out why he had such a serious reaction.
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Another thing about seizures is that fairly often when they come out of them, they'll be severely disoriented. It sometimes takes a while for them to be back to normal, and during this time you have to watch them like a hawk.

One time my housemate had a seizure and she forgot a ****ing year of her life. She didn't know who I was (known her less than a year), forgot where she lived, forgot who her boyfriend was, etc.


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#21
The kid who seized up today, even once he calmed down, could not speak at all. He was able to remove his wallet for ID, but he was very slow and shaky.

I don't intend to compare a dog to a person, but one of my dogs had epilepsy. I assume they work the same way. She would just randomly clench up and fall over, it was sad to see. Her fits would only last 5 minutes, tops, but she wouldn't move around much afterwards. I'd imagine it makes the muscles quite sore.
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The kid who seized up today, even once he calmed down, could not speak at all. He was able to remove his wallet for ID, but he was very slow and shaky.

I don't intend to compare a dog to a person, but one of my dogs had epilepsy. I assume they work the same way. She would just randomly clench up and fall over, it was sad to see. Her fits would only last 5 minutes, tops, but she wouldn't move around much afterwards. I'd imagine it makes the muscles quite sore.


I also have a dog with epilepsy it breaks my heart every time it happens. The first time my ex-girl friend saw it she started crying an we sat there with the dog until he was done
#23
My older brother started having seizures in about November. The first one was when he was driving his mustang, he passed out and ran into a freaking brick wall. He's had a couple since that've been kinda scary but he's been fine.
Actually since the crash his back was killing him and he went to get x-rays right after and they didn't find anything but he went again and it's broken in several spots. Somehow they couldn't see them the first time. They also still don't know what he has.
Anyway he can't drive now, atleast for a while.
#24
I've had 2 people collapse and have some form of seizure literally onto me. One was (later discovered as) an ecstasy overdose, and I still have no idea what happened to the other guy.
We were just sat at a computer watching youtube videos, and suddenly he pitched forward, smacked his face into the side of the desk and slid down me onto the floor. I just put him in recovery position once he'd stopped moving and left him with a friend while I ran for help.
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My older brother started having seizures in about November. The first one was when he was driving his mustang, he passed out and ran into a freaking brick wall. He's had a couple since that've been kinda scary but he's been fine.
Actually since the crash his back was killing him and he went to get x-rays right after and they didn't find anything but he went again and it's broken in several spots. Somehow they couldn't see them the first time. They also still don't know what he has.
Anyway he can't drive now, atleast for a while.


does he ever have small seizures that last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute? for years the friend in the story from my other post would have these mini-seizures until one day a BIG one came an just ****ed his world up, I think there called gran-mal seizures or something like that an they are bad news
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Luckily I have never experienced a seizure before with a human. I think my dog has had two seizures though, both were really scary. He just completely froze and fell over, his pupils dilated and stared at nothing, frothed at the mouth and was breathing fairly heavily. He also shit himself because he lost control of his bowels I suppose.

First time I was really freaking out because I thought he was dying, he wouldn't respond to anything. Then after about 30 seconds he got up and was really disoriented, walking around like a drunk person. He tried jumping up at me as well, as though he was trying to say he's all right.

Anybody have any idea what that might be?
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One of my closest friends has infrequent seizures. One time she had a grand maw while we were walking alone, thankfully she was able to warn me by saying "I think I'm about to have a seizure" and a second or two later she dropped. Fortunately I was able to hold her head to keep from being hit while somebody came by and alerted the paramedics, but it honestly was one of the scariest experiences of my life.
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there was a girl in my year at school with epilepsy who had a seizure pretty much every day. It was always hilarious when we had a substitute teacher.
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#31
I have complex-partial seizures due to epilepsy which more than likely stems from my autism.

I hadn't had a seizure in 4 years until a couple days before last Christmas. At the time, I was working at a pizza place as a delivery guy, and I had the seizure about 2 hours before I had to go in. Since I had just had a seizure, I did the responsible thing and called in and said I couldn't make it. Asshat boss basically called me and all of my family scum.

Also, I had that seizure while driving. Thank God my fiancee was there with me and the one I had didn't make me completely unconscious.
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I know a few epileptic people, never seen them have an attack.

My dad had epilepsy that was caused by a brain tumour, first time it happened he was on holiday with my mum. For 7 years he was classed as "dangerous" as in he couldn't drive or operate machinery in case he had a fit. Weird that I never witnessed any attacks to say he had a fair few at home.

Either way, I've been taught how to deal with it. Basically make sure they aren't in harms way, are breathing alright (as far as fits go), in the recovery position as best as you can get them and call an ambulance at the first possible opportunity.
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Another thing about seizures is that fairly often when they come out of them, they'll be severely disoriented. It sometimes takes a while for them to be back to normal, and during this time you have to watch them like a hawk.

One time my housemate had a seizure and she forgot a ****ing year of her life. She didn't know who I was (known her less than a year), forgot where she lived, forgot who her boyfriend was, etc.

Seriously?
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#35
Although this thread has turned into somewhat of an epilepsy discussion, My Uncle has Brain Cancer and I remember once main years ago he had a seizer from it. With any seizer the most worrisome thing is having the person fall and hit their head, well my uncle is 6 foot 11 which would be catastrophic had he not been seated at the time. That one was of the more scarier memories I have.
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does he ever have small seizures that last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute? for years the friend in the story from my other post would have these mini-seizures until one day a BIG one came an just ****ed his world up, I think there called gran-mal seizures or something like that an they are bad news

I dunno. We've only known of a couple for sure, and he doesnt even really realize they happen unless he's in public. I think they've been for about 3-5 mins though.
#37
A kid in my Jr High had epilepsy. He had a one on one aide to watch over him, he walys felt them coming on, so he'd just leave and go have a siezure and come back. I witnessed him convulsing through an open door once, it was pretty disturbing. He was a cool kid...
I've also had a girl choke behind me in class once. The teacher had to do the heimlich. Then I felt like a failure because I was a registered jr EMT at the time and could do CPR/heimlich and just panicked like everyone else...
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