Christmas

HOLIDAYS AND EPILEPSY


The holiday season is meant to be very joyful and stress-free; however, it normally ends up being the opposite. Constant cleaning for guests, shopping for gifts and going to holiday parties can cause one to feel overwhelmed and worried. This time of year can also bring memories of lost family members which can manifest into sadness or depression.


To begin, it is important to realize that being highly stressed is not good for anyone, particularly someone with epilepsy. This is because stress can be a trigger for someone with this neurological disease, and can cause an increase of seizure activity. Evidently, not everyone with epilepsy has seizures triggered by stress; though, it is important to try and avoid stress when possible to ensure better physical health.


A great way to reduce stress around the time of the holidays is to learn to manage your time. This means planning what you are going to do for

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There are many activities that a person with epilepsy can engage in, and others that pose a higher risk. Skateboarding and rollerblading are activities in which extra precautionary measures must be taken in the case of a seizure. However, if performed safely, they can be an excellent way to stay active in the summer.


To begin, it is important to consult with your doctor about whether or not they believe it is safe to be participating in activities that pose a high risk. Once they deem that you are able to skateboard and rollerblade, for example, you must understand the next steps to safety.


The next step includes informing coaches, friends and family about your epilepsy. This means that if you happen to have a seizure around them, they will know how to respond. It is also best that you choose to perform these activities in the presence of others, in the case that a seizure occurs.


Most importantly, a helmet must always be worn when

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To begin, it is important to note that there are numerous types of seizures. It should also be stated that not everyone with epilepsy will experience the same type. In this post, I will be generally explaining the various kinds of seizures; however, for a full list please visit the reference page listed below.

 

The first type of seizure is called a focal onset aware seizure, formally known as simple partial seizure. This is when the electrical discharge of neurons is localized to a certain area of the brain. This normally occurs in the frontal or the temporal lobe. In addition, there is no loss of consciousness with these types of seizures. This person may be presenting with a jerking movement of a localized area in the face or hand, for example. They may also have numbness or weakness in these areas. They may be pale, sweaty, nauseous or flushed. Lastly, they can also have hallucinations, déjà-vu, or strange thoughts. It is best to consult with a doctor if

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As a paramedic student, I have learned a lot about how to care for a person in seizure. I have learned an extensive amount about the body systems involved with respects to seizures, but most importantly, I now know how to assist these individuals.

 


Firstly, it is important to remain calm and understand that you are able to help someone that is having a seizure. Allow the seizure to run its course, while running through the following steps to assist them as best as you can.

 


To begin, it is crucial to identify the cause of the seizure. Ask any bystanders if they have useful information to help tell you why the patient may be presenting the way they are. If there are no bystanders, it is helpful to look for some medical alert bracelets or necklaces. The list below provides some valuable reasons to why a person may be having a seizure:

 


1. Epilepsy/Seizure disorder
2.

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When it comes to service dogs, it is important to be properly educated on their role in the community. They are trained to keep their owner with a disability safe and protected at all times, particularity when they need immediate attention. When a person has epilepsy, they may choose to have a service dog to help them in the case of a seizure.


To begin, most service dogs are not able to tell when a person is about to have a seizure; however, they are able to protect an individual when they are having one. There are multiple ways that a service dog may respond to a seizing person, which depends largely on the situation. This can include: the dog may choose to stay with the individual, may be trained to retrieve medication, may alert the nearest person or their caretaker or can activate an emergency call system (Service Dogs 1). Regardless of the response protocol of the service dog, it should be noted that this is what has been decided is best for the seizing person

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