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What You Should And Should Never Do If Your Partner or Someone Has an Epileptic Seizure

By Andrew Alpin, 10 May 2017

There’s a lighter side to life and one can’t help seeing humor to a situation when everything’s alright in the end. But jokes aside, when a member of your family suddenly gets a seizure for no apparent reason or if your wife happens to fall off the bed and starts going into an epileptic seizure like mine, this is what you should definitely not do.

1 Don’t Jump Around the Room Screaming and Shouting

GINI!! GINIIII!! What’s happening GINI WAKE UP, GINIII get up. C’mon man, she’s having a seizure, she can’t hear you, be calm and stop jumping around and stop freaking out.

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2 Don’t Panic

If you panic, you may raise your own blood pressure and end up having an epileptic seizure yourself. You don’t expect her to help you do you?

  • Don’t try shaking and waking up a person having a seizure
  • When you shake a person it may even dislocate a joint or shoulder

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3 Don’t shove things into the mouth

It’s a classic old wives tale that you should insert something into the mouth to avoid the person biting his/her tongue, they won’t. Instead, the victim may swallow what you shove into the mouth. Read on to find out what you should do.

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4 Don’t slap the person even lightly thinking it will bring him/her around

Be it your wife or your husband or anyone having a seizure for that matter; don’t slap the person’s face repeatedly hoping they will come around. If by chance the person has fallen on her face, you may just be contributing to the swelling and pain later. But if it’s your wife and you do this, she may just give you a sound kicking when she recovers.

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5 Don’t fight with your dog when he snaps and snarls at you

That sentence may seem out of context here but this is a very real situation in any household that may have a little dog attached emotionally to the victim. That little maniac may just bite your pants off if he thinks you’re getting violent with his mama just like my screwball did. Muzzle him immediately or lock him in the bathroom for both your sakes.

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6 Don’t Panic and call everyone in the world except emergency

As long as you have one or two persons on call to help you like a neighbor or someone experienced in such things that should do, don’t phone your entire family, friends, colleagues, and maybe even the grocer, milkman, and baker. Call EMERGENCY instead.

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7 Don’t give any warm or cold drinks immediately on recovery

Doctors advise not to give any food or drink such as warm milk until and unless a person is completely recovered and is in her senses.

Don’t give any warm or cold drinks immediately


8 Now here’s what you should know about seizure in a nutshell

The most common form of seizure easily recognizable and also somewhat scary is a tonic – clonic seizure earlier known as grand mal seizures. A victim loses consciousness, the eyes will be rolled back, hands and legs will start stiffening and there will also be frothing from the mouth. Believe me if this happens at home to you partner or spouse it’s as scary as shit. Most seizures may last between 1 minute to 90 seconds but sometimes some may last longer than that in which case call emergency immediately.

  • Protect a person by removing harmful objects around him /her
  • Place a cushion under the head
  • Roll the person onto the side to avoid choking on vomit, froth or saliva.
  • Loosen upper clothing
  • If in a public place ask bystanders to stay back
  • Once the person has come around be reassuring and comfort the person
  • Stay with the person medical help arrives or you can rush the person to a doctor
  • Remain calm and observant for signs and symptoms that could be of help to medical authorities
  • Time the seizure if possible

Protect a person by removing harmful objects

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9 When medical help becomes an emergency

  • If the person is pregnant
  • If the person is continuously having tonic clonic seizures one after another
  • Call emergency 911 and an ambulance if the seizure is more than 5 minutes
  • They are injured or running a high fever
  • The person doesn’t regain consciousness or isn’t breathing
  • The person has trouble walking or is walking awkwardly after recovery
  • If the person had a seizure after a bad headache or injury

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10 Points to remember which may be helpful for paramedics and doctors

  • If the person has a history of seizures at any point of time in life
  • The length of the seizure
  • How the person moved
  • Injuries from the seizure

One big point to remember is that when a seizure involves a spouse, partner or relative at home, an injury may have caused the seizure as a result of a fall which is possible. Look for injuries such as a bruised cheek, facial swelling or a bump on the head even if it is a small one. Stay safe as my partner is fully recovered too. Share this around if you found it helpful as much as I did. The information here has been compiled from several authority medical sites online.

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