Do you know someone that has Epilepsy? It can be scary at times. I have been around and cared about several people with Epilepsy.
When Emma was little we had a scare. A huge scare. I was holding her as she fell asleep while nursing. Suddenly her eyes locked to the side and she began to have a seizure. She turned purple and gray and I was scared to death she was dying. What Emma had was called a Grand Mal seizure. This was one of the scariest moments in my entire life. Actually I take that back. It WAS the scariest moment in my life. I thought my baby was dying.
I called 911 and the Fire Department arrived within minutes. One of the Firemen had a son with Epilepsy and he was there to console me and talk me through this moment. After the seizure ended she just laid there…lethargic. He reassured me that this was normal because of how tiring a seizure is. It zaps everything out of a person. After having many tests run we had no answers. They told us it may or may not ever happen again. I watch her all the time when she doesn’t seem to be acting right.
When I was younger I had some issues that they could only figure to be Petit Mal Seizures. These are not the scary looking seizures that comes to mind when you hear the word seizure. They thought that maybe it was possible that Emma has this same sort of condition and that the Grand Mal seizure was brought on by that. There was no diagnosis of Epilepsy, but the condition sticks as a future possibility in my head. I stay prepared for that next big seizure just in case it comes, hopefully it won’t.
HealthyWomen.org created the “Women Succeeding with Epilepsy“ video series which is sponsored by UCB, Inc. The video series was made to educate and inspire women dealing with the challenges of living or caring for someone with epilepsy. You can watch real moms tell their stories.
They also have a tip sheet available to download. It has 10 tips for supporting either a child or adult with epilepsy. The tips are some great ones and encourage being very open about the condition. One that stuck with me was to always be prepared. I want to be sure that I am prepared in case another seizure does occur. Last time I had no idea what to do. All I knew to do was hold her to make sure she didn’t get hurt during the episode. I had no idea what else to do though.
I hope you’ll check out the site and share it with friends.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen’s “Women Succeeding with Epilepsy” sponsored by UCB, Inc. and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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