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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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May 25th, 2005

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01:31 pm - Some things that have struck and/or amused me in the past few days:
  1. I need to learn how to treat people who have seizures. I've seen two in recent memory, and as a former first-responder to emergency situations, I should know this stuff, but I don't. And watching a man have a seizure in the airport yesterday was surreal. No one knew how to respond, and so no one did. I wasn't anywhere close to the guy, and I was the only person to run to the ticket counter to get help. What was wrong with those people? No one even called for help. But what really got me thinking about it was this thought: what happens if someone has a seizure at a Grove event?
  2. Also at the airport: "Please be conscious of all metal on your person." I was amused by this. It seemed to me that the nice-sounding lady on the intercom was asking people to use the Force to feel anything with metal content on their body, to separate it out, and to know where it is, mentally. It seemed like a very metaphysical way of putting it.
  3. From singingwren at lunch today: "Besides lactating sheep, there are other animals that lactate. That's why we have different traditions of Paganism." This, of course, is a reference to PSA's first Lantern Article. We teach our Co-Chairs well.
  4. Sometimes, you forget just how good your friends are.
  5. I saw Star Wars twice on opening night. I haven't talked about it, but it's one of the best stories I have at the moment. I'll definitely have to talk about it soon, because I saw it before everyone on my friend's list. I got to see a press screening. For free.

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Current Music: "She's Got You", -JB

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Date:May 25th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)

Responding to seizures

I am an epileptic (Grand Mal seizures), and though I haven't had a seizure in over 25 years, it's not something that can be gotten over.

The only thing you can do for someone having a grand mal seizure (I assume that's what you're talking about - "Grand Mal" seizures are the uncontrollable shaking and loss of bodily functions), is get everything and everyone out of their way until the seizure has run it's course. The WORST thing you can possibly do is try to restrain or stop the seizure - there are cases of people breaking bones and getting severely hurt because someone tried to restrain them during a seizure. If you can, shove a pillow or something soft underneath their head so they don't smash their head and hurt themselves.

After the seizure is done, they will be really physically weak, and will need assistance moving and walking. Bring them to professional medical attention immediately (you don't know WHY they are having a seizure). They will often be emotionally mortified, so be very kind and gentle with them.
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Date:May 25th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Responding to seizures

I realized as I watched this man come to that, even though he had no control over himself, even though there was nothing to be ashamed of, I would feel absolutely mortified if it ever happened to me.

It was strange to watch this man, to be concerned for him, to know that I did pretty much everything I could (which was very little, and I've found that there is very little one *should* do, as you note), and to know that from his perspective, my concern might look like staring or gawking. Once medical help arrived, I turned away and went back to looking at departure signs.

But I was really thinking that, if it ever did happen to me, I'd hope I could take that knowledge and say, "I remember that the looks were not disapproving. I remember that people were genuinely worried, even if they didn't do anything."

Whether I think that or not if/when it does happen, hopefully the thought in the back of my mind will help some.

It's strange what we humans get embarassed over, but it's the same for all of us.

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