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In which I raise some awareness of epilepsy

March 26, 2014

Another angry woman

Today is Purple Day, a day for awareness and fundraising for epilepsy. In the UK alone, there are about 600, 000 people living with epilepsy, myself included, and it’s still a disability which a lot of people don’t understand. This leads to general stigma, but also a fair few fuck-ups from people trying to help.

When someone is having a tonic-clonic seizure, it looks terrifying. I’d always wondered, upon waking up from one of my own seizures, why everyone was running around like headless chickens and practically snogging me in relief. One time, when I was stuck on an overnight stay in hospital, I saw someone else fitting, and I suddenly knew why. It really does look awful.

Fortunately, a lot of the time, it’s not as bad as it looks. Here’s some really useful advice for what to do, which I’m going to repost here because it’s so important…

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  1. John Hargrave. permalink
    March 26, 2014 1:51 pm

    Excellent advice. I think First Aid training should take place in every school, and more adults should be able to access First Aid courses free of charge. Very often people panic and get things wrong, however if they are trained First Aiders the outcome for people will be so much better. A child can easily put an adult into the Recovery position if they have been shown the proper way of doing it.

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