Recently, I received a emergency phone call. A few ems buddies and I went on this call. The patient is actually related to me however, I will not say who it is because that would be a violation of the HIPAA laws.
Instead of saying who the actual person is, I will be using the name “Jerry”.
Jerry had a seizure but by the time we got there, he was sitting up. Jerry seemed somewhat okay but he had a blank stare. He was feeling weak too. The EMTs quickly did an assessment. They put a NRB on him with O2 at probably around 15L. Then, they put him in a stair chair and took him out of the house. We then got him onto the stretcher and then loaded him into the back of the ambulance. By the time we got to the hospital, Jerry was feeling better. All the feelings of sadness, worries and fear got to me because Jerry is someone that I know. A few hours later, Jerry told me that he could not remember anything from his house or anything from inside the ambulance.
I am going to cut to the chase and just say that this call has been possibly one of the most scariest, craziest yet good call ever. It is good because everything went so smoothly and there were not that many troubles. It was scary and crazy because it was all happening way too fast and it was unexpected as well. Anyways, Jerry has a history of Epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a neurological brain disorder that can be not so bad to life-threatening. Someone diagnosed with Epilepsy can be affected in many ways. Epileptic seizures vary depending on the person. There are many different kinds of epileptic seizures. Here are a few types of epileptic seizures….
Types of Epileptic Seizures:
Petit Mal - Also known as, Absence Seizure. This type of seizure is when one has brief episodes of blank staring. During petit mal, the person’s ability to be aware of things and respond is absent. People who have petit mal seizures are usually do not know that they are having a seizure. Whenever someone seems to be having a petit mal seizure, the best thing you can do is move them away from harm/danger and stay with them until they are responsive and alert. It would not hurt to contact the person’s relatives, friends or anyone that is his or her guardian.
Myoclonic Seizures - This type of seizure is brief. A muscle or a group of muscles will jerk like as if it has been shocked. It can look like a jerking or a twitching. This type of seizure usually causes abnormal movements on both sides of the body all at once.
Whenever you see someone having a seizure, do not leave them. You should keep an eye on them. If they are having blank stares, guide them away from harm or danger. If someone is having seizures where their whole body is jerking, try to keep them on their sides so that they do not choke on their saliva. You should also monitor their airway and do not force anything in their mouth, ever. If you can get your hands on oxygen, you can administer them oxygen. When it comes to a patient or person that is seizing, there is not much you can do except keeping an eye on them, keeping them away from harm, and keeping them on their sides so that they do not choke on their saliva. Or, if worse comes to worst, just call for an ambulance so that they can take care of him/her.
Most patients that are diagnosed with Epilepsy usually are tested by taking EEGs which stands for electroencephalogram. An EEG is a machine that records the electrical activity in your brain. It is somewhat of an annoying process because the wires that they put on your head can be quite uncomfortable. Depending on your neurologist, they may end up making you have to keep the wires on for 24 hours which is a pain in the neck because when you sleep or pretty much do anything that requires movement, you need to be careful because if one of the wires move on your head, you may have to do the 24 hour EEG all over again.
Being diagnosed with Epilepsy can be very difficult depending on who you are. Epilepsy and its seizures all vary depending on the person. You can live a normal life however, if you are a person diagnosed with epilepsy, you should always have someone that can take care of you and watch out for you whenever you go into an epileptic seizure.
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