Seizure First Aid

In my Memories on Facebook, I had been in neurology for having seizures precisely two years ago, albeit mine are nowhere near as violent as Rob's yesterday. At that time, I was frustrated that no one knew how to help me, so I took seizure first aid classes to teach people around me how to respond if something happened. I admit that even with my experience, I was still initially shocked as I began watching Rob's body contorting; it's the mind's fight or flight response kicking into gear. I began deep breathing exercises to control the adrenaline rush that was making me hyperventilate. I knew maintaining composure was necessary to keep Rob and the baby safe. The purpose of my deep breathing was to prevent myself from going into shock and becoming useless in helping Rob. If you can maintain composure, then you have a better opportunity to give directions to helpers or receive guidance from the dispatcher.

I was driving but also observing his symptoms while trying to understand what was happening to him. My brain was going through a checklist of possible scenarios. Nutritional deficiency? He barely eats, so it could be a severe muscle spasm which is also very painful. Then, it all clicked when his eyes dilated, and I knew he was going into a seizure or stroke. I called 911 and followed seizure first aid training step by step. It took several minutes for paramedics to arrive, so those minutes of getting the airway open are vital. Rob had been sitting in the passenger side of the car, and his tongue fell back into his throat, blocking his breathing. I called a teen walking through the parking lot over to help me buddy-drag Rob to the grass. I taught Quinn how to buddy-carry and put a victim in the recovery (fetal) position; this position allows stabilization of blood pressure and opens the airway. I credit training and experience with remaining focused enough to teach a kid how to respond to a seizure crisis in real-time because it seems super weird looking back on it. Wow, thank God for Quinn and that he had zero apprehension to help - that's the type of teenager I want my kids and students to emulate.

Now, I'm hoping each of you will take a moment to watch this seizure first aid video to better prepare yourselves because you never know if you'll be in my position or happen to be the Quinn walking through the parking lot and need to help.

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