This morning while I was in half awake/half sleepland I noticed the bed shaking a little. I sat straight up and panicked because I thought maybe my husband was having a seizure or something. He wasn't, just scratching his belly apparently, but it scared me and prompted me to look up what to do if something like that (a seizure, not the belly scratching) happens. So I share this with you:
What to do if someone is having a seizure:
- Loosen clothing around the person's neck.
- Do not try to hold the person down or restrain him or her, this can result in injury.
- Do not insert any objects in the person's mouth; this can also cause injury.
- Reassure bystanders who may be panicking and ask them to give the person room.
- Remove sharp objects (glasses, furniture, and other objects) from around the person to prevent injury.
- After the seizure, it is helpful to lay the person on his or her side to maintain an open airway and prevent the person from inhaling any secretions.
- After many seizures, there may be confusion for a period of time and the person should not be left alone.
- In many cases, especially if the person is known to have epilepsy, it is not necessary to call an ambulance. If the seizure lasts longer than five minutes, or if another seizure begins soon after the first, or if the person cannot be awakened after the movements have stopped, an ambulance should be called. If you are concerned that something else may be wrong, or the person has another medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you should contact a doctor immediately.
It also got me thinking about other emergencies that I "sort of" know how to react to. One thing that scares me is choking. Especially when I have children. I looked it up and found an in depth article, complete with visuals, that can be found on WebMD. Click Here to read.
I would encourage everyone to freshen up on their first-aid training. the firstaid.webmd site is really helpful. It talks about Burns, Poisoning, and Dealing with Emergencies. You never know what could happen tomorrow, so it is always best to be prepared. I think I'm going to go home today and get a small 72 hour kit together that I can put right under my bed in case I need to grab it really fast someday.