Managing seizures in public 🏙️
Whether you're living with epilepsy yourself or know someone who is, it's important to be prepared for what to do in case of a seizure while out in public. Lack of warning for seizures and the resulting anxiety can make living with epilepsy incredibly stressful.
However, there are some steps you can take to ensure your safety while you're out and about:
#1 Identify yourself as having epilepsy
Consider wearing a medical ID bracelet or carrying a card that explains your condition and what to do in case of a seizure.
#2 Identify and share your triggers 😖
Even though you may not know when a seizure will happen, you can look at whether there are situations that can provoke your seizures. Common seizure triggers include missed medication, lack of sleep, stress, dehydration, missed meals, menstruation and alcohol. If you know what triggers your seizures, it's important to share your triggers with others so your friends and family better understand, anticipate and respond to your needs.
#3 Have a seizure response plan in place 📋
Work with your doctor to develop a seizure response plan that you can share with family, friends, and coworkers. You can use a seizure detection app to detect seizures and alert your emergency contacts of your location. This plan should include what to do if you have a seizure in public, as well as what to do after a seizure has occurred.
#4 Find a safe place to have a seizure 🛋
If you're in a public place and feel an aura, try to find a safe, quiet place where you can lie down. This can help prevent injury and make it easier for others to help you.
#5 Prepare for the possibility of injury 🤕
Seizures can sometimes result in injury, so it's a good idea to keep a first aid kit handy. This can help you be prepared in case you need to treat any cuts or bruises that may occur during a seizure.
#6 Stay calm and reassured 🧘♂️
If you're with someone who is having a seizure, it's important to stay calm and reassure them. Speak in a calm, soothing voice and let them know that help is on the way.
Living with epilepsy can be challenging, but with the right preparation and support, you can feel confident and safe in any situation. If you or someone you know is living with epilepsy, remember that you're not alone. There are countless resources and support groups available to help you manage your condition and live the life you deserve.
In conclusion, managing seizures in public can be intimidating. Preparation can go a long way to improving your safety and making you feel more confident in any situation.