Have you witnessed someone having a seizure? If yes, then I assume it has been in-person. You see signs such as they have fallen or are unresponsive. During such an incident you're there to help guide them through the seizure, or yell out to someone, "call 911."
Times have changed due to the virus. Today, we are doing more on-line meetings and screen apps on phones and computers. Here is the new scenario. You are on the phone or in ZOOM meeting and notice something is not right with the person on the other end.
The person may have dropped their device or gone off the screen.
Did you notice something wrong with that person prior?
⚡️Did the person not respond to a prompt?
⚡️Did the person quietly drift off-screen slowly?
⚡️Did the person start to jerk around?
These sometimes-subtle behaviors could be signs of a seizure.
Be prepared to help any way you can. But, you cannot yell at that person. They won't respond. And if they are wearing headphones, those around them won't hear your calls for help.
What you do next could save their life. Your quick actions can be just as essential as if you were right there in the room.
What to do:
If a person is with you, have them contact help by calling someone that may be in the room or building with the seizure victim. "I was just on screen with Sam, and something is not right, please check right away." Then stay on the line with the seizure victim until help arrives.
What if you do not have anyone's contact information to alert their caregiver or co-worker?
⏰ Start timing the seizure. Note how many minutes have passed since they were not responsive.
📞📱Stay on the phone. Generally speaking, most people with seizure disorders do come out of them on their own.
However, if it's lasting, more than three minutes, no one is in the victim’s vicinity and you do not see the person recover call 911 and give them all the information you know about the person that is having the seizure. They have technology that can pinpoint the location from a phone number.
A few tips like these are critical for someone who suffers from seizures, diabetic shock, strokes or any neurological episodes. You taking the extra precautions like these above could mean life or death.
Thank you for reading.
Joni Brown writes about her life raising her daughter that lives with PCDH-19 epilepsy, autism, anxiety and OCD.