Helping an epileptic

Corsham, England
August 22, 2016 5:44pm CST
Today I met someone who told me she was an epileptic and had been since the age of 7 years old. She said her seizures were frequent and that her whole family, including her children aged 9 and 11, knew what to do should she suddenly have one. They were an amazing little family and it got me wondering whether I would know what to do if someone had a fit in my presence and I'm not sure I would so I'm going to look it up as I would hate to feel useless in a situation like this. Would you know what to do if someone had a seizure and you were the only one around?
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@jaboUK (50081)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 16
I've only ever seen one person have an epileptic fit and that was when I was at school a zillion years ago. I wouldn't know what to do either.
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• Corsham, England
23 Aug 16
My sister's partner is a serious epileptic and she has dealt with it for years but I was never around when he had a fit
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@Happy2BeMe (66586)
• Canada
22 Aug 16
I took a first aid course and that was one of the thingstrangest that we learned. I know what to do I just don't know if I could handle it without panicking.
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• Corsham, England
23 Aug 16
I often think that. Would I panic and not be able to cope? That would make me feel horrible.
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@Happy2BeMe (66586)
• Canada
23 Aug 16
@sprite1950 Me too. I am usually not good in an emergency situation.
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• Corsham, England
23 Aug 16
@Happy2BeMe l think it would depend on who it was. I would probably fall to pieces if it was a loved one
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@ilocosboy (31654)
• Philippines
22 Aug 16
That is an amazing family to help her, unfortunately I don't know what to do when someone have a seizure.
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• Corsham, England
22 Aug 16
I don't either so I'm going to look it up. I would hate to stand there and not know what to do.
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@ilocosboy (31654)
• Philippines
22 Aug 16
@sprite1950 so I guess we need to have some research
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• Mumbai, India
23 Aug 16
we need research to find out
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• Corsham, England
23 Aug 16
We do. Its something that could really help a person
@TRBRocks420 (60733)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Aug 16
The only thing I would know is to try to keep them from hurting themselves and, call 911.
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• Corsham, England
23 Aug 16
Yes I think most people only have a basic knowledge
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• Bournemouth, England
22 Aug 16
No, I wouldn't. I last took a first aid course when I was a 12 year-old Boy Scout. There are so many situations that we should know how to deal with.
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• Corsham, England
22 Aug 16
I've done first aid courses but it never covered this. I feel like I want to know how to help though
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