Epilepsy, like other disorders, can be a burden not only to the ones bearing it but also, to the parents of a child whose only hopes for their children is to live a happy and long life. Caring for a person or a child with epilepsy is no joke, and a constant battle for themselves and no one is to blame for these conditions.
Most parents facing these trials are equipped as they can ever be, but not every circumstance is triumphant. Parents usually adapt to an action plan or strategies during epileptic seizures and are knowledgeable about this condition, but the general public lacks common S.O.P. regarding epilepsy. So, for those who are still oblivious about this disorder, let’s discuss everything there is to know about epilepsy and its common misconceptions…
Epilepsy: The “Seizure Disorder”
Sixty-five million people around the globe are suffering under this condition and is ranked as fourth as the most common neurological disorders according to studies and surveys. People are still ignorant and aloof when asked about their knowledge of epilepsy.
So what is epilepsy, clinically speaking?
It is caused by an abnormal electric activity in the brain. It can be genetic and passed on from one generation to the other, or a head or brain injury can cause it, but remember, not all severe head injuries can cause epilepsy. Some people call it a seizure disorder, as unpredictable and recurrent seizures usually characterize it. It often occurs in males compared to females. There is still no cure for epilepsy, but its recurrence can be managed through prescriptions and an action plan.
There are two types of seizure; the generalized seizure and the focal or partial seizure, the former is associated where the whole brain is affected due to the seizure while the latter is associated with only one part of the brain is concerned. Partial seizure or mild seizure is when a diagnosed person lost awareness for a few seconds and it is harder to recognize while generalized seizure or strong seizures result in uncontrollable twitches and can range from seconds to several minutes. Most reasons for seizure are; high fever, head trauma, and very low blood sugar.
Common Misunderstanding About Epilepsy
DO NOT FORCE THINGS IN A PERSON’S MOUTH DURING SEIZURES. This will cause a chipped tooth, sliced gums or even a broken jaw. This is one of the most common misconceptions when people try to apply first aid to people during seizures. Don’t worry; they will not swallow their tongue, it is not physically possible.
DO NOT STOP SEIZURES WHEN IT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING. Seizures will only last up to minutes. You might end up breaking a bone by restraining a person during a seizure; they will end on their own.
THE FIRST AID YOU ONLY NEED TO APPLY TO A PERSON DURING SEIZURES IS PREVENTING THEM FROM GETTING ANY INJURY. When you see a person having a seizure, roll the person to one side, prevent any injury by protecting the head or parts of the body that might bump into hard objects and check the person’s breathing.
A PERSON WITH EPILEPSY IS NOT PHYSICALLY LIMITED. A person with epilepsy can still carry out responsibilities on their own, just like an average person. They can acquire a job and drive a vehicle. However, frequent seizures may prohibit a person from doing so, for safety measures.
EPILEPSY IS NOT INFECTIOUS. Again, it is somewhat genetic or acquired during head injuries and many other factors. Epilepsy is not contagious.
Preparing your action plan is the best way to manage epilepsy since there is still no cure for it. It is wise to make a list for an emergency contact person in this way, in case of worst case scenarios assistance can contact immediate kin, medicine schedules like setting the alarm to avoid forgetting medicine intake, seizure schedules to keep track thus minimizing the reoccurrence of epilepsy.
Action plan goes best with regular intake of medication. Anti-epileptic drugs to reduce the reoccurrence of seizures. Most physicians give out epilepsy drug coupons to their patients to help them through discounts at the same time advertising the best products.
Ketogenic diet. This may be the least costing ways to manage epilepsy. This is where a person with epilepsy benefit from it by maintaining a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Though, not an assurance in reducing the reoccurrence of seizure, some people with epilepsy attest to this claim.
Disorders just like epilepsy should not hinder oneself in enjoying the magnificence of life. Handling epilepsy with an optimistic mindset is a good way of battling this condition. The disorder will not limit you in attaining a wonderful life; it is the pessimistic view in facing the challenges.