What You Need To Know Before Assisting Someone Experiencing A Seizure Episode!
Something strange happened in our school today, Sade said to her mother, as she recounts what happened during the morning assembly.
It was a bright Tuesday morning, the drums rolling and the melodious voices of the student of Vedic secondary school could be heard from quite a distance. They had queued up for their morning assembly and were singing the school anthem when a noise erupted suddenly in the midst of the SS1 student line. Apparently, Segun had collapsed, foaming, and shaking uncontrollably on the ground.
In a state of confusion, Tokunbo, the head boy dashed off to the principal’s office to relay the incident. The principal immediately called for the P.H.E teacher and the School nurse to check the situation of things.
Immediately they both arrived at the scene, they found Segun still shaking. Mrs Onwuso, the P.H.E tutor instantly started making sure the environment was safe by clearing sharp objects around the scene, to prevent injury, and dismissing the students gathered around, to their various classes to give room for fresh air. Then gently she turned Segun onto his side to enable him breath properly. Nurse Bamidele then placed a pillow underneath his head and loosened the tie around his neck to enable him to breathe freely. Gradually, he stopped shaking and regained consciousness. He was then gently moved to the sick bay to rest.
After Segun had gotten some rest, Nurse Bamidele called the students into the Hall to explain what had happened to him. She mentioned that Segun had just experienced a seizure episode and went on to explain that a seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain which causes changes in one’s behavior, movements, or feelings, and in levels of consciousness. She also mentioned that it is not communicable, to prevent any form of stigmatization from the other students.
Then, she stated things to never do while trying to help a person experiencing a Seizure; 1) putting anything into the person’s mouth, as this could injure their teeth or jaw, 2) holding the person down, or restricting their movement. Finally, she told us that the sick person cannot swallow their tongue as opposed to the popular myths.
The principal called Segun’s parent to inform them of what had just happened, and to also notify them that they had contacted The Ambulance Company to assist with monitoring their son’s health while they transferred him to the hospital for further medical check-up.