Last month we discussed how the unknown and the unseen of heart conditions can be frightening for all family members, including the one with the health issue. Helping a person who has epilepsy or seizures can be just as frightening! Our bodies need brains as well as hearts to live!
And, like heart disease but unlike someone who has an amputation, there is no visible evidence to others of the illness. Who would know that celebrities such as Prince, Susan Boyle or even football player Jason Snelling has seizures?
Today there is much better medical understanding and new treatments for people who have seizures. Making sure that your loved one keeps to his or her medical schedule is something very important that you do.
If the seizures are not yet well controlled, there are several things you can do as part of being the best caregiver you can be. As you pay attention to external things that are in your control and can make a difference, it will ease your stress and that of your other family members.
An easy thing is for your family to have a rule to respect each other's privacy and not use the locks on doors within your home. That way, if the person has a seizure, there is always access and no worries about breaking down a door to get to your loved one.
Then, for any family member, even a younger sibling, who may be likely to fall, if the furniture in your home has a sharp edge, pad the corner. This will prevent a serious cut if someone falls into that sharp corner.
Lastly, when you and your family member who has seizures participates in activities outside, use the buddy system. This is especially true when swimming is involved or even any other activity such as a hike. That way, should a seizure occur, the person is not alone and you are equipped to make sure any possible injury - or drowning - is avoided.
Preventing injuries and complications by using precautions is important for all types of health conditions. Remember, you are free to call the AACY office (561.391.7401) to speak with a member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s).