#StaySafeSide: Michael’s Basketball Team Learns Seizure First Aid

guys give us a room he’s having a
seizure get me some towels
okay stay calm it’s gonna be fine help me get him on his side alright listen up fellas before we
practice want to go over a couple of things first like to welcome back
Michael good to have you back we all know Michael has epilepsy and he shared his seizure
with us in the game he has something he wants to say yeah um thank you all for
supporting me and thanks to coach for knowing what to do
I’m sorry if my seizures scared you guys it could be scary for me too but what’s
even more scary is if people didn’t know what to do so today we are going to
learn seizure first-aid thanks to the Epilepsy Foundation
we’re teammates right we take care of one another we count on one another and
when anyone with epilepsy has a seizure in front of you
they’re your teammate and they’re counting on you so first stay with him
stay calm and keep others around you calm and out-of-the-way protect him
keep him safe it’s also important to remember that the person having the
seizure should be lying down and that there is nothing harmful in their way
turn them on their side and support their head so that they’re not banging
it and so they don’t choke never put anything in their mouths and do not hold
them down time the seizure till the very end okay knowing how long the seizure
lasts is important information for the doctors to know if the seizure lasts
more than five minutes call 9-1-1 when you see somebody having a seizure you’re
going to feel a little powerless but if you protect them
and if you stick with them by their side you’re doing the right thing okay
alright let’s practice this blue dogs on three one two three


  1. When I was a baby I had a febrile seizure I stopped breathing and turned blue my mom gave me mouth to mouth and by the time the EMTS arrived I stopped seizing. in pre k I would get angry and punch any thing that was in front of me after observing me in a pre k class and talking to the pre k teachers it was suggested that my parents should take me to a therapist to rule out any behavior issues. he took one look at me and said that I was having seizures he then referred me to a neurologist. At the at the age of 5, I was diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy but I have been seizure free since the age of thirteen. And so was taken of meds which caused massive weight gain a hand tremor and memory loss. The point is meds are good up until a point and then it becomes a pill, no pun intended. My triggers are flashing lights, the transition from the out doors to inside a classroom getting too hot and recently sleep deprivation. when i have an absent my pupils will go from normal to pin point that is the only physical sign the eye can lasts My seizures last one second and happened every minute to every minute and a half. So there are 60 seconds in a minute and 24 hours in a day then I was having seizures every 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds so in total I would have 86400 seizures per day with meds. my parents were told to treat me as a normal child and to see how fare I would develop and look at me now I have graduated high school with honors . I am in collage as you can infer I was not expected to do much of what I just mentioned
    The effects of my seizures is that I have Aspie like tendencies due to my epilepsy which I know is difficult to understand to put it in simple terms as a result of my seizures my brain compensated and rewired itself and so I have all of the symptoms of Aspergers but lack any sort of understanding math as a result I have no understanding of money and never really learned my basic math facts.(I am just learning them now in college which for most Aspergers people they are gifted with math abilities ) I also have orthotic issues due to my seizures I also have a processing disorder. I have low gross motor control and other motor issues as well.
    When was 19 my father died, and it seems I have had a relapse if that is possible. I still have my absence seizure but it is not enough to put me on meds . When I was thirteen I had EEG and my seizures showed up as misfired neurons and the Dr. called them "flurries" so here is what my flurries are typically like I will become very spacey i can not interact with my surroundings I also felt locked in to place. I am completely aware my vision becomes like a tunnel and thing start to move or vibrate on there own for me an absent seizure lasts one second with is rare but these flurries can last 5-10 minutes.

  2. wHOA

    You don’t move someone while they’re having the seizure that could hurt them and you

    You turn their head gently to the side during the seizure and then you turn them on their side after the seizure

    The beginning wasn’t very accurate

  3. I didn't know coaches like this exists. Our coach sometimes makes us run until we throw up. But that's what makes us stronger so IT'S GREAT 😄.

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