My World Was Rocked By A Seizure


AFM Seizure

Have you experienced a seizure? Up until last week, I had not but I had heard about them. But Monday afternoon, that changed. Gracie, my youngest, was at school when she had her first one. (Gracie just moved into middle school, so she is not at the same school as I am anymore.) We received the call that Gracie had what they thought was a seizure. My husband left work and went to pick her up from school. He called me, and after I had got the story, I left work as well. I called our doctor’s office who directed us to go straight to the ER. So off we went. On the way to the ER, I called her school to see what happened so I could answer the Doctor’s questions in the ER. Her teacher told me that she had asked to go to the bathroom, but according to Gracie her legs felt numb, and her vision was blurred. As she went to get up to go, her head started shaking and as her teacher described it- she went down in slow motion to the floor. After she had come to, she asked to go to the bathroom again. Her teacher said okay, but I will go with you. Once out in the hallway, it happened again. That is when my husband and I were called.

So onto the ER, she was given a battery of tests: CAT scan, EKG, blood and urine as well as being examined by the doctor. It was diagnosed as a seizure. We had a follow-up appointment with her doctor. She was told to take it easy and no PE until she sees the neurologist. We have an ASAP referral to a neurologist. She was home with me all last week. In this time, she had an awful headache, three bloody noses, and blurred vision. As if that wasn’t enough she has been completely exhausted.

Hopefully, we will get answers soon. Beary ( who she hasn’t carried around for awhile) and Allie have not been far from her side. Have you ever experienced seizures or been around someone who has? Here are some tips if you ever are around someone who is having a seizure.

  • Don’t try to hold or strap the person down.
  • Don’t put anything inside the person’s mouth.
  • Don’t move the person unless in danger of getting hurt.
  • Cradle the person’s head in your hands to help protect the head and aid breathing.
  • Don’t perform mouth-to-mouth.
  • If the person is vomiting cradle their head in your hands with the head turned to the side.
  • After a seizure is over, position the person on their left side while recovering.
  • Be aware that most seizure victims will be confused and may need to sleep for a while.

I would love for you to share your experience. This is all new to us. Could use some advice here?

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  1. This is so scary. I hope that your daughter is feeling better. These tips are so helpful, and I am going to print them out to have them just in case it happens to any of my children.

  2. Oh my goodness! As a nurse, I appreciate you spreading the word on how to react if you experience a seizure near you. As a mom, my heart goes out as I cannot imagine how scary this is for all of you. Prayers an answer is found soon.

  3. How scary!Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. My SIL suffers from seizures due to epilepsy and it is quite scary 🙁

  4. This is so terrifying. My son’s best friend started having seizures about a year ago. It was so hard to see him go through so much. And we have been on alert and trained how to help him. Your tips are spot on. I think it is important for everyone to know how to help someone who is having a seizure cause you never know who will get them or when they might happen.

  5. These are great tips! This happened to a boy in high school and I remember wondering what should I do.

  6. My family has a history of epilepsy. I have experienced every type of seizure there is from drop to grand mal, since I was a child. I am experienced in how to react to seizures and how to see the signs that a seizure is coming, when there are any signs to see. It is a scary, scary event to witness and I imagine it is much more devastating to the person suffering.

  7. Very scary for you all! Will be praying you get some answers and everything gets worked out soon!

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