So something really cool happened at work. See down there where the red arrow is pointing?
That links to this small article that I posted on our company’s Individuals With Disabilities site. I gave a quick synopsis of when Abbe and I ran the 2012 Disney Marathon together after she had two grand mal seizures.
The real point of the article was to explain seizure first aid to as many of my co-workers as possible. With the help of the IWD committee head, I got that little link on the front page of TD’s company intranet. That means 25,000 TD employees will hopefully see that, and click on the link to learn something about how to help a family member, friend, co-worker, or customer in the event of a seizure.
I work for a HUGE company, but this made my workplace feel a little bit closer. I really appreciate the attention that a few individuals game me to bring this very important topic to light. The comments on the article have been incredible. From fellow seizure disorder patients in the company to fellow employees that truly appreciated the information. And if you are interested in learning basic seizure first aid yourself, please follow this link to the Epilepsy Foundation.
And here is the original text of the article if you would like to give it a read…
November is National Epilepsy Month
This photo was taken immediately after my wife, Abbe Meck and I finished the Disney Marathon in January 2012. What you can’t see in this photo is Abbe’s tongue which was badly bitten from having two grand mal seizures 36 hours prior to the marathon.
You may notice that I am holding two medals in my hand and she has one. The second medal is given to Goofy Challenge finishers. I had run a half and full marathon on consecutive days. Abbe was supposed to have two medals as well, but after hitting her head during her second seizure the day prior to the half, she was not cleared to run. Miraculously, she was cleared by the doctors in the ER to run the full marathon the next day.
People often exclaim, “wow, a half and a full on consecutive days?” And I smile and tell them that what Abbe accomplished was 10 times more difficult than my 39.3 miles.
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and I wanted to do my part in spreading awareness about this condition that affects my wife’s life, but absolutely does not define her. How can you help?
Learn Seizure First Aid
Basic seizure first aid: 1) Put something soft under the person’s head and turn him on his side to keep the airway clear. 2) Keep onlookers at a safe distance and help everyone stay calm. 3) Do NOT hold the person down and do NOT put anything in her mouth. Holding a person down can cause injury to you or her, and placing something in her mouth can damage her teeth or worse.
When should I call an ambulance for someone having a seizure?
When you know someone has epilepsy, talk to them about their seizure action or response plan and when an ambulance might be needed. If you don’t know the person’s seizure history, then call for help if the seizure lasts 5 minutes or longer, there are signs of injury, if the person is pregnant, or if the person has repeated seizures.
Helping After a Seizure
After having a seizure, a person may be confused and disoriented. You can help by staying with the person until they’ve physically recovered, keeping the person calm, and asking simple questions like, “Do you know your name?” Be caring and supportive — and ask others to do the same.
The good news is that seizure disorder patients like Abbe are getting the care they need to lead “normal” lives. I am incredibly proud that Abbe is now nearly a year and a half seizure free. After the Disney Marathon in 2012, I went on to run 3 more marathons on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation – most recently Philadelphia 2014.
To learn more about National Epilepsy Awareness Month:
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