Head Injury and Seizures

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In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

Epilepsy Talk

Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one.

And help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects.

Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.

Recently some children have been using Ativan or Klonpin tablets or wafers, placed under the tongue for rescue from seizure activity —which is an excellent way to go.

Then there’s Diastat. Traditionally, it’s been the first line of fire in rescue meds for extreme seizures.

It’s available in a gel form that is inserted into the patient’s rectum to stop a cluster of repeated seizures. (It’s absorbed more quickly that way.)

However children, adults and caretakers aren’t too keen about it, and you can understand why.

Now, it’s been made available in a liquid oral form that comes in a syringe and goes right into the cheek of the mouth.

Also, Versed (Midazolam) and Ativan have been approved as…

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Ultra Light Teardrop Camper

Fabulous 50's

Yesterday, I mentioned I went to check out something I’m thinking of buying!  It’s a Little Guy Teardrop Camper!  The manufacturer is located in Massillon, Ohio and they’re built by Amish craftsmen.  You can find a dealer in 35 of the States.

These used to be popular back in the 50’s and have just recently begun to take off again because of the high gas prices.  Weighing in under 1000 lbs., most vehicles, even small cars like my Honda Civic, can tow them!  Although my car is rated to tow 1000 lbs., when you get all of your stuff into one, I’d prefer to be under that weight!

I want to take a road trip…stay for free occasionally in Wal-Mart parking lots…when I’m not staying at campgrounds.  Perhaps through North Carolina to the coast…down to Charleston…Savannah…Destin Beach, Florida…New Orleans and then on down to Florida.  My friends laugh when…

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Epilepsy and Anesthesia

Epilepsy Talk

Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) cause unique considerations for patients with epilepsy because skipping, or even delaying, a single dose, can result in seizures.

Strategies for avoiding or minimizing skipped doses are paramount in the care of patients with epilepsy.

AEDs should be taken early in the morning before surgery, even if you are otherwise not allowed to eat anything.

Patients should be advised to take their AEDs with less than one ounce of water.

The timing of medication administration is more complicated for patients who must take medications with applesauce or similar solids.

In this case, the medication can be administered 6 hours (or as early as possible) before surgery.

However, the subsequent dose must still be given as close to the regular time as possible.

Thus, the risk of seizures if the medication is not given must be weighed against the risk of aspiration if solids are given close to surgery.

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Epilepsy in Movies and TV

Epilepsy Talk

The portrayal of epilepsy and seizures in films and television usually has negative connotations.

In general, they do nothing but reinforce the stigma that is rampant about the condition.

Other the other hand, TV shows and movies have the potential to educate and begin to address genuine issues in a positive fashion, rather than misusing epilepsy to add tension and drama.

The following TV shows and movies all feature characters with epilepsy. Included are the good, the bad and the plain ugly portrayals of epilepsy on screen.

Epilepsy on TV — Soap Operas

Coronation Street (2010)
Weatherfield hairdresser David Platt, played by Jack P. Shepherd, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 after blacking out while driving.

As an ongoing character, he controls his epilepsy with medication but had a seizure in an episode aired in March 2013.

East Enders (2014)
Has received praise last year for featuring an epilepsy storyline.

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