A seizure is a brief episode of abnormal electrical activity in a person's brain
it's like when your radio goes fuzzy when you go through tunnel
or when you're Televisoin gets funny pictures for a couple
second then returned back to normal there
are many types of seizures
With some seizures a person become very stiff
they pass out your whole life shakes. Some people have seizures may become confused
may have movement that seems silly or don't make sense they might not respond for a couple of minutes.
some people have seizures that are so short that all they do is stare forward for
about 10 seconds and may just flutter their eyes
some people have seizures where very suddenly they become weak and fall to the ground.
Some people have seizures daily
others happen every couple of months and many kids have them every now and then
or never because there are medications to control them.
epilepsy is when a person has two or more seizures from
something other than a head injury or from being very sick.
Having Epilepsy or seizures is nobody's fault.
Sometimes people may have different types of seizures with their Epilepsy
some people with epilepsy may have a reason for their seizures
such as a brain injury when they were born. Or a trauma that may have occurred.
But for most kids with epilepsy we don't know the cause and we assume it was
something they were born with
there are a lot of medical tests for someone who has a seizure or seizure
these tests are important because they help your caregivers keep your body
safe and healthy
One of the most common tests is called an EEG
this measures the electrical wave patterns in our brains
what do you mean we have electricity in her head
everyone has a pattern electrical activity in the brain's to tell their
bodies what to do
An EEG involves meeting one of the nice technicians who will put
Little wires called leads on and around your head
while the technician place the leads you will lie down on a comfortable and watch
your favorite movie for about a half an hour
during this time the technician a measure your head and place
each lead on one by one for longer EEG they may need to use strong smelling glue to
really sticks and won't fall off
after they place the leads. They will then wrap your head in light soft gauze.
now you have a silly hat later we'll ask you to blow on a pinwheel for three minutes
to see how fast you can get it to spin
it's best if you can fall asleep for a little bit
so bring your favorite stuffed animal a blanket or book to help youfall asleep
the last step is a flashing light show all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it
after all of this you caregiver will remove the gauze and the technicians will
use in cold wet liquid to remove the leads
This won't hurt either
and then except for some funky hair you get to leave