The Truth about Epilepsy

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By Jeramie L Bizzle


It is a normal day at Triton College, students gather to stand in line to meet with a counselor about registering for the next semesters. As a student it speaking to a person at the desk, he starts having a seizure in the middle of the hallway. Everyone panics as they look on as the person suffers.

“That kinda freaked me out and brought back bad memories of my dad.  As I looked away, he almost fell on top of me. I reached in my pocket to get my phone to call 911 but someone beat me to it.” said Tina Fajardo, Triton College Student.

According to the Epilepsy Foundations website “A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life.”

Eric Schiffert, 35, works in the P Building of the college said that his epilepsy occurred from an accident in which he hit his head on the door by the TCSA office by the student life area. He also explains how that accident changed is life.

“Unlike those who have it, mine occurs in all four quadrants of the brain, I can’t drive because it is too dangerous like what if I have a seizure while I am driving. When I have one, I black out, I was there at the welcome desk and when I came too, I am in the hospital.” Schiffert said.

Schiffert also said that he’s staying with his mother to help assist her and she does the same for him.

Those who have epilepsy or suffer from seizures exhibit general symptoms including, loss of breath, rhythmic movements with legs and arms, urination and confusion afterwards.

On May 14, The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and Triton College Health Services hosted a workshop on campus, to educate students about the signs and symptoms of epilepsy.  A Power Point presentation was provided regarding first aid for seizures. Literature was available for participants to take with them.

Natalie Yorty B.S.N., R.N. of Health Services said that any student who is interested in learning about epilepsy is more than welcome to stop by and get information.

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