Epilepsy involves a build-up of electric energy in the brain, which can cause a temporary disruption or mix-up in the normal messages that are passing between brain cells. With as many as 40 different types of seizure, ranging from brief absent moments to episodes of losing consciousness and convulsing, each person will experience epilepsy in their own way.
As seizures can happen without warning, when you are on your own and least expect it, an epilepsy bracelet is a good way to inform the first person on the scene if you are disoriented or unable to clearly communicate for yourself.
Help first responders understand that you are having a seizure. As some types of seizures can make you appear disoriented, un-responsive, or unable to communicate, they can sometimes be mistaken for drunk behaviour. Even if your seizure has subsided and you are in a post-ictal state, you can be very vague and foggy -- too exhausted or disoriented to explain to others that you have had a seizure. Your epilepsy bracelet can help ensure that relevant and understanding support is there when you need it.
Explain how you would like to be helped. With so many types of seizure - that vary in severity and how common they are for you - your medical ID can quickly explain how you would like to be helped. You could use it to highlight detailed instructions in your wallet or on your phone, or ask that your family be contacted. Your bracelet could say that it is important it is to alert doctors immediately, or prevent unnecessary hospital admissions if you are best helped to quietly recover.
Avoid wasting precious time exploring the cause of your seizures. There are different causes of seizures (outside of epilepsy), a wide range of lifestyle triggers, as well as different levels of consciousness and responsiveness during and after a seizure. If medical professionals are aware of your condition, they can focus on helping you recover or dealing with the other issues in an emergency -- instead of spending time trying to diagnose your condition.
Keep your epilepsy under control. Regardless of the cause of an emergency, your medical care is more complicated due to your condition. For example, there may be medication that you SHOULD HAVE, or AVOID. And if you take medication to keep seizures under control, it's important that it is maintained if you are unable to speak or care for yourself. Whatever the reason for your medical emergency, staff will be able to provide more considered care if they are aware of your condition.
My Bugle has loads of choices for your epilepsy bracelet ... that ensure that you are noticed for your style, not your medical condition.
Choose an epilepsy medical alert bracelet that you love, and you will get the confidence boost of knowing that you are protected every day.
When choosing what goes on your ID, we think it's important for you to describe your epilepsy or seizure disorder in your own words, focusing on the elements that you feel are important in an emergency. Condition information, an emergency contact, your doctor's details, or information about critical medication are all good choices.
A custom bracelet or necklace gives you the chance to put together a design that really works in your personal life too. What would make you want to wear it everyday? Feature your name as an identification bracelet? Include your catchphrase?
You'll start with a blank design and add the words or picture you want. We would always recommend including a medical symbol to make it easier for medics to spot, but if you prefer something more discrete, you could put your medical information on the back side of the tag. The choice is yours.
Having your name on your epilepsy bracelet or necklace can help first responders communicate with you, or bring you around after a seizure
Including an emergency phone number would help in contacting your family.
Coping with Epilepsy -- Good long discussion about the benefits (and concerns) that people have about wearing a medical bracelet
Epilepsy Action -- member led UK charity, working to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy
Epilepsy Scotland -- national Scottish epilepsy charity, offering information and support for anyone living in Scotland
Epilepsy Society -- charity that works for everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK -- research, awareness info, resources & expert care.
Living well with Epilepsy -- practical advice for anyone who feels like they are suffering from the stigma of talking with other people about their condition
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