Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Epilepsy Awareness
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Epilepsy Awareness

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Sweater:  Ralph Lauren // Booties:  Kensie (Lord and Taylor, last year) // Scarf:  H&M (super old) // Bag:  Burberry // Sunglasses:  Rayban

Last year I did a week of all things purple here on the blog.  November is epilepsy awareness month.  Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain (thanks google!).  Pretty much, your brain likes to short circuit and cause some disturbances which leads to seizures.  There are many different types of epilepsy and different types of seizures.  I’ve even read of some seizures being just blank stares.  Someone can just stare off into space and this is considered a seizure, or you have seizures that are violent convulsions.  I know it can be scary to witness a seizure but you always have to remember to stay calm.  I decided to go on WebMD and find some tips on what to do if you witness someone having a seizure.  I can tell you what the doctor has told me but let’s make sure we have some kind of source to back up these’s tips:
  • Loosen clothing around the person’s neck.
  • Do not try to hold the person down or restrain them.  This can result in injury.
  • Do not insert any objects in the person’s mouth.  This can also cause injury.
  • Reassure concerned bystanders who may be upset and ask them to give the person room.
  • Remove sharp objects from around the person to prevent injury.
  • After the seizure it is helpful to lay the person on their side to maintain an open airway and prevent the person from inhaling any secretions.
  • After a seizure, the person may be confused and should not be left alone.
  • In many cases, especially if the person is known to have epilepsy, it is not necessary to call 911.
  • Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, or if another seizure begins soon after the first, or if the person cannot be awakened after the movements have stopped.

Now that you’ve read about some information, let’s move on to the outfit shall we?  I decided to wear a purple sweater today here on the blog so that I can bring awareness to this condition.  I paired it with black and my favorite, leopard print.  This sweater is so comfortable and warm.  It feels like you’re wearing a big blanket, but the color is so rich and beautiful.  Stay tuned for the link up tomorrow everyone!  

Check out this week's posts!

Also, if you'd like to take a look at the posts from last year just see below!

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  1. I used to think that seizures were all the same and violently convulsive. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that think the same. It wasn't until my doctor had thrown the idea that I could have epilepsy that I started doing research. Thank God I found out I am not epileptic. I also had to do a lot of research on canine epilepsy when Audrey started having seizures. Hers are very different looking and a lot of people probably wouldn't be able to tell that she is having a seizure. As of right now, it seems that her seizures are caused by anxiety and certain ingredients in food and treats. So *knock on wood* the seizures are maintained right now.

  2. I had no idea November is epilepsy awareness month. Thanks for all the tips! Loving that cozy purple sweater on you! So cute!

  3. Thank you so much for writing this and brining awareness. My cousin suffers from epilepsy and my family has had to learn a lot. This will be pretty helpful to people who are affected by the condition.

  4. You look beautiful, Monica! I love you in purple. And I love that you're getting involved with epilepsy awareness. My high school boyfriend and my family's dog both had epilepsy and it's terrible. It's definitely not discussed enough!

    The Closet by Christie

  5. Beautiful cardigan Monica, and what a cool thing to honor awareness.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures


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