Children and Epilepsy

July 16, 2010

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national voluntary agency dedicated to the welfare of the people with epilepsy and their families, estimates that 300,000 American children under the age of 14 have epilepsy. Epilepsy is a complex neurological condition which affects children at different ages and in different ways. For some, it will be a temporary problem or outgrown after a few years; for others, it may be a lifelong challenge.

One of the toughest challenges that children living with epilepsy have to face is the social impact of their condition. Children are often afraid of the unknown or people that are different, and experiencing a seizure at school in front of their peers can drastically embarrass a child that has epilepsy. They often feel isolated from others and have low self-esteem.

As research toward a cure for epilepsy continues, medical treatment is improving—in children as well as in adults. More anti-epileptic medications are now available, and other options, such as surgery and the ketogenic diet, are also out there.

Awareness Gift Boutique is proud to help raise epilepsy awareness and end the stigma the seizures can cause. Our epilepsy awareness department is full of eye-catching merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, and various gifts. Be sure to keep us in mind for your next epilepsy fundraiser—we offer group discounts for fundraisers, walks, and events!

Below you can find a sample of the many shirts we have to offer.

I Wear Purple For Those Fighting 10 Epilepsy Tshirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

I Wear Purple For Those Fighting 10 Epilepsy Tshirt

I Wear Purple For Those Fighting 10 Epilepsy Tshirt

Epilepsy Faith Matters Cross 1 T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Epilepsy Faith Matters Cross 1 T Shirt

Epilepsy Faith Matters Cross 1 T Shirt

Epilepsy HOPE 4 Tee Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Epilepsy HOPE 4 Tee Shirts

Epilepsy HOPE 4 Tee Shirts

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


What to Do During an Epileptic Seizure

June 18, 2010

What to Do During a Seizure

More than 2 million people in the United States have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological disorders. If you have never witnessed a seizure, you may become very frightened. The following list is comprised of helpful suggestions that you should follow if someone begins having a seizure in your presence:

  • Stay calm.
  • Move things that may be hazardous—such as hard or sharp objects—out of the way so the person who is seizing does not injure themselves.
  • Turn the person to one side so any fluids can drain from their mouth, but do not drag or move the person unless they are in a dangerous area (such as on a busy street.)
  • Put a pillow or something soft under their head so they do not injure their head while seizing.
  • Loosen any tight clothing and remove eyeglasses if necessary.
  • Do not put something into a person’s mouth during a seizure. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot swallow their own tongue. Putting a spoon into their mouth may wind up breaking their teeth or cause them to bite you.
  • Time the seizure. If it lasts more than five minutes, call an ambulance.
  • Realize that it is normal for a person to lose control of their bladder or bowels during a seizure.
  • Once the seizure is over, remain calm and let them know that they are going to be okay. Allow them to rest or sleep — seizures are very tiring.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we respect the bravery of individuals that deal with seizures on a daily basis, and our unique line of Epilepsy Awareness apparel and merchandise features a purple ribbon urging others to stand up and fight for epilepsy. It’s time for a cure.

The following T-shirts are some of our most popular:

Epilepsy’s Purple Ribbon A4 T-shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Epilepsy's Purple Ribbon A4 T-shirt

Epilepsy's Purple Ribbon A4 T-shirt

Awareness 2 Epilepsy Tshirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Awareness 2 Epilepsy Tshirt

Awareness 2 Epilepsy Tshirt

I NEED A CURE 1 EPILEPSY T-Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

I NEED A CURE 1 EPILEPSY T-Shirts

I NEED A CURE 1 EPILEPSY T-Shirts


The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Switching to Generic Medications Can Affect Seizure Control

May 7, 2010

If you take any prescriptions, you’re probably aware that some drugs are only available from one specific manufacturer, while other drugs have generic equivalents available. Once the patent on a name-brand drug expires, generic versions of the drug are released. The FDA claims that FDA-approved generic drugs are identical or within an “acceptable range” of their name-brand counterpart because they contain the same active ingredients as the original.

Medication switching is a big concern for epilepsy patients, many of whom have been taking the same medications for years to control their seizures. Many health insurance companies will not pay for the name brand version of a drug if a generic equivalent is available, and this can cause problems if your medication is switched after you’ve already been taking the name-brand prescription. While the active ingredients are the same and the generic drugs are considered to be equivalent, other properties are different.

Two years ago, I went to pick up my monthly prescriptions and the pharmacist informed me that my prescription co-pay was $15, versus the typical $120 I was used to paying. A generic equivalent of my medication had been released.

I had been seizure-free for over six months, and as soon as I began taking the new generic medication I started having grand-mal seizures again. My neurologist concluded that this had occurred because of the medication switch, and fortunately he was able to inform my insurance company that it was medically necessary for me to take the name-brand prescription. Many people are not so lucky.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we realize the importance or proper healthcare and hope that people who are living with epilepsy or any other disease are able to get the proper care that they need. Our extensive line of Epilepsy Awareness products showcases our desire to spread awareness and educate others.

You may enjoy some of the following Epilepsy Awareness T-shirts:

I Wear Purple For ME 10 Epilepsy Tee Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

I Wear Purple For ME 10 Epilepsy Tee Shirts

I Wear Purple For ME 10 Epilepsy Tee Shirts

or
EPILEPSY Chick Gone Purple T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

EPILEPSY Chick Gone Purple T Shirt

EPILEPSY Chick Gone Purple T Shirt

Thank you for visiting our Epilepsy Awareness Blog, and be sure to check back often for new posts!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Seizure Plans: Create Yours Today

April 9, 2010

More than 3 million people in the United States have epilepsy. If you have epilepsy, creating a seizure plan is a great way to be sure that people in your life can provide help when you need it most.

A seizure plan is a list of information about your epilepsy and a set of instructions on how others can assist you when you’re unable to speak for yourself.

A seizure plan should contain the following information:

  • Your name and any medical conditions you may have, including epilepsy
  • A description of symptoms that may occur when you are having a seizure
  • Instructions on what to do when you are having a seizure
  • Information about when 911 should be called
  • Emergency contacts’ names and phone numbers
  • Your doctor’s name and phone number
  • A list of medications that you take and any allergies that you have

Your seizure plan may include additional information, depending on what you and your doctor decide upon. Make copies of it and distribute it to friends and co-workers or anyone that you spend a lot of time with. This will teach them exactly what to do should you have a seizure in their presence.

Awareness Gift Boutique is comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and we are avid awareness supporters of many causes, including epilepsy. We are pleased to donate regularly to numerous charities and research organizations, and we recently made a contribution to the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you are in need of T-shirts or other merchandise for your next epilepsy fundraiser, please consider some of the following:

the Epilepsy HOPE 3 T shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Epilepsy HOPE 3 T Shirts

Epilepsy HOPE 3 T Shirts

the Epilepsy Warrior Tshirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Epilepsy Warrior Tshirt

Epilepsy Warrior Tshirt

and the

I Wear Purple For My Daughter 10 Epilepsy Tshirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

I Wear Purple For My Daughter 10 Epilepsy Tshirts

I Wear Purple For My Daughter 10 Epilepsy Tshirts

Be sure to view our other Epilepsy Awareness products and visit our information page regarding Fundraisers, Team and Group Shirts! We offer Custom Designs For Fundraising Walks and Events!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


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