That was unusual - Journal of Omnifarious
Dec. 6th, 2003
01:08 am - That was unusual
Someone sitting next to me in Aurafice had a grand-mal seizure while playing chess. I moved the table to give him room, and others grabbed my jacket to cushion his head. It was kind of scary to be near, and I was at a loss for what to do. I don't feel my emergency coping skills really showed themselves well today. I was backed into a little corner/alcove which made it a little scarier.
He seems to be OK though. The seizure stopped after 30-120 seconds, and then he was really unresponsive and groggy for a long time. Eventually he was able to stand, though he still wasn't thinking very clearly. The paramedics had to work hard to convince him to go to the hospital.
He may or may not have epilepsy. They weren't able to get a believable answer out of him before he went away. A good friend of his (who also didn't know if he had epilepsy) who he plays chess with a lot went with him.
My jacket now has gum on it. I feel slightly annoyed at the Universe about that, but I'm very glad it was a handy soft thing for people to grab when it was needed. At least it wasn't the leather one.