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How to Help Someone Having a Seizure

Today for the #ThrowbackThursday Post I am throwing it back to 2013 for a post I wrote about How to Help Someone Having a Seizure after I witnessed someone having a seizure first hand in my Zumba class–it goes to show that you should be prepared at all times for the unexpected.

How to Help Someone Having A Seizure

How to Help Someone Having A Seizure

We interrupt today’s normal Friday Fitness Check-In to discuss a scary situation that occured in my group fitness class yesterday.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

I arrived at my normal thursday afternoon Zumba class and I took a position near the front. Usually I am a front row diva, but today all the spots were taken. We began following the instructor (who is also a mentor to me in the game) and during the fourth song I saw her facial expression change. She is usually super smiley and focused so when I saw her looking in the mirror towards the back of the room with concern I knew something was up.

By the time I looked around there was a woman lying on the floor shaking uncontrollably.

I didn’t know it right away but she was having a seizure.

Immediately two women ran over to her and put her on her side, she was still shaking uncontrollably and her eyes were closed.

I heard a lot of yelling but I couldn’t comprehend any of it. That’s when I ran to the music system and cut it off so we could get directions.

By that time someone had run upstairs to get help and almost all of us were trying to call 911 but because we were in the basement we had shotty service.

Finally, management came down and let us know that the paramedics were on their way. Since we were all standing around her helplessly they told us to go.


The seizure was timed by the nurse and it was around 4 and a half minutes. It took even longer before she could tell us her name and what day it was. She had no clue what happened.

Scariest part? This had never happened to her before. She has no history of seizures.

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Seeing this happen made me super aware of how easily this could happen in my class, in any class, or even to someone sitting next to me on the train.

Having those skilled women in my class gave me a great first hand lesson on how to take proper care of a person having a seizure.

I did some research and found this graphic on how to handle a person who is having a seizure. If you don’t know it already burn it into your brain until you do. You never know when you will need this information and its better to be prepared than sorry.


This is also a really great reminder to make sure your in case of emergency contacts are listed in your phone by indicating (ICE) next to designated contacts. It’s really super important to be CPR certified as well.

Have you ever known someone with/witnessed a seizure? Do you know how to handle it?


Tuesday 1st of March 2016

How frightening! I hope that she's doing better now and knows what caused it. Thanks for sharing these tips. We should all probably know some basic medical care in emergency situations.


Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Nellie, You have no idea how great a find this post is. I have a student in my Zumba class who suffers from seizures. While it hasn't happened in class yet, I'm constantly nervous about if and when it will happen while I'm teaching. This post has helped me tremendously in knowing what to do in the event someone does have a seizure while I'm teaching. Thank you so much for this.


Thursday 18th of February 2016

I would not know and sometimes we pass people by thinking one thing and it's another. Great tips and I know what to look for now.


Thursday 18th of February 2016

That is so scary. My good friend's sister had no history of seizures and started having them monthly years ago. One was while driving! The more dangerous one was while she was in her classroom. Luckily it was after school because she cracked her head open. Terribly scary. She's ok now.

Janine Huldie

Thursday 18th of February 2016

That does sound very scary and admit I probably wouldn't have known what to do either to be honest. So do appreciate you sharing how to go about handling if someone does happen to have a seizure how to go about helping them.