Hi, I have refractory seizures. I don't experience auras, so I have no warning to SIT DOWN! I wear a helmet to keep my head safe. As we all know, paramedics, ambulance rides and emergency room visits are not only usually not necessary, they're extremely expensive. This costs each of us several thousands of dollars we don't have. Insurance usually won't pay for these services most of the time because they aren't medical emergencies! Onlookers panic and call 911 because they think they're helping. Falling to the ground is not only unsanitary, it can cause unessisary injuries.
I have a better way:
1 ) When someone you know has epilepsy and has has a seizure in a public place the first thing to do is try to keep the patient from falling! This means, if you're at a restaurant, or any place where they're already sitting down, hold their head up and try to keep the back straight. Onlookers won't notice anything is wrong, so they won't call for emergency services.
2) If the patient is standing and you can reach them, try to stand up against the person, so they DON'T FALL! This happens often when at the grocery store. If you can hold the patient against the isle where groceries are stacked in rows, they can be easily held against it w/out injury to yourself. Again, this keeps onlookers from noticing anything is wrong.
3) If the patient does fall, the FIRST thing to do is grab their purse, cell phone, or anything of value that fell. This only takes a second, so it won't take away from the time it takes to help with seizure first aid. It does help prevent theft from others.
Then follow standard seizure first aid protocol.