March 23rd, 2012

Epilepsy and Joining the Police (England, 1910s)

Does anyone know whether having epilepsy would disqualify you from joining the police, roughly around 1916? I know it does these days, and I know it would have got my character disqualified from joining the Army back then, so it seems logical to assume that it was also a bar to being a policeman, but I would like to know for sure. If it is a bar, how plausible is it that he could conceal his condition, if he has the help of a doctor friend to write him a statement of health? 

I've tried googling: 'police recruitment requirements 1910s', 'joining the police with epilepsy 1910s', substituting 'world war 1' for '1910s', and searching for 'epilepsy' on the Metropolitan Police's website, but that only turns up modern policies and crimes from the 1910s with epileptic victims/criminals.


Hypoglycemic Seizure: Duration & Paramedic Response

Search terms used: hypoglycemic seizure duration, emergency response hypoglycemic seizure, emt response hypocglycemic seizure, emergency response non-epileptic seizure

Setting: present day

My character is a middle aged man in Canada in the present day. In the scene I'm trying to write right now, he's experiencing a hypoglycemic seizure for the first time, and his wife will be calling for the paramedics. He is not diabetic, so that wouldn't come to mind for her, but she has noticed a major change in his eating habits.

Question #1: Most of what I've found about this type of seizure talks about stopping it by introducing glucose into the body. Do all hypoglycemic seizures continue until the blood sugar level is raised, or do they stop on their own eventually, either completely or briefly before recurring?

Question #2: What sort of questions would the paramedics be asking to determine what's happening? Once it's been made clear that he doesn't have a seizure disorder and hasn't recently changed/stopped medications, would the possibility of it being a hypoglycemic seizure be the option they would be attempting to rule out, or would they ask other things? Once the wife says that he isn't diabetic, would they ask other questions, or would they move on to another seizure cause and miss the hypoglycemia altogether? I don't want to kill this character, so obviously they need to figure it out in a timely manner.