Archive - July 28, 2011

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EEGee
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Brain Waving

EEGee

  With a relatively sleepless night under our belts, we headed to today’s early morning EEG appointment. The nurses were appropriately impressed by the dark shadows the little patient was wearing under her eyes like a badge of honour.    Being sufficiently sleep deprived allowed the oral sedative called Chloral Hydrate to take effect quickly. Once fully asleep, the lab technician took head measurements to map crucial attachment points for the leads and started the test. The reading took about thirty minutes.   We watched as brainwaves traveled across the monitor. Some left a smooth, even trail, while some lines were wildly jagged. The sudden flickers made me wonder, “Was that a seizure or an innocent dream?” Maybe we were witnessing memories being relived or new skills being rehearsed before our eyes?   When Avery woke up she offered groggy hugs to mummy and daddy and a raspy “Bank you” to the nurse. We’re home now cuddled in bed watching Dora and getting ready for a well deserved nap. The neurologist will read the results and give us a call.

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Brain Waving

Our beautiful daughter has Epilepsy. I refused to believe it at first, but couldn’t dispute that the squiggly lines on the electroencephalography monitor were indicative of a life threatening seizure disorder. After a year of tweaking her meds, we were thankfully able to control her seizures and Avery has been footloose and (nearly) seizure free for over a year now. Though she still has the occasional absence seizure, the BIG ONES seems to be a distant memory.   So as pediatric neurology dictates, Avery goes into hospital as an outpatient for an EEG to get a look at what’s going on in her little blonde head.   Patients must remain still and be completely relaxed for this test. Um, this patient is five and a little monkey; hence the fact that she will need to be sedated. Can they sedate me too ’cause every time she goes under I want to barf. If you ask me, there’s nothing “general” about general anesthesia. There are risks and the possibility of very real complications…especially with a medically complicated child like ours.    Alas, in order to get a proper reading she needs to be asleep. She also needs to be sleep deprived[…]

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