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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