Thursday, April 23, 2009

What an EEG looks like…

This morning we had Elijah's EEG and it went well.

Elijah was able to fall asleep while lying on my lap and he woke up without doing anything suspicious. I was half hoping that Elijah would do some startles while waking up. Of course, we certainly don't want Elijah to do any odd behavior, but catching suspicious behavior during an EEG would be the only way to know for sure if they are or are not seizures. Either way, I guess they can tell based on his brain waves if anything strange is happening during the waking up cycle. We should get a call within a few days (we expect to hear something early next week) after our doc reviews the EEG and the video taken during the test. We really don't anticipate any bad news and hopefully, this test will put our minds at ease that Elijah hasn't had any seizures since those first few days after birth.
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We did ask the lady who performed the EEG if she could tell us anything and she said she couldn't. One thing she did say was that Elijah will always have an abnormal EEG. His abnormal is normal. "What does that mean?" I asked. She compared it to if you got hurt anywhere, you may heal, but you'll have scar tissue and your body won't be exactly the same as it was before. So, I guess Elijah's brain waves have the equivalent of scars and wouldn't look the same as most people's brain waves.


Ellen Seidman said...

Hi. The photos bring back memories, Max had an EEG at six months old. His was clean, I hope Elijah's is, too.

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