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Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 1 Video EEG

Hubby and I arrived at the hospital around noon to get this test started.  A video EEG can take from 1-7 days, and I'm hoping for 1 day.  The first thing to do is to get all the wires attached to my head.



This process took a while, and then the technician performed a baseline EEG.  They used strobe-lights and heavy-breathing to see if they could produce any seizures on my charts.  This whole process took an hour.  Then we had to wait for admission to get us to a room.

The Mayo Clinic tells us that an:  "electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using small, flat metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp. Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and are active all the time, even when you're asleep. This activity shows up as wavy lines on an EEGrecording."


We waited there for about 45 minutes, and then were taken to a room.  I was disappointed to find that it wasn't a private room, and I had to share.  I've never been in a hospital without having a private room.  I hope this doesn't turn into a nightmare.  My family tells me that I snore.

Even though I don't have any history of falling, I'll have to be accompanied by a nurse into the bathroom.  For emergency reasons, I also had to have an IV added.  These are some of the unpleasant things about being in the hospital.  But, if I can just get some answers, it will be all worth it.

Now, I'm just waiting and praying for some of these spells to show up and get recorded.  Then, I will be able to get out of here.   

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