Thursday, January 22, 2009
Without a doubt seizures are probably one of my greatest fears. They are scary things - very scary. Our doctor doesn't think that Bennett has an increased risk of having seizures. However, it is still something that I've worried about and I find that I'm always watching Bennett closely to see if I can detect any sign of seizure activity.
Within the last few months I have noticed that every once in a while Bennett will stare off for a while. It never lasts longer than a few seconds. Sometimes I call his name and he'll turn right away, sometimes it takes a couple seconds. These stares are not accompanied by anything else (ex. tics, lip smacking, twitches). It's just him gazing.
I want to be sure they aren't absence seizures so I mentioned the situation to our doctor who proceeded to order an EEG. That's what we did today. Kara had prepared me for what would happen. It took about an hour. It took about 1/2 hour to measure and mark his head and attach the electrodes. He is supposed to stay as still as possible and in order to prevent him from ripping the pads from his head he was wrapped up tight in that blue contraption you see above. As you can imagine, he just LOVED that! He wasn't happy at all during this procedure and was quite vocal about it. However, by the time the technician removed the electrodes he was back to his happy self. He did show his displeasure with Jim and I though when we left the hospital. He quickly grabbed Grandpa's hand and pretty much ignored us for a while. I can't say I blame him.
Now we wait anxiously for the results. The technician told us it would take about a week. I'll let you know what happens.