Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shelby Got Her Brain Tested...She Still Has One

My oldest may be 19 years old but she still wants her mommy at times. One of those times was when I went with her almost a month ago to get an EEG. Since she's legally an adult there's nothing I could do except be there for moral support.

Shelby's been having episodes of fainting and blackouts. The doctor suggested an EEG so we drove almost two hours away to get her tested. For those unfamiliar with what an EEG does, it's a recording of electrical brain activity. It's a very painless procedure and the whole thing from beginning to end lasts about ninety minutes.

Shelby had to stay up 24 hours prior to the EEG so I was the one who drove during the trip. The hospital staff was super friendly and answered all questions we had. The first step the specialist did was measure Shelby's head and mark precise places with a blue marker. Next he had her lie in the bed and used a gel to place the electrical nodes on her head. Shelby said it was like getting a bunch of noogies. Next Shelby had to fall asleep for a short period of time while they recorded her brain activity. Once she woke up, she was subjected to staring into a strobe light for a few minutes and then breathing fast to make herself hyperventilate. The electrodes were then taken off and she was set to go.

They say that no news is good news and I guess that was the case because it took a few weeks to get her readings back. On the plus side, nothing was found wrong with her brain. Her thinker works just fine. On the down side, we still don't know what's wrong with her.

4 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

They say no news is good news, but it's still difficult to wait. You have to figure, though, that if there was something there, they would have called her back right away.

Masshole Mommy said...

They say no news is good news, but it's still difficult to wait. You have to figure, though, that if there was something there, they would have called her back right away.

Yona Williams said...

Glad to hear that your daughter's brain is A-OK. I have had odd fainting spells in the past. They used to happen at least once a year, but I haven't had one in awhile. I would knew when it was going to happen. I would feel this rush in my face and tingling feeling. I do believe I have a few triggers, such as heat, blinking lights, and the smell of smoke. If I sit down and concentrate really hard on relaxing, the feeling will pass. If I don't, I fall straight down to the ground and come back to in less than a minute. I have no clue why it exactly happened. The first time it ever occurred, I was in high school and I was showing my parent's some rash on my arm, and I fell out (I did not know at the time it was going to happen). The second time I was standing outside while my tennis coach was explaining something to us. I started to feel 'funny' so I remember backing up to reach the fence and maybe lean against it. The next thing I know, I was on my back and the whole tennis team was in my face.

alissa apel said...

That's too bad you still don't know what's wrong!

Isaak had to get one of those when he had Meningitis @ 2 months. He was raising his arms a lot like babies do when they are startled. Well the poor little guy didn't feel well. They thought maybe he was having seizures. He wasn't. Luckily all ended up ok. He has no brain damage, and no hearing loss. Both can happen with Meningitis.