The 24 hour ambulatory EEG as far as I can tell will show if in this 24 hour period I am having seizures or “abnormalities.” After the 24 hours are up there is a return visit to the technician to have the leads removed.
Joe took off the amplifier and recorder first and then started on the leads. The wires were first disconnected and then he used a solvent and a wash cloth to scrub away the glue. This really was the worst part. The glue sticks really well and to get it off required some muscle. After that was done I went home and took a shower. Shampoo promised to remove any glue that got left behind. Once I put the shampoo on my scalp I could feel a few spots where It seems I lost some skin and like cleaning any open wound it stung like crazy. My hair is short right now and still it was difficult to get all of the glue out. I ended up using a barbers comb. the fine toothed end. to brush the remaining bits out.
If my son were to receive a 24 hour EEG I would probably just shave his head for the experience to make it as easy as possible on all parties involved. The short of it is that the EEG is a relatively easy procedure considering some of the things doctors like to put us through in the name of science.
Having completed all of my neurological testing I was a tad bit nervous for this particular follow up appointment. my mom did die of brain cancer after all. but yet again all of the testing came back negative. The neurologist. like so many others. had nothing for me except for the advisement to go back to the cardio for a tilt table test.
Not having seizures or some sort of tumor is a huge relief. don’t get me wrong. but there does come a point where you almost want the doctor to come back and tell you what is wrong and what he or she is going to do about it. Having been loosing consciousness for 14 years now with no rhyme or reason is really getting old. especially now that I have two kids to look after and who I would rather not pass out in front of.
I have this belief that essentially as human beings we are all exactly the same. that we are all capable of exactly the same things. However it is which of those “things” that are triggered in us which makes us unique individuals. For example I believe every one of us has what I will call the “art gene or genes” within us but only some of us have that “art gene” turned on. The point is that I believe there has to be an organic reason to why I pass out because most people do not. Yet at this point I am still left with no medical explaination and an enormous amount of anxiety over when it will happen again. For now I will take this mixture of relief and disappointment and move onto the next doctor. the next test. and hope that one day this issue can be resolved. Fingers crossed.