Monday, July 27, 2009
We're not sure exactly when the neurologist is going to do this test, but this is the next scary test staring at us in the face. We really need lots of prayer for this. If you are not aware of this situation an EEG measures brain waves for an extended period of time. During Karsie's birth, when all of the complications and blood loss occurred, Karsie lost a lot of blood to her brain. From everything that we have been seeing, there are good signs pointing to the fact that her brain did not take a huge hit, but it did take a hit. Last week the EEG measured something called burst suppression. This is where during the EEG her waves measure a lot of activity for a short time followed by a much-less-than-average activity for a short time. This was a sign that her brain took a hit and could be a reading of many severe complications. However, this could also just be a sign that it was Karsie's first week of life and she had undergone major trauma. In any case, the doctor has planned to do another test early this week (we're not sure if surgery will push it back) to test it again. If it reads "normal" or at least that it is beginning to improve, it looks as though Karsie is out of the woods for any long-term brain damage. However, if it reads a burst suppression again, we are in for a long, emotional journey with her brain development.
Please keep her and the EEG test in your prayers for the next few days if you can. She already is a testament to what prayers can do, and we are hoping for a good outcome for this as well.