We finally met with the neurologist. After all is said and done, we’re not really sure we ever want to know if there is another EEG test. It creates too much anxiety and from what we can tell is not exactly an exact measurement of what we need. I’m sure much more educated people on the matter would disagree with me, but we have made peace with the unknown at this point.
Her reading came back improved. We were able to get a printout of both last week’s EEG and this week’s, so we have more information to go on. Last week she had something called burst suppression. This is exactly what is sounds like. She has moments of bursts (think of the readings during an earthquake) and moments of suppressed brain activity, where the waves are lower than normal. Her measurements were 10-15 seconds of suppression (where there wasn’t much happening) and 1-6 seconds of bursts (where a lot was happening).
This week the neurologist said was not burst suppression. She had still 1-3 seconds of bursts and this time 3-5 seconds of “relative” suppression. This is improvement in two ways. First of all, the intervals of suppression are lower. Secondly, the suppression is relative, so we think that means the waves were stronger.
The neurologist still said he’s optimistic (he was a different doctor this time) which we are content with leaving it at that for the time being. The biggest indicators are going to be what she is telling us and so far she is telling us that she is tough and reactive. Other than that, ignorance is bliss.