Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU): Day 1

     I am going to try and make a post at the end of day each day of our stay here at the Children's Hospital EMU.  As I prepare to post about the busy day, I can't help but think about my mom.  I listened to a recording of a conversation I had with her on May 17, 2015 at around 9:50 am.  Yes, one year ago, Kerstin had had a seizure and was restless the night before (May 16, 2015), my mom was concerned as always and as we talked, she told me that she hoped Kerstin's doctors could find out what was going on with her.  Well mom, it's been a journey and many appointments later, we are here to go through another series of tests and studies to see what's going on.  
People watching at admitting office

Welcome screen on the telly!

     Today, we checked in at noon.  Then it was on to the 10th floor of the Russell building; a very familiar floor.  We've even seen familiar faces.  All too surreal.  I am very thankful that Kerstin is not here because of unexpected surgeries or illnesses.  However, we are here because of the increase in seizure activity Kerstin has been experiencing.  Tonight is the first night of monitoring, she's been placed in her "mummy head-wrap", leads and wiring everywhere.  She is content, comfortable and seems to be relaxed.  Though, for whatever reason, her temp tried to spike a bit, no worries, it has already gone down.  
Lead placement. 

     Not sure what the night will include but an update is on the way tomorrow.  

All wrapped...monitoring in progress. 

More to come...