Thursday, September 23, 2010

EEG

I don't even know what those damn letters stand for, but so much of our family's life is hanging on them. 

The EEG measures brain waves, brain activity.

James' first EEG came back with little activity, barely any.  This was to be expected since he was on the cooling pad.

We got the results from the second, post cooling pad EEG today.  There was some activity.

Normally, the more time between the initial injury and the EEGs the more brain activity there is in a baby.  However, we have just as good of a chance that the next EEG (to be done Tuesday or Wednesday) will stay the same - only some activity - as we do that it will improve. 

An MRI will also be done in the next week or so.  This will show how deep the brain damage is.

Because they have taken him off the pain medicine we now know that his muscle tone is very poor and his brain cannot control his muscles the way a normal 1 week old's can.  We also know that his pupils only dilate sometimes.  We also know that his gag reflex is inconsistent. 

I ask you to beg God to heal James' brain damage and restore him to full health.

You've been praying hard for 7 days and we are very grateful.  Let us put our hope in the Lord.

9 comments:

Abigail said...

I'm praying for you!

Jen said...

You are in my thoughts & prayers!

Rachel said...

Still praying for you especially today through the intercession of St. Padre Pio! Sending love & prayers your way!

Lori said...

Bonnie, Oh Bonnie. I am praying for you and will continue to! You are in my thoughts and prayers all day. I have seen miracles happen and I am praying for one for you. Keep your spirits up! The girls and I are going to say an extra prayer tonight for you. You are an amazing mother--hang in there. I am here if you need anything. I am good at cleaning if you need someone :) God Bless. I will call my friend who is a nun and get her motherhouse praying for you all too.

Anonymous said...

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test used to detect abnormalities related to electrical activity of the brain.

I am praying for Sweet baby James and so is my family. Laura A.

Sarah said...

I pray everyday for James and am boldly asking that God completely heal James' body and brain. To God be the glory. I will also continue to pray Psalm 91:15-16 for him.

Sarah Hedman

Babbs2u@aol.com said...

Bonnie, Just wanted to let you know that Buzz and I are praying very hard for James.
Love and prayers to you and yours.

Buzz & Barb Ruggles

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

I have dedicated my rosary every day this week to sweet James and will continue to do so. Thank you for keeping us posted. I am so very sorry that you and your family are going through this.

Karen said...

Rick and I are continuing to pray for you and your family. We pray that God gives you strength to deal with his plans for James. you are constantly in my thoughts and I wish I was close enough to babysit, make meals, or do something physically for you. Karen Handell