Not the 26 Leads I Was Looking For!

Now as a Realtor, you can imagine how exciting it is when I get a lead for a listing or a buyer.

Unfortunately, this post is not about those leads.  This is about J-Bean and her tumultuous relationship with the 26 electrodes attached to her head for a 48 hour period!


Before Josephine was diagnosed with Tetrasomy 8p Mosaicism, when Josephine was about 9 months old, we went to the neurologist, Dr. Aviva Bojko, to determine the reason for Josephine’s developmental delays.  Dr. Bojko prescribed an ambulatory EEG and a brain MRI to see what was going on.  Let me tell you…the difference a year makes!

The first time around, applying the electrodes was awful.  Josephine screamed and screamed.  But afterwards, she was fine.  I don’t think she was aware of her surroundings and her body, so it was no big deal.

That is NOT the case at 2 years old!  This time she was wonderful when the leads were applied.  Afterwards, at home…screaming, crying, sleepless nights for the hubby (thanks, Sheldon) and lots of daily frustrations for me.

Thankfully, the EEG was removed this morning and we have our Principessa back.  Granted, she is tired and grumpy.  But I will take that over what happened during the last 2 days ANYTIME!

We will have her results on November 8!  Keep those fingers crossed!

Josephine and the Ambulatory EEG

On the medical side of Tetrasomy 8p (Genetic Disorder)

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Josephine took a trip to the neurologist on July 26.  The neurologist wanted to monitor her brain activity for a 48 hour period.  The process of attaching the 26 electrodes was less than wonderful, both for Josephine and Mom and Dad.

But after the procedure, Josephine became our little cosmonaut (see pictures above)!

No results yet from that test.  Next up is the brain MRI, which is scheduled for August 6.  This is another big test to give us some big answers – does Josephine have a corpus callosum (arched bridge of nervous tissue that connects the two cerebral hemispheres, allowing communication between the right and left sides of the brain) and does she have hydrocephalus  (water on the brain)?

Josephine has been experiencing, what I think to be petit mal seizures – vacant stares for a few seconds and head twitching in repetition of 2-4 movements.

This MRI will give us a better idea of her prognosis.  Every test leads to a new piece of the puzzle.  We may not always get the answers we want to hear, but it’s better to deal with what’s coming head on.  Denial is not our friend at this point.