"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
   Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sleep Study / EEG

Luella has had poor sleep since last spring. She can be awake anywhere from 1 to 6 hours during the night. She averages about 2 hours awake each night and we decided it was time to see a sleep specialist. We arrived at Gillette Children's on Tuesday night around 6:30. It was fun to get there after dark and see all the Christmas lights. Luella thought they were so pretty! We got all checked in and they took us down to the sleep lab area. Luella had a nice cozy little room and everything was done right in there - hooking up all the wires, etc... Cindy and Lili got to work and started getting Luella all hooked up. Luella didn't really mind until things started getting stuck on her neck and face. I had to try and keep her hands down so she didn't start peeling things off. Mostly she was very content watching TV while the nurses did their thing. It was really nice that they didn't have to glue the leads on for the EEG. They used a special paste but not actually a glue - it was a breeze to take off the next morning and super easy to wash out!

Lots of wires!
After getting all hooked up we had a little time before getting settled into bed. When it was time, Luella was given some melatonin to help get her sleepy. We read a few books and I felt a little girl getting very relaxed. We had her laying down by 9:15. Only one of us could stay in the room with her since it was a small room. Jim decided he should stay with her since Luella would be more inclined to want me if I was right there beside her. I said my goodnights and headed to my room. At 10:00 Jim sent me a message saying Luella was still awake! :( I was hoping she was going to be right out when I left. Fortunately after one more trip to the potty she did settle down and was asleep by 10:15.

We both suspected that Luella would not sleep well being all hooked up to 30 some wires but she surprised us by having one her best nights of sleep... EVER! We use a sleep app on a smart phone at home to measure the percentage of Luella's deep sleep each night. At home she averages less than 40%. Last night during the sleep study it was at 82%!! What a little stinker! We have NEVER seen anything higher than 50%. Luella did have one brief awake time around 4:30 and then they came in to end the sleep study at 6:00. Luella was very happy to get all of the wires unhooked! It was so easy to wash her hair. She loved that I could lower the shower to just her height! She didn't want to get out! :-)

While it was unfortunate that the doctor could not see Luella's normal sleep pattern, we had a nice conversation with him and he has a great plan for helping us get Luella sleeping better. It was nice seeing a sleep specialist at Gillette since he has seen several Dravet patients and knows what we are dealing with. He was even a speaker at the Dravet conference four years ago!

The EEG portion of Luella's study will be reviewed by her neurologist and we will talk about it in a few weeks when we go back for a routine neurology appointment. We will also see an orthopedic doctor then and check back with the sleep specialist too.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I think all those prayers made Luella sleep too well!! Maybe we need to ask for those prayers EVERY night!! :-)

Below are a few more pictures...

Getting things started.

Adding more leads for the EEG.

Wires from head to toes!

All ready for bed!

Tucked in and ready for sleep!

Not thrilled with a 6am wake up call but not complaining since all the "stuff" was coming off!

Some wild hair!

So glad to be free of all the wires!

Celebrating with a donut with sprinkles!!

1 comment:

  1. She's so sweet! Glad you got that study done. What a great opportunity.
    I hope things improve for you :)