There was a neurologist from our local children's hospital that followed Sophie's care while we were in-patient. He came by on Thursday to get her complete history and then came by after he read the EEG on Friday. There were also a few residents that came by to get her history. Everyone seemed quite interested in her case and I am more than willing to share the knowledge I have gained over the last 3 years to anyone who is willing to listen.
So the results are...
Sophie's right hemisphere looks healthy and there was NO SPIKING on the right hemisphere!!! There was SOME spiking near the motor cortex on the left hemisphere. SOME is so much better than CONSTANT. It is unknown whether it is truly coming from the motor cortex or tissue surrounding the motor cortex that was disconnected. I am not sure if we will ever know.
A bit of history...
During Sophie's grid surgery, through a burr hole on the right side, a strip of grids were placed to monitor her right hemisphere. They were concerned about her right hemisphere because there was an area of concern that showed up on the PET scan. Her EEGs always showed constant spiking on both hemispheres. And since her EEGs were constantly chaotic, they were unable to tell where her seizures were originating. That is until the subdural grid monitoring. Those results showed spiking on the right hemisphere but no seizures originating from the right hemisphere.
There was a big question going into surgery. Since there was constant spiking on her left motor cortex, we did not know if they were going to remove it, perform the MST on it or leave it alone. After the other areas of her brain were removed, there was no spiking on her motor cortex so they did absolutely nothing to it. Which is amazing considering the amount of spiking there was.
All in all...
I am so incredibly grateful that her right side is normal but a bit surprised about the spiking on the left. Honestly, I really do not know what the expectations were post-op besides controlling any possible break-through seizures with meds. I cannot wait to get Dr. Chugani's thoughts on all of this.
Dr. Chugani should have the recording by Wednesday. I am quite tempted to hop on a plane to Detroit right now and stand by his side (or Dr. Asano) and have them explain to me what they are actually seeing on the screen. If I only had my own personal EEG interpreter. I have read this and I am tempted to buy this or this. Because I have many of Sophie's prior EEGs along with her latest EEG saved on my hard drive. So if any of you white coatless moms or dads have found anything you would recommend, please let me know.
How beautiful does this clean sheet of paper look???
Chilling out with Daddy.
Getting ready to get the markers out with Mommy.
Thanks Aunt Cindy and Aunt Diane for visiting.
This sink height was way too perfect...EEK. We went through 3 outfit changes before I finally figured out to put the tray table in front of it. Though, I initially let her play in it for about 30 minutes. Any chance of getting electrocuted?
Snuggling up with NaNaw.
Having a blast coloring.
A fun visit with Red Robin.