Hi! My name is Kieran and I have epilepsy.
Today I am at the hospital with my mum because I am going to have an EEG.
I am so tired because I went to bed really late. I need to be sleepy for a good EEG recording.
Shh! You will have to be quiet when I am having my EEG. I need to be able to relax and close my eyes and sleep.
I get to sit, and sometimes I lie down, in this really comfy chair.
Electrodes are put on my head with sticky gel.
The electrodes are attached to a machine that records my brain waves. I don’t feel anything. I am just so sleepy and relaxed.
The lights will dim soon.
I am asked to breathe in and out quickly.
Can you see that my brain waves are being recorded?
During my EEG I have an Absence seizure. This is recorded too.
The seizure only lasts a few seconds.
Bright light is flashed into my eyes to see if I would have another seizure. I don’t have one this time.
After an hour of relaxing in the chair, the electrodes are removed from my head and I am able to go home for a rest.
My doctor will have a look at my EEG results. In the meantime, I will enjoy all the good things in my life like playing soccer, basketball, and karate, and meeting up with my friends.
Epilepsy is only a small part of who I am.
I hope that you enjoyed reading my story.
Special thanks go to Kieran for sharing his story.
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