Kieran has an EEG

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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Last modified: March 6th, 2014 by EWCT | Posted in: Your Stories