Very shortly after returning from yesterday's trip to the Pediatric Clinic, I received a phone call with the times and dates for Nolan's EEG and neurology appointments. Apparently, they really did want to get him into the neurologist quickly-his EEG will be performed this coming Tuesday at Buffalo Children's.
The EEG is sleep-deprived, which means the coffee cart in the lobby had better be stocked and in full operating capacity. We have to put Nolan to bed three hours after his normal bedtime, and wake him two hours before he would normally wake. He can't have more than five hours of sleep altogether, and he cannot nap in the car. We have some experience with this fun trick, as his ABR's in the early days of his hearing loss diagnosis required sleep deprivation. Keeping a very tired toddler awake on a two hour car ride is going to be a difficult feat.
Hopefully he'll nod off to sleep after we stick all the glue and leads into his hair and get the test started. After our abysmal sleep study night, I highly doubt this will happen. Nolan can survive on surprisingly little sleep (to wit: the child doesn't nap and still wakes up for an hour or two every night).
We should have some answers very soon, though I have a feeling the technician will not be allowed to reveal the top secret results of the test to us. For some reason the medical profession likes to keep parents on the edge of their seats, waiting for results (and no, the sleep study results are still not in).
We should know whether this is behavioral or physiological by March 1, when we have our follow-up appointment with the neurologist.