Monday, August 9, 2010

Creepiest Experience Book Ever

I thought I'd make an experience book for Nolan's sleep study tonight. It is a useful way to discuss the test and help him understand what will happen (and also, a way to reassure him that nothing will hurt during the test).

Since I don't have any photographs of Nolan's last sleep study experience, I had to draw the pictures. This is where the creepy comes in- I do not have any artistic talent. So my attempt to illustrate the process of putting the "stickers" on (EEG leads) is rather frightening:

Not only does Nolan lack hair, but it appears that his head has been taken over by a many-tentacled monster. Also, the technician looks a little too happy to place the leads on Nolan's noggin. I probably should have used clip-art, but there is no clip-art for sleep-study pictures. My horrifying rendition of the sequence of events is all I have, so I thought I would ditch the book before Nolan could see the seriously freaky images I drew.

Unfortunately, Nolan found it before I could toss it. And guess what? He loves it. He wanted me to read it about four times in a row, even with the creepy pictures. In my defense, not all of the pictures are creepy- some are even cute. Who can resist a gauze-headed cartoon Nolan?

I think the next experience book will feature photographs, though. Otherwise, we'll have to start investing for his future therapy bills!


Elizabeth said...

I don't know what you're talking about... this is a GREAT experience book! Wow, look at all the time and thought you put into this. Way to go!

Ericka said...

I seriously had the best laugh reading your explanations of the illustrations! lol

MB said...

I love the drawings! My art skills apparently stopped progressing when I was about 4. I don't even remember all the limbs sometimes. I think this is quite the masterpiece!

Lucas'Mommy said...

This is great! Well done, mama! I hope that the sleep study goes well tonight! Praying for you guys!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

You did GREAT!

Hey, too bad I'm too late. I have a pic on my blog of Tate covered with EEG leads from his hospitalization last spring.

It's here.

Let us know how it goes!


tammy said...

I think this is wonderful!! I love the whole flip book idea. Who has all kinds of pics laying around though to make impromptu books like this!?! We have started one big experience book with Aiden that documents what we do each day, and I have had to bust out the colored pencils to draw instead of printing off all these pics, whether from clip art or Kodak, all the time. What I plan on doing though is printing a bunch of family faces so I can glue the head to my stick figures of whomever's head belongs on the stick. lol. Like Monica, my art skills stopped back in preschool!