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!