Having finished my paperwork, it is time for my QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram) to get a glimpse of my brain waves and to find out which areas of my brain are dysregulated.
There are preparations I need to observe before going, which are listed in the email I received with the questionnaire. These include:
- No alcohol or marijuana 2 to 3 days before
- No hair conditioners or sprays
- Washing my hair the day of or the night before
- Having protein for breakfast and avoiding sugary foods
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- No over-the-counter meds and telling the doctor if and which meds I am taking.
Of course insomnia being one of my symptoms, I was concerned about a good night’s sleep and my daily coffee and muffin ritual would have to be forsaken for a swiss omelet but otherwise these requirements were very manageable. I am not on meds and my last glass of wine had been 3 nights earlier.
I will be working with Dr. Eissler (Annie) in the Manhattan office which, blissfully, I live within walking distance of. She greets me at the door on the morning of my appointment and ushers me into a compact but warm office. She invites me to sit in a reclining chair in front of a flat screen television that displays the BrainCore therapy logo.
Her desk is adjacent to the recliner with a computer hooked up to the equipment on which she will, no doubt, be monitoring my waves and my progress. I am very excited about finding out about my brain waves. I have fantasies about my greater fluency in Spanish, my debut on Dancing with the Stars, and my overall brilliance as a result of this therapy.
While I am imagining this, she fits me with what resembles a bathing cap, only with sensors which are pasted onto my scalp corresponding to different parts of my brain. The QEEG is a diagnostic tool that reveals information on each of the five primary brain waves and the brain wave patterns that the patient is producing. It provides a window into the brain to see how well it is functioning. The application is completely painless and no signals of any kind are put into the brain.
The process consists of 12 one-minute readings, six with eyes open and six with eyes closed. I am instructed to stay still and try not to blink. It is all very easy and before I know it, I am finished.
My brain function will be compared to pre-established norms and based on these physiological measures along with the completed cognitive profile, an appropriate protocol will be determined for me.
In no time at all I will have my findings and I can schedule my first BrainCore session.
Next… My first session.