I checked into Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunsick for the weekend, to get a video EEG. Martha visited a lot. Some friends came by as well; we played Apples to Apples and ate cookies. The majority of the time was pretty dull, though - I read a book and a half and dozed a lot. I was there from Friday afternoon to noon Sunday.
No, I didn't have a lobotomy, and they didn't have to shave my head. (I got asked those questions a lot.)
The gist of this is that they video you around the clock, while simultaneously taking EEG readings with a lot of electrodes, more than for the normal outpatient EEGs I've had. The cloth tube leading from my head to a computer off-picture is a fiber-optic cable.
When they see something alarming or strange on the EEG readouts, they can "go to the video tape" and see what I was doing then. (Or vice-versa, I suspect.)
I've come a long way, but not without some steps backwards. I'm hoping that this will provide some clues to help fine-tune my epilepsy drugs. The results won't be in for a while, but my neurologist has already confirmed one theory about why I'm getting lousy sleep at night - sleep deprivation can cause seizures. I don't expect that I'll get perfect seizure control without any side effects, but I'm trying to get as close as possible to that ideal.