great googly moogly


I only have a couple of minutes, so this is going to have to be quick. But, for those of you not on Facebook (um, Dad), yesterday went something like this …

8am …

For the last ten minutes Brooke has been talking to Kiki – telling her not to worry, that it will all be okay, that the EEG won’t hurt and that the ‘eeger’ will be very nice. She just told her that she promises to stay with her the whole time and that they will be brave together. #ImaginaryFriendsRock

She handled the EEG like a rock star. I’m not going to call it easy, but she managed it better than I ever could have hoped. Miss Barbara, the eeger was indeed a very nice lady, and was even receptive when I told her as nicely as I could manage that she really, really had to stop the constant barrage of words that she was throwing at my kid. So there was that.

As those of you who have been through this know, the removal of the leads can be the toughest part. It’s not comfortable and it’s not quick. As Miss Barbara struggled with one in particular, Brooke let out a yell. Of all of the invectives that she may have chosen to invoke, the one that she came up with might be my all time favorite line. She screamed, “Great googly moogly!” Yes, it’s from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Yes, it may well be the cutest thing that one can possibly yell when at the end of one’s rope.

When all was said and done, it was time to head home. We thanked Miss Barbara and the rest of the staff, gathered our belongings and ran for the hills.

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Once home, there was some wrangling to do with the hospital – back and forth between neurology and our pediatrician and all that fun stuff that happens when bureaucracies get in the middle of things and the people making decisions are well, not the ones who should be making decisions. When our pediatrician called to tell me that she was frustrated and couldn’t get neurology to even call her back no less do what she was asking them to do, I took over. Funny, it’s fixed now.

Once we’d done what we needed to do, we laid down. And one of us fell immediately to sleep.


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Now, we wait. We’ll sit down with the neurologist on Monday and try to put the puzzle together. Fingers crossed that we’re looking at a migraine and nothing more.

In the meantime, to all of those in Nemo’s path, well, just keep swimming.

Thanks for being here through all this, my friends. It’s everything.

18 thoughts on “great googly moogly

  1. Glad it’s over, not surprised you had to intervene to get people to talk to one another and how do you look so put together and like you’re in a mattress commercial after a night like that? 🙂 Here’s hoping and praying the answer is simple b/c clearly diagnosing it wasn’t.

  2. So glad it’s behind you now!! Hoping that it was simply a migraine gone bad and this nightmare can be just a distant memory!! Good luck with Nemo, nothing like a few feet of snow to distract you from counting the hours until Monday!! Stay safe!

  3. Brooke is a rock star, “Great googly moogly!” Now, while we wait we’ll do our best to “wait to worry”.

    Love you,

  4. Happy testing is done and it’s a new day! Praying it was nothing and life can go on as “Normal” whatever that is! Sending Love }} Jan

  5. Ditto above, glad it is over…I have been know to yell great googly moogly myself, as well as God Bless America, and Son of a Biscuit Eater…It is usually good for a laugh…Esp the time school called me concerned that Jim said SOB…With his speech issues they did not understand him clearly.

  6. I know that this is totally off subject, but sometimes, at times of great emotional intensity, I like a little distraction. So, um, is that your husband wearing the shorts? And short-sleeve tee? ‘Cause it seems like your area is about to get buried in snow? And, hospitals are usually arctic? With a name like Luau, I would not expect him to be part polar bear. Just sayin’

  7. The fun of dealing with medical bureaucracies… I hope it is only a migraine and you can all hunker down and stay warm and cozy this weekend during Nemo.

  8. Hi,
    This is the first time i have made a comment, but my son Reid gets migraines and went through a really tough time when he was getting 4-5 per week. As i get them myself i know how bad they can be. After 10-12 hours on non-stop vomiting and massive pain i want to take on his pain for him. Luckily he reacts immediately to imiterex when they hit. I only have a 30 minute time frame to get the liquid with the crushed pill into him before the vomiting starts- after that He can’t keep it down. I found out that i could get the imitrex in a epi-pen shot for those severe episodes. (have to be careful because i am allergic to the imitrex and will not be able to breathe if it touches me).
    We finally found an herb called Butterbur that we give him 1-2 daily mixed in his juice that has made all of the difference for him. Now he’s down to 1-2 per month and he’s off all of the other preventative meds that he was once on. So if your little one is diagnosed with migraines you might want to try it.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us- i love your perspective and Thanks for the heads up on the new gym in Hopedale that is opening!!!

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