Today has been an eventful day. We have been visited by TEAMS of doctors who specialize in various fields (i.e. - Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Epilepsy, and Infectious Diseases). Each team has a number of options that they think might explain why Anita has been having these seizures. It almost seems like a reality TV competition where each team tries to win by figuring out what is wrong with Anita. the way they do that is by figuring out what is not the problem and then seeing what they have left.
For example, because we have spent so much time in Malawi, the Infectious Disease team wants to test Anita for Malaria, TB, and various parasites. If all their tests come back negative, they have eliminated their strongest suspicions and they are out of the game. If one of the tests comes back positive, then they will look at treatment options and see if that stops the seizures (then I guess they win the game and we are all happy).
Anita has had at least six seizures today. The good news is that the Epilepsy team has glued about 20 wires to her head and has her on electrical and video surveillance. They have recoded the waves from each seizure and at the bottom of their computer screen is a real-time video of Anita going through the seizure. Everything is done through camera (mounted on our ceiling) and computer monitors in our room and other rooms in the hospital. Doctors can even log onto the Internet at home and watch her in real time (no, I don't have the link).