I took Matthew to see his neurologist yesterday. His 24 hour EEG showed no seizures but did show some abnormal/slow brain waves which the doctor wasn't too concerned about..said it could be from a brain abnormality OR b/c he was tired that day.
She once again brought up the MRI..I told her we didn't want to do it b/c I've heard plenty of regression stories (due to sedation) on the various autism-related Yahoo groups I'm on. She said fine but if we notice any seizures, headaches/blurry vision, partial paralysis, etc I'm to call her ASAP. She told me she had another patient (a 5 year old boy with autism) whose parents didn't want to do an MRI but she finally talked them into it and found a brain tumor. I really don't think Matthew has that and he would tell me if his head hurt. Anyway, John & I agree that it's not worth the risk of losing all the skills Matthew has worked so hard for over the last year. Maybe when he gets older (and can lay still for 20 minutes) we will do one.
P.S. Matthew was on his best behavior at the hospital...very well-behaved, friendly, and cute!