Such a fascinating discussion, goes into the gnitty gritty of what makes us tick, and how "smart" the brain is whether we know it or not.
I couldn't help but think of my children's recent experiences with attempting to put an end to nighttime wetting, here you have a completely natural function, yet controlled by automatic reflexes/wiring.
My eldest is 9, and when she was in those training years, her younger sister being an infant, would as infants do, cry all night. H. learned how to sleep really hard through those times, unfortunately that is opposite to what we were trying to achieve with the bedwetting.
As most parents will tell you, the mistakes made with the first kid help you do things more right on the 2nd/3rd kid. I mean we just really flubbed things with that.
So here she is, 9 years old, still wearing pullups to bed, 2 nights here 3-4 there then surprise. We tired of washing bedding, and the 5 year old is doing pullups too. Gets pricey.
Pediatrician didnt have much by way of recommendations either other than some medication, no liquids before bed yadda yadda. Somehow I found out about enuresis (bedwetting) alarms and decided to give it a try, 60 bucks (ebay) and 1 month later, our grown up kiddies are 100% accident free.
So these things are a trip to watch in action, they bed down with normal undies, the clip goes on the undies, any wetness on the clip sets the alarm off (which pins to the shirt). It has vibrate, flashing light and one heck of an obnoxious tone. You can select tone, vibrate or both.
With H., she did a few nights then it went off but we had it set to vibrate, no tone. After two accidents she started sleeping through it, so on to the tone. The nice thing is they can pause the sound but not stop it without removing the clip. What happened next had me positively astounded, the tone went off one night, she awoke immediately, it's quite a production.
The next night however, she started to go and shot out of bed. The brain had "rewired" that fast. She's been over a month accident free.
The 5 year old was a bit more interesting, as she had little understanding of what exactly was going on here, only that H wasnt wearing pullups anymore and she was next. I considered her more an objective evaluation as she really had little clue the process here.
We went exactly 2 nights dry, one wet for a week and a half. She would wake up desperately trying to shut the thing off. One night though, she woke suddenly, convinced she had wet but no alarm. Nope, dry as a bone. Thats when I thought (loosely), that her brain was trained, or perhaps rewired is a better word. She too has been dry ever since. I mean that thing worked more in one month than all our efforts over years.
So that would be a rewiring correct? No damage to repair obviously. It was like standing outside watching this fascinating thing called the brain work wonders, even when asleep.
I like the thought of the gyro app too...
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, Virtually symptom free since, no relap