Like in the past, it takes me a day or two to completely understand the details of our IBRF conference call. Not only is it a boat load of technical information, but this information is presented in medical terms. Granted, I can keep up (barely) but to really encode it in my brain takes some effort. It’s like preparing for a final exam in a post-graduate program… in your most difficult class. Ever.
So I again listened to the call (I record it) and added to my notes. It’s pages upon pages of chicken scratch that few would be able to decipher. I’m a little worried even I might have trouble reading it. When I ran out of blank paper — and didn’t want to risk getting up from the call — I began grabbing whatever was nearby. I wrote on store receipts, boxes, my arm, and various file folders. Had our bulldog Duke walked by, well, he would have been fair game.
One item that is ready to share is IBRF will make their home visit during the week of July 3rd. This is where they perform various objective test. This includes a qEEG, ERP (Evoked Response Potential), and BIS Monitoring (to measure “awakefulness”).
Independent of their visit, we will have a twenty-four sleep study performed. This uses a similar protocol to an EEG, but delves deeper and over a longer duration. We’re wanting to see if Ryan is having any normal sleep patterns (i.e., known as the circadian rhythm), and how much time (if any) he spends in the five major sleep cycles.
The only other item that I can report on is the status of the 3-D Brain model. It’s still being built. Ugh! We continue to push this because it is a prerequisite to using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy.