The International Brain Research Foundation (IBRF) spent yesterday morning at our home. They ran a full battery of neurological tests on Ryan. The results take weeks to analyze and compile, so we’ll just need to wait it out. Anyhow, while the technician is running the qEEG for over two hours, we consult with the doctor and adjust Ryan’s treatment plan. It is time well spent.
We, as a preëmptive measure, requested a Skype conference call with the IBRF team during the week of December 18th to review the qEEG results and treatment plan. In the meantime, we’ll be busy pulling together all the changes. Rather than explain them all, I’ll just embed the Action Item List we attached to an e-mail sent to IBRF last night.
I realize this list is quite terse and will need more explanation (at a later time). Still, my intent is to give you a feel for what’s in the works.
Here’s a quick video clip (less than a minute) showing a snippet of one of the qEEG tests.
While on the topic of video, I’ll be testing a live streaming video feed around 10:30 am this morning. In it, Ryan will get a basic full-range of stretching (I’ll not use any objects, like a baseball, since my attention will be divided). I’ll also have a lovely assistant, Rita, helping me out.
You can watch it on the Live! page, if you like. This is like television before Tivo and the VCR, it is not recorded for later viewing (but I’m working on that). This video test will take place in the upper-most video window on the page. I’m simply using my laptop’s camera to broadcast today. The next test, probably later this week, will use my smartphone’s camera! I’ll be totally mobile!
Again, the advertisements you might see before and during the feed are not my doing (the trade-off of this free service) and the number of viewers is limited (again, not my doing). Actually, I think I know a way around the advertisements, but I’m not going to test this today. Really, I’m just interest to see if my site will crash and the broadcast’s quality. Let me know!
The Colangelis says
Thank you for the update and looking forward to the test results. Praying for continued recovery.
what were the results from the summer scans when they were going the images etc Don’t remember ever seeing those?
As for the summer qEEG, these were (as best I can interpret) inconclusive. A thorough explanation was never provided. What I do know is Ryan didn’t get worse.
Our hopes and prayers are that Ryan is getting better every day!
Can’t wait for the test results. My prayers continue
Omigosh! This truly is a “Marvelous Toy,! Thank you so very much, Ken. I had no idea that Ryan’s stretching session was this involved. I came in about 10:20, and it seemed that the Livestream was already underway — very nice picture. I watched until the end. I tried some of the stretches, but I must need a therapist — no go, especially the fingers and wrists. You and Rita get your workout for the day, too, which saves a trip to the gym. Nice going here and thanks again for this gift, You Great Big Smarty-pants! Such a techie! Love
Ryan does give a good workout, Jo — he is so strong! And I just had to call Ken a smarty pants today too; so smart it’s scary sometimes… P.S. I hope that you are the only one who caught my lovely butt shot in the video. Ryan is much nicer to look at 🙂
Rita, I thought you were all nice to look at and very considerate when you knew that Ryan was uncomfortable. This is quite an intensive workout — for all 3! Whew!
Hoping for good results!!
What will Lithium do for Ryan?
Research shows that administration of lithium increased the volume of gray matter by 3%, on average. It also has been proven to help memory and cognition. It suggests that brain atrophy is reversible, and neurogenesis might be promoted by pharmacological strategies. Currently used in manic-depressive illness, it has been proposed that lithium could be used to treat acute brain injuries.
I knew of its use in bipolar disorder: it’s a mood stabilizer that helps people to not go wildly manic. I didn’t know it had regenerative properties, though–that’s really cool!
Furthermore, Lithium is CHEAP! 🙂