17 October 2009

Although in the picture, it appears Conrad is engaging in a new form of Rastafarian therapy, he is actually posing for a picture during a Quantitative-EEG (QEEG) procedure.

What is a QEEG?

QEEG, also known as a brain map or Functional-EEG, is the measurement of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflect cortical electrical activity or “brainwaves.” Other traditional tests such as CAT scans and MRIs are all used to measure brain anatomy, or structure. The QEEG, on the other hand, measures how the brain functions.

What did we learn?
Simple observation of Conrad would predict abnormal results.  Basically, the results indicated that the “thinking” part of his brain is functioning at the level of a 2-3 year old.  Our brainwaves move more slowly when we are infants and as adults when we are sleeping.  Although his brain activity is diffusely slow, Conrad’s results were better than expected given the severity of his brain injury and more importantly hold potential for improvement.

What do we do with this information?
The practitioner who conducted the test recommended we add a new therapy called Neurofeedback to his routine.  Neurofeedback provides direct training the brain to learn to function more efficiently. It involves a gradual leaning process that rewards the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns.

The most important takeaway is the fact that all of the therapies we have been pursing are making a difference.  So I would like to thank all of Conrad’s caregivers who dedicate their expertise and compassion to his progress and hold no limits to his potential.  And we thank all who hold Conrad in their thoughts and prayers.

And let’s not forget the impact of simple love …. Conrad’s life cannot all be about tests and therapy.  Here is a picture of a lighter side of life.  Conrad’s ability to enjoy life is what this is all about.  And we thank Bob Marley, the most famous Rasata, for the lyrics from Three Little Birds. – “Don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing gonna be alright”

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