On August 7th, my wife of twenty years committed suicide.
For twenty-four year she battled with Chronic Pain, that she ultimately lost to suicide, when she could take the pain from Intracranial Hypotension, caused by leaking Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF Leak), no longer.
I refuse to let Karen's death be in vane, see about donating her spine: http://blog.softwaresafety.net/2013/08/my-wifes-suicide.html.
Now I need your help. I know some of you work in the medical device field. Now do we make this device happen (I know it is a slow process), see below?
[Bob you] have been selected as a finalist for the Dare-To-Dream Medtech Design Challenge. Please see the announcement and who else made the list at:
10 Finalists Announced For Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge (slideshow).
Editors have already scored the submissions. Now it's up to readers.
##** Get your friends, co-workers and family to vote on your entry. **##
The scores will be added to reader votes and a grand prize winner and two runners up will be announced Oct. 1.
This one is mine: Intracranial Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure Regulator.
Vote on which of the ten designs you'd like to see become reality here:
If you are having trouble voting in the device contest from a phone use this link and vote for #5, "Intracranial Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure Regulator":
When I saw this contest announced I thought it was a good way to get the issue of Intracranial Hypotension in front of the group of people, Nerds like me, that design medical devices, so that someday this group will have a solution to IH.
Wining the contest will get IH in front of even more people. However wining is that not important to me, I'll be donating the proceeds to IH research. What I want accomplish is getting IH in front of the people that can do something about it. I know some of you work in the medical device field. Now do we make this device happen (I know it is a slow process)?
See animation of pump here:
Karen's complete medical history is here http://www.kpaddock.com.
Updates on her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/karen.s.paddock
Thank you for your help.