Tuesday, March 4, 2014


The Brain Awareness Open House event at the University of Washington was a great success!  We saw several hundred students (grades 4-12) from Western Washington schools.  Answered a lot of questions about hydrocephalus and handed out lots of literature about all types of the condition.
We saw kids from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, but it didn't seem as chaotic as it has in some years past.  Don't get me wrong, we still saw throngs of kids, teachers and parents during the event, which is always great.  As always, it was tiring, but in a good way.
Unfortunately, my surprise didn't happen, but I'm looking forward to next year.  I'm hoping that the same surprise will happen at next year's event.
This year's event had exhibits that were returnees, as well as new ones.  The preserved brains and spinal cords were back.  Very popular with the kids, particularly the grade school boys!
I should have photos to add to the blog shortly.  The organizer took some and Dean Andersen, Kim's dad, took some.
Again, I want to thank Medtronic for sending the squishy brains and 'stuff' to hand out.  We missed our usual shunt rep, but we soldiered on with our foam head and shunt demo.  I'd also like to thank National Hydrocephalus Foundation's (NHF) Debbi Fields for sending us newsletters and 'stuff' to add to the table.  I also made a point to hand out the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) information about concussions.  That was very popular with teachers and parents.  We also has some updated hydrocephalus information.
Looks like we're going to be doing at least one class presentation at the end of the month.  It should be interesting, being able to answer questions from the kids and give them a more personal perspective from those of us living with hydrocephalus, as well as a parent or two with many years of experience.
I'm going to go take a nap now.  I'm SO tired!!

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