AER means Ambulatory EEG Recordings and is generously sponsoring of this year’s PaxFest Kid Zone. AER provides extended EEG recoding tests over a long period of time. It allows patients who need to have an extended EEG to avoid lengthy hospital stays, and because of the large amount of data collected, neurologists can make a faster, more accurate EEG.
Our mission is to work with local Epilepsy Foundations, physicians and parents to bring these services closer to the patients that need them. By providing greater extended EEG access to patients and doctors, we can help achieve a more appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for patients through our testing. This will help patients achieve a better quality of life.
Additionally, they have a caring, professional staff that know what they’re doing. (I know this because they’ve performed studies for me.) Let me just skip the professional write up here. You know that just ain’t my style anyway. Let me give you the skinny on what an ambulatory EEG is like. You have small sensors adhered all over your head. I forgot to ask how many, but it’s a fair amount of anything to be stuck to your head. You’re going to be all wrapped up and plugged in for the duration of your study. This may may make you look like an android, or at least makes you want to pretend to actually *be* an android at Target, mostly to look cool and embarrass your kids. It’s not like I did that or anything. Let’s move on. So you’re stuck with all of this stuff glued to your head, wearing a skullcap made of gauze, and wearing a straight up shiny new fanny pack with the recorder in it. It is possible you’ve become crabby because of this situation. You might not feeling like having a technician come over to wire you up, again. You’re like some crabby-geriatric, skullcap wearing-android. The techs at AER are really good at their jobs. I bet they’ve seen lots of crabby, old, hipster androids before. They are really respectful of your home, and always respectful to the patient. The technicians that I had were respectful, patient, extremely knowledgable, and really helpful overall. I don’t miss the EEGs, I think well of all of them.
So there’s a little bit about AER’s services, but what I’m grateful for is what they’re doing to support our event and join the fight against childhood cancer. When I heard that they were sponsoring, I wasn’t surprised, because they’re awesome. When I learned that they decided to sponsor our RIDICULAWESOME Kid Zone, it just proved, once again, that there are many small businesses around here with heart.
And brains. Brains are important. Keep all the brains healthy. (So not funny. Dork. Shut up, Sara.)
Thank you AER, I will think of you fondly as I ride the giant slide into the bouncy house after playing some games, eating funnel cakes and cotton candy.