Things are good right now with Erin. I don’t see any new flare-ups and she’s not complaining of any pain. My friend Tina has been busy selling the big items that were left over from the charity sale. She’s had great success with Craigslist. She’s been instrumental with Erin’s cause. Not only has seen taken on selling the extra items we saved from the sale but now she’s working with her father to come up with a custom helmet for Erin.
Initially I was hoping Tina’s awesome sewing skills could help us sew a few layers of neoprene together to make a comfy, aesthetic, and protective soft shell helmet for Erin. Well, her father is a Professional Engineer (PE) who has degrees and experience with biomedical engineering. He did some research and found a company (Jobst, Inc) who specializes in closed cell foam material. Long story short….Conrad has been working with the someone with Jobst, Inc to come up with specifications for the material. I am blown away with all the physics required with this helmet. I am so impressed and most definitely grateful for Tina and Conrad’s dedication to the helmet. Hopefully a combination of materials will be identified as appropriate for the helmet. From there a prototype will be designed. Tina mentioned that they are hoping to have a prototype for Erin to wear before we leave for the east coast. Wow… here Tina and Conrad are researching physics equations and I am worried about how to get a family of five to Tennessee without any incidents.
Tomorrow is our meeting with the school district about Erin starting preschool. I’ll post an update afterwards.