Category Archives: Clinical Research

Testing the Future

Chapter 12 Testing the Future   I was sitting in my backyard reading a text book to boost my knowledge of geology, a very fascinating subject if you ask me. At that time reading was a ridiculously complicated task. Because … Continue reading

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Questions, Confusion, Fear, Discovery

Chapter Nine Questions, Confusion, Fear, Discovery           The ride home with Mom was spent in painful silence, but in my head were shouts of fear, anger, confusion and uncertainty.  I sobbed most of the way home.  It was new kind … Continue reading

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The Verdict

Chapter Eight The Verdict I remember with extreme vividness the exact moment.  In the confines of a hallway that ominous feeling I had from the start exploded:  Ototoxicity, ear poisoning, permanent.  I still see the steel blue color of the … Continue reading

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The Final Diagnosis

Chapter 7 THE FINAL DIAGNOSIS           Up to this point from previous blogs you already know what happened:  The fall, the drive to the clinic, the bouncing and blurry, the feeling of outer space, and a place of fear unlike … Continue reading

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The Lull

           Because of the “coming down” reaction I experienced and that we were now testing the device in a standing position, changes to the research protocol were required.  That meant a lull in using the TDU…  It took a long … Continue reading

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Now, Back to the Story…. That First “Coming Down”

           After my first extended TDU residual effect, Paul, Mitch, Yuri and I set out to investigate why I experienced the feeling of a 100-fold worsening of my vestibular dysfunction symptoms.  We couldn’t move on until all safety considerations were … Continue reading

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“Hello Mitch? This is Cheryl… I think we did something bad…. “

          Our previous experiments with the residual effect had been resulting in a limited amount of relief at a time, a few minutes or more.   The findings from the first 20 minute trial resulted in the first of extended residual … Continue reading

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Something’s Different…

            After discovering such a dramatic difference in how my vision and balance cooperated I removed the helmet.  When I could finally find words, I turned to Mitch and whispered, “Mitch, something’s different.  I don’t know what’s happened but something … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty Was Put Back Together Again!

            Beep, beep, beep, beep… a timer interrupted.  I had completed the first ever 20 minute trial using the TDU.   Mitch placed his hand on my shoulder and assisted as we removed the TDU from my tongue and said “Cheryl, … Continue reading

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Exclamations, Grants, Money, and Move

            After our amazing discovery, the lab exploded into a flurry of electrified activity!   We invited my doctor and collaborator on the project, Dr. Mark Pyle, to come and see for himself what we discovered.  Within a few days, Dr. … Continue reading

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