A big breakthrough!
Okay I’m trying to remain calm because nothing is set in stone yet. However, I’m very excited because as of yesterday anyway we have the first person who is eligible for the experiment I proposed using what I call, “big idea.” Now for those of you who have been following along, this may be confusing because I already have several datasets using this new thing I’ve created, but this is a little different. Okay a lot different and I’ll explain why.
Time flies, right? I mean almost eight months ago I came up with big idea and we’ve been working to get data using this new thing I’ve created since. Unfortunately it hasn’t been smooth sailing. We’ve gotten data from several participants and even in a pre-clinical setting, but while the data helps me build a case for big idea, it’s not THE big idea. Because really big idea was two parts.
The first part was equipment, I had to build some equipment to do the thing I cannot talk about, hence the vague talking about stuff without talking about it. With me so far? Well the equipment building was the easy part. I had the idea, I knew how to build the stuff, hospital-PI threw a bunch of money at me, and let’s say a month later, we had all the equipment we needed and then some. Great, but that’s just the equipment side of things.
The second part of big idea was the experiment. The experiment I’ve created is super important for what I want to do and I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about how to implement it. Hospital-PI and I sat down and discussed how we want to do the experiment almost the same day I proposed the equipment side of big idea. We came to a tentative agreement on what we should do and how to do it. That was basically the end of the story until fairly recently.
The problem with big idea is that, on the experiment side of things, the criteria for the people we would try to recruit for the project is super strict and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room for changing it unfortunately. So for the past few experiments we’ve been relaxing the criteria a lot, and I do mean a lot, in order to get any data at all.
The good news is those experiments have taught us a lot. There were things we needed to do differently, things that needed to be fixed, weird issues we didn’t anticipate (cables being pulled or something or another). So it’s not like we’re just screwing around, we’re actually making a lot of progress and the last dataset we collected with a participant in particular looks very promising. Unfortunately, none of those datasets were big idea, they were big idea lite, little idea even (haha).
But that has now changed… maybe. We finally have one (of hopefully 10-12) people who are eligible for the study and fit our criteria. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I have my hopes up. It has been such a hard thing to even get to this point that I can’t help it. Between then and now a whole lot of things could happen. The person could cancel, the person could tell us no, the person could, in fact, turn out to be ineligible. It’s hard to say, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out.
Does this make a ton more new and extra work for me? You bet, but I’m excited anyway! This could be… big.