On the serious side for a moment, I learned many important things in preparation for the next Big Project; a quantitative survey of the experience of doing BD versus commercial formula. Read on down for what YOU can do with 2 minutes of your time to help make this a total and awesome success.
But first, the news:
In a disturbing development, it seems that 16% of respondents are not sure whether they in fact have a giraffe. I mean, you'd notice, surely, wouldn't you? But it also seems that 11.1% of respondents do in fact report having a giraffe. This remains true if we filter for country of origin and look only at the USA. Logically then we can extrapolate that there are approximately 34 million giraffes resident in the United States.
See how careful you have to be with looking at stats? Obviously there are more giraffes than that. :-)
One thing I should have included was a free-text comment box for the question "Do you possess the answer to globalisation-induced poverty?" because 19% said Yes, and now we'll never know........
Of all the choices, the favourite method for preventing giraffes from eating the unripe coconuts was to "Tie a bell around the giraffes' necks so the coconuts can hear them coming and hide" Closely followed by "Don't be stupid. Everyone knows giraffes don't eat unripe coconuts. They always wait until they're ripe."
There were many very practical and imaginative solutions to this problem offered, one of my favourites being to first teach the giraffes to read, have them read the Bible and the Ten Commandments and place reminder notices up in the coconut palms saying stuff like "God is watching". Although I'm not sure if this is more or less humane than the electric fence option.
Unsurprisingly, stepping in giraffe poo in your bare feet while being distracted by the pretty ribbons the giraffes tie around the coconuts rates VERY HIGHLY on the annoyingness scale.
Useful stuff. Who knew?
The favourite colour option for repainting the Capitol Building is in 'all the colours of the rainbow' but in the free comments section beige made a very strong showing as did green. "Sage green to attract sages, not fools", "Green, the color of money, because that is all that any of the politicians working there care about." "Green, with little pictures of famous men for accent, just like all the $$$ they foolishly spend in that place.", "Green: because i'm hopeful about the eco thing sticking, but realize it's the allmighty dollar that sets the rules.", "neon green" and my favourite "Lime Green with purple trim - looks great in my daughters bedroom and cheers everyone up when they walk into her room." Who'd have thought there would be so much politics in colour??? Pretty much every colour combo was mentioned, including the creative purple, being a blend of red and blue. Nice.
75.9% of people do not know what a delicious Mangel-Wurzel is. And pretty much everyone loves potatoes.
There was a great response to the "Which vegetable would the Capitol building be and why?" question, but again...so much hilarious politicking! Gas-producing and otherwise stinky vegetables featured strongly, as did the Mangel-Wurzel because, in the words of a few "I don't know what it's for or what it does". Too much creativity to boil down here.
I used the free version of SurveyMonkey, and it's quite limited in terms of pulling reports and sharing data with y'all. But I shall be ponying up for the proper version and then can make all the coconutty and giraffey goodness available in a better form for you to examine fully (minus names etc, sorry, but they must stay confidential and then be destroyed once the data's all pulled). Then I can also find out the really nitty-gritty stuff like "of those who responded 'yes' to owning both giraffes and coconut plantations, how many thought the Capitol Building would be a vegetable from the brassica family?"
Because you can see how useful that will be to know.
OK, maybe not, but I will want to know answers to cross-referenced enquiries like "what percentage of those people who switched from formula to BD and had a decrease in reflux also reported greater volume tolerance?" This sort of thing may prove to be very interesting.
AND THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN
I and my few motivated cohorts in the spearhead are already working away on your behalf on the survey construction and design. As per your responses just now it will be short enough to be completed in well under 20 minutes, yet long enough to catch a lot of really meaningful data. But the outcomes to be aimed at are the main thing.
I am appealing to you to give me your feedback on the following issues, to supplement the things we here in the vanguard have already compiled.
- What are the main objections you have been presented with by members of the medical profession, family, and others when considering BD?
- In simple or single words (eg reflux, vomiting) what are the greatest symptom improvements you experienced when making a change from commercial formula to BD?
- What were the main problems or worsening symptoms when changing?
Either pop a comment in below or email me with your thoughts, please. Comments might be better, because then others can see what you've written and it may inspire them to think of something too.
Thank you all, very much. The response was larger, faster, more creative and certainly a lot funnier than I had dared hope for. I look forward to the next step feeling well-supported and like we're about to do a very good thing. A first step to something which might change a lot in how we understand the BD experience across a wide range of people's experiences, and a powerful tool to help educate the medical community a little better, in a way they can only respect.