Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Give Me A Little O2



Ten days after I was discharged from the hospital my mommy and I went to Arizona for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We took two trips for three and a half weeks with a month in between trips. We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House during both of our trips to Arizona for HBOT.

Monday- Saturday we went to the clinic 2 times a day for about an hour and a half. When we got there mommy helped Ms. Lori put on my hood. It made me look like a beach ball! I hated it! We then got into the chamber and sat in a chair. There was enough room for six people in the chamber. The oxygen was hooked up to my hood through a tube and we were ready to go! With everyone seated inside the door was shut and the chamber would start to be pressurized. It was very loud! My ears would start to pop and after about 8 minutes it was done. We would stay in the chamber for an hour. After sixty minutes at pressure we would depressurize, our ears would pop again and the door would open. There was a TV in the chamber to keep us entertained but at that time I didn't seem to care! In all I spent 80 hours in the chamber and all but one or two I spent screaming!



This is a picture of the Chamber we used at HBOT of Arizona

During my HBOT treatment I began to heal! I started to track with my eyes and hold my head up better. I started to have times when I was calm and not crying. My mommy says that she was so excited when I began to move my head from side to side and look for noises in the room! I also started to start to notice when my mommy would leave the room.




We saw so many improvements from this therapy we decided to get our own chamber so we could do HBOT at home!

Bellow is a bit more information on HBOT.


HBOT of Arizona

"Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy delivers 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than sea level atmospheric pressure while the patient is enclosed within a certified pressurized chamber. The patient breathes 100% oxygen while covered under a hood, or while wearing a mask.

When red blood cells deliver only a limited supply of oxygen to tissue cells, negative physiological changes occur. Injuries, infections and diseases can cause a drop in tissue oxygen level to almost zero. World wide research confirms that breathing 100% oxygen under pressure forces the oxygen to reach those tissues and body systems affected by injury, infection, or disease and accelerates the body's healing process. Statistics from Hyperbaric Oxygenation demonstrate tremendous improvements in hundreds of conditions such as slow healing wounds, migraines, brain injuries, chronic fatigue, spider bites, and even Cerebral Palsy."


Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

  • Increases neuronal energy metabolism in the brain
  • Can create sustained cognitive improvement
  • Wakes up sleeping (idling) brain cells that are metabolizing enough to stay alive but are not actively "firing"
  • Enhances the body's ability to fight bacterial and viral infections
  • Deactivates toxins and poisons (e.g. side effects from some chemotherapy, spider bites, air pollution, etc.)
  • Enhances wound healing by stimulating the growth of new capillaries into the injured area
  • Creates an immediate aerobic state
  • Removes free radicals
  • Reduces tissue swelling
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory

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