23 sessions down, 17 to go. The tech mentioned they were reviewing my case and decided to increase the pressure in the chamber. I filled out more paper work and turned it in. I was told that after reviewing the paper work that the "protocol" would be changed. I take this to mean the pressure inside the tube will be increased for future visits. I look forward to these visits.
The process has become routine. About Thirty five minutes into my 17th dive, I was watching the documentary "The Royal House of Windsor" when I looked to my right at the tube next to me.
In that tube was a young woman with a toddler on her chest. The woman was dressed in scrubs and the child, I'm guessing One year old, was in a sweater and pants.
On their screen was a children's program.
Before I started this process I checked with medical professionals I knew about HBOT.
One of them told me about a patient who's grandchild, who is autistic, was going through the treatment and having some success.
I have no idea what this child's problem is or if indeed the toddler is sick but I wish the mom and her child well.
I sometimes suffer from claustrophobia due to frequent MRI's, but never when I'm in the tube as it's totally clear. I've yet to see any progress in response the tech said he would check to see if they could increase the air pressure in response to my lack of progress. Like the old coach I remain pessimistically optimistic. 18 down 22 to go.
I have started my second week of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT.
Entering the "clinic" you're greeted by a receptionist and directed to a dressing room. There is a rack of scrubs against one wall in different sizes. They consist of top's and pants. Against another wall lockers, one with my name on it. All of this is located in an ante room next to men's and women's dressing rooms. The dressing room is small an has a bench. After changing into scrubs you take your cloths and phone and deposit them in the locker. Walking out of the dressing rooms you cross the hall and enter a large darkened room. In the room are Three gurneys and Three large glass tubes or "dive chambers". A tech helps you on to the gurney. He asks you if you need a blanket or a bottle of water. You take the blanket. He asks what you want to watch Netflix or films they have available. You tell him Netflix the Queen season two. There is a screen
attached to the top of each tube angled for viewing. He wheels you into the tube and closes the door.
As the tube fills with pressurized oxygen it feels like you're in the cabin of a ascending jet with all that implies. Ultimately your ears pop and you lie there, watching the Queen for an hour and fifteen minutes. The tech comes by and gives a thumbs up every so often up looking for the same response. The tech lets you know your done by pointing his finger up, and hitting a switch to depressurize the tube. after the pressure has subsided, it takes about five minutes, he opens the tube and wheels you out. You head back to the dressing room and change back into your street cloths. The whole process soon becomes routine. Thus far I've seen no improvement but it's still early days.
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