I'm so excited that we finally got to start HBOT. We have been wanting to do it for about a year. We have some local hospitals that have HBOT chambers But they only do the standard insurance approved stuff. A place called Spokane Hyperbarics opened last year and they take everyone. It's a huge chamber that fits 15 patients plus the nurse. The owner has an autistic grandchild who did HBOT in another state. After that he was a firm believer. His grandson went from sitting under a table at school, to socializing and sitting at his desk. We had an initial eval at that HBOT institute. They video taped Paul who is 12 1/2. They asked him questions and then had him try to write answers draw cubes etc. That way when we were done we would have specific measurements. After we got the money together $5,740 for 40 "dives"  ~2 a day, at 7:30 and 12:30 for 20 days in a row with no break. They dives take about 1.5 hours each but they are under pressure for 45 minutes. the autistic kids do 1.5 ATA.  When the are done, the spinal cord patients go in at a higher pressure. 1.3 to 1.5 are what ASD kids can tolerate and has been shown to been the most effective.

2 days before we were scheduled to begin, my son's DAN! Doctor phoned to say that he would buy a chamber. He bought the biggest one from oxyhealth the Vitaris 320. It cost a little over $20,000 It fits a mom and child. By child I'm probably thinking more like 2 adults.  My son is 5' 8" 1/2 and I'm 5' 9". It goes to 1.3 ATA and 4.5 psi. Paul is in the chamber 1 hour total for each "dive".

I paid $4,000 for 60 treatments we do it 2 times a day once at 8:00 and at 3:30. Paul goes to school in between. At the other place, we where going to have to take Paul out of school for the rest of the year. They only drawback is that Paul's Dr. is 45 minutes away. we spend about 3 hours a day driving.  Paul gets free medical care while we are there. In between patients his Dr. sits with me and we discuss what to do next.  He also let's me read all the Power point stuff from the DAN! conferences.

If Paul keeps progressing like he is now, We will definitely buy a home portable for another round or 2 of treatments. I've spoke to another mom who went to the big place for 2 -40 treatment rounds and the are trying to buy theire own or share with someone like you are planning on doing.

The first treatment was pure hell. Paul screamed and cried for 45 minutes. By that afternoon he started falling asleep in the chamber. The next morning he told me to stay out. He wanted more room. Their ears pop for a minute or 2 while the pressure goes up and the same while going down. I showed him how to plug his nose and blow. Once he calmed down and did that, he was fine.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 3:11 PM

This is very interesting, thank you for this information and please keep us updated...  :)

I am so glad this is working for Paul, YAY!!!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 6:17 AM Amazing!  Glad to hear this is working for Paul.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 4:03 PM I'm so glad that Paul was able to overcome his initial fears and will now does the treatments by himselfPlus the cost went down by your dan doc getting a chamber, althought the price of gas is a bit hurtful on the old wallet... But hell I'd drive to the moon if I could to help Allie...Nan

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:14 AM

Paul's Dr. thinks the chambers will start coming down in price as more people start using HBOT.

Thanks for the well wishes.

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