Paul had become increasingly violent for the past 2 years. He would have uncontrollable meltdowns a few times a week and would hit me. As most of my friends here know, Paul is 5' 8 1/2" and weighs 150 lbs. We were at our wits end. It took my big strong husband or big strong son to control him at times. Gary works a lot and Matt is married and has his own home. I knew I had to get a handle on Paul but nothing that I did worked. Once his rage started he would lose total control. It turned into a safety issue for Becky and me (Paul too).

I toiled with a recommendation made by some A-hole pediatrician who had never met my son for a very harsh drug that can cause permanent neurological. I cried for several days and decided I could not and would not add to the damage that vaccines had done.

I phoned my son's DAN Dr. and poured my heart out. It's not easy to admit that your child hits you, even if they are autistic.  Paul's Dr. recommended Inositol in high doses. I started Paul on it the next day. His melt-downs started to decrease that was 3 weeks ago.

 2 weeks ago Paul's HBOT started. He has not only not hit me but he is slowly starting to reason things out. I think the Inositol had the calming effect and the HBOT is clearing his mind.

Today he got mad because we have the HBOT countdown calender and he didn't quit figure out how it works, although I explained it. After the first 40 days of treatment he is going to get his prize. By Paul's calculations that should be in 4 days because he will be at number 40.  I explained once again the whole countdown thing that 40 days of treatment will be at 20 on the calendar. Paul went nuts and picked up a big jar of BB's to throw at me. He suddenly stopped and said, "I really hate these!"  So of course knowing that they were going to hurt when they hit me, I said, "If you hate them, don't hold them put them down."  Paul did. He then said, "I made a mistake, I didn't mean I hate the BB's. I hate when I get mad and yell and hit. I'm sorry mom."  I could not believe my ears! Not only was it an articulate phrase, but he also calmed himself down. He is trying to learn how to behave now that he is thinking clearer.

One other thing I'd like to mention. Paul does the usual Not sleeping well at night stuff that other ASD kids do. But on Friday night Paul went to bed and slept for 13 1/2 hours. I truly believe that his brain is taking lots of energy while try to heal.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:08 AM What's HBOT? Did getting vaccines cause his autism?

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:11 AM Nevermind i should have known that. I'm a respiratory therapist at a hospital that uses HBOT for wound healing. Brain fart.... Duh! Sorry.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:46 AM

Good for Paul and ya'll too, this is great news, keep up the good work kiddo!!!  :)

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM

im assuming your  insurance doesnt cover it since they dont cover any autism treatments! grr! im so happy he is showing improvement!! that is great! im so happy for you both!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:20 PM It's not covered by insurance. We are documenting progression and will submit everything to the insurance though. That's what our DAN Dr. says it will take for them to start paying people for autism treatments.  Maybe someday down the road another parent and child will be helped.

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Oct. 8, 2008 at 3:02 AM

Hi there~I was just reading about your little man!  Wow, I"m so glad he is doing so well!  HBOT is such an interesting treatment!  Keep up the great work!!!!  I wish they would take insurance! :(  My little guy just turned 2 and was diagnosed with PDD in June of this year....maybe at some point we will get the funding to do the same for him!

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