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Hyperbaric Oxygen Patients’ Experiences at the Strong Wound Healing Center


I had received radiation therapy for a
cancer diagnosis, and about eight years after that treatment I developed radionecrosis on my vocal cord. For me it was being a trained
classical singer and now being faced with losing not just the voice but all
those years of training. I at first would communicate with a voice-generated
application on my computer. I could not speak on the telephone.
I found it embarrassing to go to the grocery store. Most of the anxieties
around is this gonna work even more so than getting into the chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also called HBO, is used as a supplemental treatment for
problematic non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria or for areas damaged
by radiation. During the two-hour treatments patients breathe a hundred
percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This quickly increases the
concentration of oxygen in your bloodstream where it is delivered to
your wound site for faster healing. One day I was working in the kitchen
and my spouse was upstairs and normally I would have had to either walk upstairs
or ring the bell, the little signal bell from me to him, you know, because I couldn’t yell or talk and, you know, being
the creatures of habit that we are you still try to yell. You’re like you’re
like the maid from Clue, but this time I yelled his name and, lo and behold, I
yelled his name, and I was like oh my god this is just amazing, you know, so then I
yelled again and then all those feelings that I had inside I kept yelling. It felt
pretty good. Essentially HBO therapy helps heal
wounds from the inside out. Most patients receive treatments Monday
through Friday for a total of 30 or 40 treatments. For me having the hyperbaric
chamber treatments was literally life-saving. One of my doctors had
basically felt like they had done everything they could for me. After two
weeks the progress began to just happen so quickly and each after each treatment
I was noticing I was feeling better and better. I mean it was amazing.
People were commenting like we cannot believe how much better you are and how great you
look and I just I felt that way too. For me it was absolutely life-saving.
This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, improve circulation, and
build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. The result is
magical. It can be life-changing. No matter what your situation is. When
you start to break down what your life would be like if you were missing
certain parts of your ability. Where is my destiny gonna take me here, like, what
is the next hub; how am I gonna manage the depression around that. I mean you
start to feel defeated. This was sort of my last hope, but it was the brightest
hope and I can remember feeling that way. The care that I received at the HBO
treatment center was superior. Everybody was there for you every day
every step of the way. I am traveling. I’m doing all the things that I love to do. I
have a sweet little grandson that just turned two. I’m flying down tomorrow to see him. That’s what you want. That’s what it’s about, you know, it’s about living
life. It’s been my experience that if you have a positive attitude and a positive
spirit it really goes a long way no matter what’s going on. So, nobody has
said yeah you’re gonna sing again, but I’m gonna sing again.

Cesar Sullivan

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