10 January 2011

HBOT- What to do?

In the quest to help my son, of all the most cost effective treatments available, so far HBOT has been a key component in his healing.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are not new. They have been around for decades. And there are numerous reports and studies showing that it heals. Certain states even have Medicaid paying for it as a specific treatment for cerebral palsy. And there are several insurance companies paying for it now too. Not only for CP but for autism as well. Ours just isn't one of them.

I found out from a friend that there is a monoplace hard chamber about an hour away from me in Morehead City. After several phone calls I finally got a hold of the Dr. They treat everything from gangrene to radiation problems, ulcers to multiple sclerosis. But not cerebral palsy. He said it wasn't a peer reviewed, acceptable form of treatment with the association he belongs in. As the Dr. said, "You wouldn't have had to go to some far away place for hbot if it was an acceptable form of treatment." Sigh.

I explained to him that it was, that there are centers everywhere treating CP, what information I had on it and what it had done for Liam. He asked if I could back that up with information from Liam's Dr or his therapists on his improvements. Heck yeah we can!

He asked me what I paid for our previous dives. I told him we paid $3000.00 for 40 dives spaced twice a day. He did some quick calculating and said that that was about the same price they would get reimbursed for from BCBS if they were to bill them. So, he could foresee us doing 40 dives for only $3000.00.

He then said that if I could get a script from his pediatrician or even just a phone call from her letting him know it was approved by her, he would let Liam dive. Even though he's never treated kids with cp.

Three grand for 40 dives and I get to come home every night. No long drive across the state and staying away from my family for 3 1/2 weeks. No reorganizing everyone's schedules to get everyone where they need to be when we only own 1 car and I took it with me...


It's a monoplace chamber.

I'm not sure how that will work. He said I can lay in the chamber with Liam myself if it's too much for him to be in there alone.  There is no hood over his head like before at Miracle Mountain. Since it's just a monochamber they flood the entire chamber with oxygen. So Liam and I would both be getting the treatments.


We don't yet have the three grand.


I am praying that God will make a way. He has before and He can do it again.

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