It was a long appointment

@GardenGerty (157547)
United States
April 1, 2024 2:37pm CST
The consultation for hyperbaric treatment was about two and a half hours long. Bob is tired now and is in bed asleep. I took a short nap. One thing they have to do is verify for the insurance that his medical problems justify this expensive treatment. Then they do a complete health history, to make sure this will not do more harm than good and to determine if the patient is comfortable with it mentally. All of that passes muster for Bob, but there are about three more people/doctors/agencies that need to give input. About fifteen years ago Bob had an incident that seemed to be a seizure, so they want to speak to the neurologist that he saw. He has a pacemaker/defibrillator so the hyperbaric people need to know if his device can withstand this. Thirdly they need to know if he has fluid around his heart that could compromise the lungs in this situation. This is the most hopeful line of treatment that has been proposed since 2018 when this started. If he gets it, it will be five days a week for six weeks. Each treatment will last about two hours including set up. We are excited and can hardly wait for it to begin.
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@snowy22315 (169770)
• United States
1 Apr
I hope and pray it is the answer you seek.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
We are anticipating that it may contribute to healing other situations as well. Studies have shown it to be beneficial for stroke victims, for instance, but insurance will not approve it for that use.
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@JudyEv (325486)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
Oh wow! That is some treatment! Will he stay in a hospital for it to be done or will you have to take him to and fro each visit?
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
I will go to the first treatment, to see how it goes. They say that most people drive themselves.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
@JudyEv We got to see the "chambers". This hospital can treat up to two at a time. It is a large glass tube. He has a tv available outside of or above the tube for a distraction. There is a phone they can talk to him through, and listen if he has anything to tell them.
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@JudyEv (325486)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
@GardenGerty So hopefully it's not too intrusive or taxing.
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@celticeagle (158821)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Apr
Sounds like a lot of work. I hope it all works out and he gets this treatment.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
Lucky for us, they will do the legwork of contacting doctors and others for their answers.
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@celticeagle (158821)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Apr
@GardenGerty ..........Looks like it will be rather in-depth too.
@kaylachan (57497)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Apr
I hope it works as intended.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
I think it is all really dependent on how much fluid is around his heart and lungs.
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@kaylachan (57497)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Apr
@GardenGerty Yeah. If there's to much they won't do it.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
@kaylachan There would be a chance of a pneumothorax.
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@koopharper (7473)
• Canada
1 Apr
Hopefully, all the questions get the answers you need and you can proceed successfully.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
The big if is about the fluid that might be around his heart and lungs.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
@koopharper Thanks, that means a lot to us.
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• Canada
2 Apr
@GardenGerty Will pray about it.
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@TheHorse (205457)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
I hope all goes well.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
Always time to learn about new things.
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@TheHorse (205457)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Apr
@GardenGerty That is one on my basic philosophies.
@kareng (54492)
• United States
2 Apr
Praying that all goes well and he can get this treatment!!
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
Thank you. Just hoping things are right for it.
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@kareng (54492)
• United States
5 Apr
@GardenGerty Hoping it all works out!!
@besweet (9863)
• Ireland
1 Apr
I hope it works. It's good that they are being thorough, this was the doctors can do their best without missing any information.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
Yes. The only dumb questions are the ones that are not asked. For some parts of this treatment there are options of how it is administered.
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@besweet (9863)
• Ireland
2 Apr
@GardenGerty I agree completely. Hope it all goes as planned.
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@Deepizzaguy (94370)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
1 Apr
I am wishing you the best that Bob will recover from his health problems soon.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
Overall this is a very positive sounding treatment protocol.
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@Deepizzaguy (94370)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
2 Apr
@GardenGerty That is good to know.
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@Dena91 (15860)
• United States
1 Apr
I pray that everything would be approved and this treatment would help Bob with his health issues.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
From where I sit, the big "if" is his heart.
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@LindaOHio (155769)
• United States
2 Apr
I hope everything goes well. That's quite an intensive set of treatments. How far would you have to drive for each treatment? Good luck. Have a good day.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
It is between thirty and thirty five miles. The first place they were planning on sending us was about sixty miles. Much larger hospital. I like this one better, both because it is closer and the facilities are not so overwhelming and large.
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@LindaOHio (155769)
• United States
3 Apr
@GardenGerty That's quite a drive each day. I hope the treatments help.
@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
2 Apr
I hope and pray that this line of treatment really works and help Bob heal and feel good. It seems like an extensive testing and all . But it must be worth all the time and effort. Sending positive vibes and thoughts to you. Take care.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
This sounds so positive the way we understand it and it is not invasive. We have had so many doctor's visits and emergency treatments for the last six years this seem like very little effort.
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@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
4 Apr
@GardenGerty Oh! I see. It must be tiring with so many doctor's visits and emergency treatment. It takes a toll on our mental and emotional well being too. Happy that this sounds promising and with less effort for you. Prayers and thoughts for you
@MarieCoyle (28323)
2 Apr
I hope it all works out and goes smoothy for you and for him. Sometimes reaching the correct health care and getting it to happen is just a ton of work. Keep us posted!
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
What I came to understand is that the biggest drawback might be from fluid around his lungs and heart. The appointment was good because it was such a free exchange of ideas and health history. The more informed we are and they are, the more success.
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@MarieCoyle (28323)
3 Apr
@GardenGerty I truly hope that the treatments work well for him!
@grenery8 (1746)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
2 Apr
i really hope insurance will approve of this and that first suggestion of this in 2018 becomes true now. good luck
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
3 Apr
The VA (Veteran's Administration) has already said they will cover it. Now we just hope he is healthy enough for it.
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@grenery8 (1746)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
4 Apr
@GardenGerty hurrah to that!
@AmbiePam (85362)
• United States
1 Apr
I’ll pray things continue to progress.
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
Thank you so much, I appreciate it.
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@wolfgirl569 (94934)
• Marion, Ohio
1 Apr
I hope it all works out
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
Me too. Some of the alternatives if it does not, are just more of the same of what we have been doing for six years.
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@RasmaSandra (73298)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Apr
My prayers with him and blessings to you both,
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@GardenGerty (157547)
• United States
2 Apr
Thank you so very much.
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