Hey Champ, it's your Mum. Today you began hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in hopes of, once and for all, ridding your body of the recurrent infections and wound breakdown that have plagued you. A doctor once told us that "nothing we try with Forrest is for free" reminding us that in complex TBI cases, every treatment comes with some level of risk. With HBOT as you reach the greater pressures, you are at a increasing risk of seizures during the "dive" due to a neurological sensitivity to oxygen "toxicity". As usual, nothing frightens you and you offered your characteristic thumbs up to reassure me as you slid into the chamber! But the hour-long procedure is a little nerve-racking for us because, if you should have a seizure they cannot safely open the chamber until the pressures are normalized. But you came through smiling and your dive experience paid off today too. You did not have any trouble clearing your ears and normalizing the pressures. If you continue to tolerate the procedure, over the next few days the pressures will gradually be increased to a point that is known to successfully encourage revascularization of devitalized tissue and to treat chronic infections. We are hopeful that you will continue without any side effects and will be able to complete the course of treatment which is five hour long "dives" a week for 4 to 8 weeks.
No... it's not quite the same experience as our family dives on the great barrier reef, but we are hoping and praying that it will be a productive and healing journey for the Comeback Kid!