As mentioned numerous times in previous posts, we are looking into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Aidan as a supplement to all his other regular treatments. We have seen multiple positive reports on how HBOT has a positive impact with the treatment of damaged brain tissue. We checked with the doctor here at Carolinas Medical Center and gave an absolute thumbs down to the idea of performing HBOT on Aidan. We started looking into other locations (e.g., Miracle Mountain) for treatment after Aidan goes home.
A friend of Erin's connected us to a lady in Charlotte that does HBOT for children with autism. Her friend felt we would be perfect candidates. After calling the lady, she was all for it and even offered the first week of treatments (2 sessions per day for 5 days) for free! She suggested we call Dr. Corbier to get the prescription written, which we did and he did almost immediately.
We thought we were well on our way ... then we talked to our physiatrists. Neither were for the treatment. We spoke with Dr. Colleen (this is her first name ... her last name is German and a little tricky to pronounce) when we were looking into the treatment and looking for someplace to get it done. She wasn't fond of the idea. Dr. Nelson "rolled her eyes and scoffed" at Erin. Dr. Colleen quoted a single instance where a patient died due to aspiration when the child was fed before therapy. In our honest opinion, one death does not a "bad report" make.
We wanted to start HBOT while Aidan was here at Levine, but there may be a kebash put on that. According to Dr. Nelson, Medicaid will likely not approve transporting Aidan to and from HBOT 2x/day. She said it was "up to Social Services". She also feels that if we transport him even 1x/day for HBOT, then why should we have him here in the hospital?
Here is my take: HBOT has been done for years! The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) has thirteen accepted indications for HBOT. Only one involves the brain directly, even though studies have been performed that shows it is effective in brain injury, cerebral palsy, and stroke patients. It's OXYGEN, people!
Needless to say, we have already contacted the lady who offered the HBOT and I asked her to be in contact with all parties involved. We'll also be in contact with Dr. Corbier. Hopefully, we can take him while he is here. If not, he'll be going the day we leave the hospital.