~ KellieThank you for all the messages of prayers and support! Andrew did GREAT in the “spaceship chair” again today…as did Daddy and Pickle the Pig. … Lots of questions about Andrew, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, cerebral palsy and the bone marrow stem cell transplant that Andrew will be getting soon. Most of your questions can be answered by reading thru the blog that I have been keeping for the last 2 and a half years (since Andrew was diagnosed). I am linking it below. Read the page linked directly and then click on the “Educational Info” tab on the top and read thru that page. Most of your questions can be answered on those 2 pages.
Some have asked what we are hoping to achieve with these treatments for Andrew. In short, the best & most highly functional life for Andrew as possible. As you will read on the blog, Andrew has seen VERY SIGNIFICANT improvements from these treatments in the past. We will continue to do them until he no longer sees progress. We know that God is the ultimate healer and we feel very blessed to have found some amazing doctors who do things very differently than the mainstream. These “alternative” treatments all together — both what Andrew gets on an ongoing basis at home and what he gets in intensive treatments in the summers — have CHANGED ANDREW’S WORLD in very positive and significant ways!
Specifically to the questions about the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, it feels a lot like when you scuba dive in there — lots of pressure — you have to equalize your ears. Andrew is getting MUCH better at it now that it is his 3rd round of dives, but we bring in fruit chews for him to chew on just in case he is having a hard time equalizing his ears — the chewing motion will open up the ear drums most times.
Here is the blog link:http://