My wife has been in a nursing home for over two years. Why? She suffered a minor stroke and was sent to a nursing home for rehab. The thought was that skilled nursing home therapists would return her to health. During her stay she suffered bouts with pneumonia and had to have surgery. As a consequence, we were eventually told that she had reached a plateau and could not get better so our insurance company declined to continue the physical therapy. Unfortunately, this seems a common trend among nursing homes and insurance companies. In my own case, I hired an aide to come twice a week for therapy (playing catch, riding a bicycle contraption she could negotiate from her wheelchair, various arm and leg exercises) in an attempt to keep her enjoying life the best she could under the circumstances. Naturally I would like her to be home and enjoy what happiness we have left. Her mind is very good and she wants to come out for visits and rides when she feels up to it. I am happy to be close enough to visit her regularly and dine with her often.
I called our primary care physician to get approval to stop my warfarin for my upcoming hernia surgery. I had read in Dr. Whitaker’s HEALTH & HEALING about a patient regaining function after a stroke with use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which delivers concentrated oxygen to tissues throughout the body, “wake up” damaged brain cells and restores lost function–even when administered weeks, months and years after a stroke. HBOT is also an effective therapy for Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, injuries, and wounds. It is as if God had finally answered my prayers, having the opportunity to tell Dr. Cone about the journal news. I asked her if she ever heard of Dr. Whitaker and she said she did and also has been fighting to get this therapy recognized and utilized throughout the medical establishment but is not listened to or due to medical politics (for which, you my readers, may well be acquainted in your own family experiences.
My efforts for my wife merely make her life in a wheelchair bearable and her physical being probably at a minimum for life worth living. I have not given up hope with prayer keeping me sane.
I also read of a research project based upon the above and conducted by Dr. Whitker’s Wellness Clinic for a testing of stroke victims covering a period of weeks to months to years and results were amazing. Yet, the medical profession and our government sees no need to rock the boat about trying this therapy. Is it cost? Is it a refusal to further test nationwide such therapy? The consequences of doing nothing is seen in my own family experience. I am told that this therapy for stroke has been known for over fifteen years and the small cadre of researchers and where Dr. Cone remains a voice in the wilderness. Do a search on HBOT for more.