Monday, January 05, 2009

Hyperbaric Chamber

Andrea will go into the hyperbaric chamber every day Monday thru Friday, about 2 hours a day for 30 sessions, then they will assess her situation.
The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center's doctors, nurses and technicians are super nice and understanding. It took all morning to check in and to be seen by the doctor, but at 1 p.m. Andrea took her first dive in the chamber. To me it looks like a small submarine with seats lining each wall. It lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes. She said the stabbing pain in her cheek hurt a lot and more often in the chamber, so tomorrow they will try a mask instead of the helmet. The doctor at Memorial Hermann believes the cheek pain is trigeminal neuralgia, so we will return to MDA at the end of the month to see if the pain doctor agrees with her. The Hyperbaric Doctor said that in the past 19 years she has seen only about 12 patients with close to the same case study as Andrea's. Some cases improved and some didn't get worse. We appreciate your prayers for the best outcome possible, as we pray for the total healing from God.


Carolyn Frazier said...

Dear Andrea -- my thoughts and prayers are with you always. I hope this chamber does the trick. Our family has had some experience with trigeminal neuralgia and I just recently located a very good doctor who is at Hermann. That can definitely be treated.

Keep strong. I know your faith helps so much to get you through all of this.



Anonymous said...

Thank you for updating us on Andrea. I read your blog and we pray for Andrea everyday! Love Chrs Pfeiffer

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea, please know that I pray for you often. Congratulations on becoming an Aunt! God Bless You!

Your Brother in Christ!

Anonymous said...

I think you alll deserve your own medical degrees!! Wow! What experiences and what wonderful people you have met and witnessed to!! Each and every person you meet has God's love wrapped around them from so many prayers that come your way. We continue to lift ours up, believing in our faithful God! Please remember that us San Antonians love you too!! And congrats on sweet Levi! How exciting. We want to hear all about him. Send that info, Kathy and let's keep in touch!! Hug each other for us! We love you --Doug & Gay (