THE GREAT GIFT
I have been in the world of helping folks since I began my internship in 1960. Let me share with you the great gift that this life has given me. It took me a long time to realize the value of this gift, so I share it here with you, lest you waste more life without realizing the gift we have been given.
First let me preface this with my view of love. I believe, "THE LOVE YOU FEEL IS THE LOVE YOU GIVE AWAY."
Have you ever had a relationship where the other person expressed love or was in love with you and you weren’t in love them? Probably you have. You saw it. Okay, but did you FEEL IT? So then, what is this great gift and how do we find it in our own lives?
For those of us that give much to others, (Moms, Dads, supporting friends and extended family) especially, eventually realize that they are better for their efforts. We do it because we choose to whether we chose it because we saw no other way, because someone needed us, wanted to be a martyr or hero, makes no difference. The circumstances that test us often bring out the best of us or make us better people that we might not have brought out without that need. Sometimes it takes longer for someone who chooses to be a Doctor, Nurse or Therapist because they may be just busy doing their job. Then, we realize what a privilege it is to watch someone getting better. Then, we find that it more satisfying then most other activities. Work is therapeutic but this is more than that.
It has been a wonderful gift, being able to serve others. As we love others, we love ourselves. Think about it. We’ve all heard "Love your neighbor as yourself". That’s harder to do, put that way but it seems to be easier to observe the reason, (gratitude?) to love those others and all of a sudden you’ve come to love yourself. In our humanity, it easy to over weigh the things of which we may not be so proud. Hey, that’s the being a human. Don’t be so egocentric, you’re more like others than you know. But now, look at the gift given you.
Our patients allow us to be a positive part of their lives. What a gift. How much we have been given.
Thank you all for this GREAT GIFT. We cherish the joy and love we get to feel, because you allow us to serve you.
This may be a good time to give your loved one the gift of Hyperbaric Oxygen adjunctive care. Turning on more neurons and healing for them may just be a GREAT GIFT for you too.
Love ya! Dr. Al
Read the following and tell me who got the greater gift:
The Cab Ride
When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many cab drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, and then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she asked.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.
'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'.
'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.
'I don't have any family left,' she continued. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.'
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. 'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said.
You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life. We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware: beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
Watching a child hold its head erect when before it couldn't, hearing from a Mom or Grandma that their three year old starting sipping water for the first time and a week later starts on soft baby foods, or eyes opening and a face smiling on a child that never did before, these are the things that keep us pushing to get to more children.
We have been rewarded with saving 98 year old ladys leg, that had already been measured and marked for amputation. We have smiled and enjoyed the warmth of watching a lady that had had a stroke a couple years prior, be able to walk further and progress to the point she could move out of the facility where she had been living and move back with her family. We are moved by these accomplishments and it was nice that the older lady lived to just over 101 and still kept that leg, but when we change the quality of LIFE in a child, we know that that child, the entire family and that quality improvement is for decades and decades.
Not magicians, just treating with pure oxygen under pressure. That breath of Life turning on cells is so simple. It puts into motion chemical, and biological actions that are very compex, but the therapy is not complex. When done with proper protocols, this is one of the few areas of medicine where side effects are nil and the up side is sometimes unbelievable.
While you can live a while without food, and hours without water - Try living 5 minutes without oxygen!
Some more GOOD NEWS! Every time I get on the internet and often more and more in periodicals and journals there are new articles about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Some are testimonials and many are documentations and reports of main stream medicine finally waking up to this safe supportive, often life and/or tissue saving modality.
As many of you know, with no ability to patent a therapy, drug companies have no interest in it. Since most money for research is for patentable products, guess what? It become an orphan treatment. So, it has taken many years for hbo to get this far into the healing arts. Medical schools do not teach it and if they mention chambers at all, it may only be about divers and other folks susceptible to the bends. Doctors who want to get into it, can and do take special courses and training but only after they have read something and persued the subject (as I did) or knew someone who was involved.
I just read a very good article in "Alternative Medicine" (Feb. 2006) by Kathy Summers. Apparently Ms. Summers had stopped into our office but, as I understand it, her Blue Cross-Blue Shield would pay the hospital but not a free-standing facility. She did go to a hospital in Scottdale, Arizona and really got great results. You might look it up and read her article.
The fact that the insurance company erroneously pays $1000.00 to $2000.00 an hour for the exact same treatment as free-standing centers who usually charge $150. to $250. an hour (we are $150.) shows how stuck they are in misinformation. We are often less then the patients 80/20 co-payment.
Yes, we are still on the forefront of what should be available to every patient at affordable fees but not near as the pioneers that have been yelling in the wind for over 30 years.
If the patient has a condition that was caused by or causes a hypoxic condition, the chances are very good that they will benefit from high dose (under pressure) breathing oxygen. The gas laws and physiology take care of the problem to whatever degree it is possible.
Every Life Deserves World Class Care!
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Enhancing Neurological Progress
By Albert G. Reach
Our quest is not helped by the “no patent, no promotion” culture in which we live. This is true to doctors as well as the general public. When there is little incentive to promote a medical protocol, it is neglected. As parents and caregivers it’s up to us to make certain that all that can be done, has been. We must dig, investigate, and ask questions. If not pushed by drug companies and vested interests and not taught in medical schools, we won’t necessarily learn all our options. We are dedicated to our loved ones. Rewards and satisfaction of helping them are earned by diligence, enormous responsibility and vigilance.
This is evident when we look into the medical uses of breathing 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. For decades, clinical evidence and research has proved the benefits of the judicious use of this simple technology. Germany, England, Russia, Japan, and China are way ahead of us routinely using Hbot with many conditions, including (though not limited to) Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, near drowning, and stroke.
Slowly, it has increasingly become available in the U.S. So, why? What is it?
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is the breathing of 100% oxygen while in a chamber under pressure slightly above normal. Oxygen, a gas at this time, dissolves directly into the plasma while saturating the red blood cells. The oxygen that is used by tissues must be in the fluids and this method delivers up to ten times the amount that the red blood cells can deliver if they can get through (which in many conditions, can not). Often, neurological wound damage comes from the cascade of events following reduced blood flow and lack of oxygen. However, among the damaged cells, there are idling cells: cells that have had enough oxygen to remain alive but not enough to “fire” and fully function. We see improvement after a non-fatal stroke. As the initial swelling goes down, circulation improves, delivering enough oxygen for some these sleeping or idling cells to start up again. Then, when we dissolve oxygen into the plasma (under pressure), the vasoconstriction takes even more pressure away while at the same time floods the cells with the oxygen. During hyperbaric oxygen treatments more of these cells are “kick started”. Another function of oxygen under pressure is that it can establish new capillaries, so our improvements are not lost.
HbOT is an adjunctive procedure that works well with standard treatments and does not compete with them. Don’t assume your Doctor is familiar or been exposed to everything, because most professionals have not been taught about the effects that hyperbaric oxygenation can produce. We still don’t see it routinely available. However, motivated individuals are opening many freestanding, non hospital facilities making it as available and affordable as possible. This is amazing, safe, and simple. It helps and that’s what counts.
We now have the internet. Read, learn and be pro-active in your destiny. Folks are here to help!
THINK ABOUT IT! HOW SIMPLE!
YET, MIRACLE-LIKE TO SOME.
Love ya! agr
(By the way, one of our dedications is: Better health at lower cost.)
If you have a patient that needs hyperbaric services, or want more information, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to consult with physicians and family about the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.