The following is an abridged testimony of one of the first five veterans treated by Dr. Harch with HBOT for TBI and PTSD. This veteran was referred by a compassionate Army doctor who was unsuccessful with other treatments. His story is typical of the ability of HBOT to positively change the trajectory of a brain-injured individual’s life and literally give people back their lives.
I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in April 2003 when an ammunition bunker in Iraq was detonated within close proximity to my location. The concussion was tremendous and the negative effects immediate. Later on, after brain surgery to fix some damaged blood vessels, the disabilities became even more evident. Then, on March 1, 2007, I was in my home when an F4 tornado torn the place apart all around me. The sudden pressure changes from that event left me literally unable to cope with life.
Prior to my Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment beginning in June 2008, by Dr. Harch, I found myself living in a daily fog that was later diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Everything from my ability to think to my impatient, misery/depression filled interaction with my family and friends, to writing and reading was affected by this PTSD fog. My frustration levels were extremely high. My family life was compromised to the point of my wife feeling as though she had an adult child in the house and my son didn’t think I was very fun either!
Literally, during the first two Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments, I found parts of my brain waking up and the fogginess becoming less intrusive. By the time I finished 80 treatments, I had rediscovered the ability to enjoy reading a book again for the first time in five years! Writing this simple statement would have taken me three or four hours before treatment but now, a matter of fifteen minutes. I have high hopes of working full time after my medical retirement from the Army and most importantly, my wife and son still come up to me on occasion and just hug me.. They then mention how happy they are to have their husband and father back. I also found myself able to sleep again and feel refreshed!
For those who suffer with the fog and depression of TBI/PTSD, you will know how tremendously important those kinds gains are.. For the family members of those who suffer with this type of injury, the smiles and happiness from my wife and kids are testimony enough to know how much this treatment has given me back my life. God Bless!!
Complete testimonial can be found at http://www.hbot.com/testimonial/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-has-helped-beat-tbiptsd-veteran%E2%80%99s-testimony