Finding M.D, Stevens of the Mikey Center is nothing short of a miracle. My family and I feel we are truly blessed and look forward to a long, unbreakable friendship with her.
My grandson, Giovanni, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy over 2 years ago. He will be 3 on March 18th of this year. Needless to say, it hasn't been easy for any of us to accept this. We have all pulled together to give each other strength and encouragement throughout this ordeal, but it wasn't until M.D. and I found each other that the true benefits of hyperbaric therapy proved itself to be miraculous!
Gio had his first 6 hours in the chamber back in December of 2008. While none of us really expected to see any changes yet, Gio proved it otherwise. Approximately 2 weeks after the treatment, my family and I starting comparing notes as to the differences we each saw in him. Mind you, that was only after 6 hours. We all agreed that he was indeed more relaxed, had fewer muscle spasms and was a happier child. But the real surprises were yet to come.
Gio and his daddy spent a week in Sarasota in January doing as many hours as possible and his mom and I switched off with him to do another week. This time he had done approximately 40 more hours but the results were evident in about a week after coming home. Weight gain is a problem in many children with CP and Gio was a poster child for kids who don't want to eat. But that has changed drastically. This boy is now eating as if he hadn't eaten his whole life and can really put the food away. He eats several times a day and has gained at least 3 pounds since his last session. That may not sound like a lot of weight but when you have a child who has been stuck at 21 pounds for the past year, it's a lot! The next option was going to be a feeding tube and I personally hated that idea. Maybe that's what got me fired up about an alternative treatment.
Anyway, while Gio had spoken a few times in the past, mainly repeating what he hears and never letting anyone see him do it, he now says things on his own. His best line yet was "Oh, my God!". Quite befitting considering the situation.
His neck and back have grown stronger, too, and can sit unsupported for a longer period of time and this is only going to improve. His whole attitude has changed and while he was always a pleasant little boy to be around, when he says your name or makes you laugh it's absolutely priceless! He can call out your name and20if you don't see him do it, he laughs when you beg him to say it again!
These are only a few changes but each one of them are more precious than platinum. I know in my heart that he will not be in a wheelchair because he has grown so much stronger since starting the hyperbaric treatments and I am one who truly believes in miracle s. If there is a spark, there CAN be a flame. I've seen this for myself.
Giovanni's grateful grandmother.
Thank you, M.D. Stevens and your son, Mikey, without whom, none of this would be possible.
MY NAME IS DEB AND I AM 52 YEARS OLD. IN 2005 I SUFFERED A CLOSED HEAD INJURY DUE TO A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT. I HAVE BECOME DISABLED DUE TO THIS INJURY. WHILE SEVERAL OPERATIONS HAVE FIXED MY LEG ENOUGH SO THAT I CAN GET AROUND FINE WITH NO PAIN, I STILL SUFFER THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAD INJURY.
I RECENTLY BEGAN SEEING A DIFFERENT NEUROLOGIST WHO THOUGHT HE COULD HELP ME. THIS WAS EXCITING AS ALL OF MY OTHER DOCTORS HAD TOLD ME I HAD PRETTY MUCH RECOVERED ALL I WAS GOING TO AND WOULD HAVE TO RELEARN WHAT WAS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. THE NEW NEUROLOGIST RECOMMENDED AN IMPROVED DIET, VARIOUS SUPPLEMENTS AND PRESCRIBED 30 HOURS IN A HYPERBARIC CHAMBER.
I BEGAN VISITING THE MIKEY CENTER ON MAY 7TH AND SO FAR HAVE COMPLETED 4 SESSIONS. I AM STARTING TO NOTICE SOME CHANGES.
THE HEAD INJURY CAUSED ME TO LOSE MY APPETITE AS WELL AS MOST OF MY SENSE OF SMELL AND TASTE. MY HUSBAND WOULD HAVE TO TELL ME TO EAT OR I WOULDN’T. SINCE STARTING THE SESSIONS MY APPETITE HAS IMPROVED. (I GET FLASHES OF SMELL AND TASTE AND HOPE THEY RETURN FULLY.)
I HAVE LOADS OF ENERGY SINCE STARTING THE SESSIONS. THIS WEEK I HAD TO STOP TAKING ONE OF MY PRESCRIBED STIMULANTS AT NIGHT BECAUSE I COULDN’T GO TO SLEEP. THE HBOT ENHANCES THE EFFECT OF MEDICATIONS.
I HAVE NOTICED SOME SMALL IMPROVEMENTS IN MY SHORT TERM MEMORY AND MY ABILITY TO THINK QUICKLY. WHEN JOKING WITH MY HUSBAND AT LEAST TWICE RECENTLY I HAVE COME RIGHT BACK AT HIM WITH A SNAPPY COMEBACK.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE IMPROVEMENTS. MY COORDINATION AND FINE MOTOR CONTROL IS STILL OFF. MY BRAIN PROCESSING SPEED IS STILL MUCH SLOWER THAN PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. I CONTINUE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN MY SPEECH ABILITY. I AM HOPING THAT CONTINUED SESSIONS IN THE HBOT CHAMBER WILL ALLOW ME TO EASILY RETRIEVE INFORMATION STORED IN MY BRAIN LIKE I USE TO.
I FIND THE SESSIONS VERY RELAXING. ONCE IT GETS TO THE HIGHER ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE AND I CLEAR MY EARS I TYPICALLY GO TO SLEEP FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SESSION.