As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Getting back on track.

Since Daniel and Bryce aren’t sick anymore, we started back up on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) yesterday. The slightest runny nose prevents you from being able to dive. I think it has something to do with the pressurizing of the ears as you dive. Anyways, we’re back on track with that and had session number 4 yesterday of 60 consecutive sessions, 5 days a week.

I wanted to address some questions people may have, but may not want to ask. It’s a couple of those hard ball questions that I know I would have if I heard about any type of treatment for autism, especially if it’s out of the norm for therapies.

I’d like to start out by saying that there is no known cure for autism at this time, but there are ways to treat autism. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is just another one of those therapies out there that families hope will help there child in some small way, even if it’s minor and no one but them notices the change.

This brings me to my next point. We’re not trying to change Bryce. Autism doesn’t define who he is, and I know a lot of people could argue there heart off with that. Even if this treatment gets rid of all the autism symptoms, he’s still going to be Bryce. Maybe he’ll have a bit more of a wardrobe selection rather than always wanting to wear the same t-shirt every single day, but he’ll still be himself. We’re hoping this will reduce some of his symptoms. Like his, come-out-of-no-where-hit-the-deck-run-for-your-life tantrums, for example, which I’m sure I’m not the only parent, autism or not, alone on that one.

This isn’t even about making his life easier, or even making our lives easier as parents. This is about making Bryce’s life better.

Being able to communicate with his peers, or even interact with them in a way that he struggles to be able to do now, or just that social interaction and connection, that would be amazing. Just pure raw communication in general would be great. He is able to tell me something, and in most circumstances, a bit of details, but not always in a degree that everyone can fully understand. I’m not even joking when I say I don’t understand everything Bryce says, and I’m his mother! That in itself scares me. Imagine your child has something to say, something to tell you, and the words were just not there, or what they said didn’t make any sense to you and they were never understood. That thought alone, it just destroys me.

If this HBOT doesn’t do anything, and it doesn’t end up showing any results, despite all the time and money invested, we will have no regrets. As a parent you always want what is best for your child. You want the world to acknowledge them, accept them, and appreciate them. You can’t put a value on that. There should be nothing you wouldn’t do for your child.

Acknowledge. Accept. Appreciate. Autism.

We will be documenting this whole HBOT experience and sharing pictures, videos, and reporting everything we can on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you have any questions for us, or just questions in general that we may be able to answer, please contact us.

Thanks for reading,

To learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat autism, please visit Vitalia Health Care.

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