Thanks for your awesome support and prayers during my hyperbaric oxygen treatments. You are my social support team. You also provided me a list of more than 90 movies to watch! How about that! I took about 30 movies off the list because I had already seen or could not watch (Night at the Museum is too scary. I can’t run from the room like I do at home!) The movie list gives me hope that I will not get too bored through the treatments.
My heart beats a little faster the first minutes in the oxygen bubble. I have little control for the next two and half hours. I can knock on the clear glass but I cannot immediately jump up and walk away. The oxygen pressure has to be reduced gradually first, so I am stuck and learning to relax and not worry. God teaches us in many ways.
I had a dream after the first night of treatment. Dreamed I was speeding in a race car down one of those multilevel, circular, mad Dallas-type highways, steering from the passenger’s back seat and peeking around the person in front of me. Wheels tilted over the pavement edge! No one sat in the drivers’ seat! Then I looked and saw someone driving. A thin, middle aged man with short cropped blond hair. He smiled. It was Mead, my oxygen treatment tech. I woke and realized I have put my life in his hands.
I did not watch a movie the first day but prayed and dozed for 2 ½ hours. The bubble is too cold for me to sleep, even though I am up to eight blankets, four hospital blankets doubled. Most of the time when the movie ends, I have time to meditate.
Movies I watched. The first movie I declined after 2 minutes. Already had nudity. (I forgot to take a movie with me.) Then the tech started the next choice. Here are the movies I have watched so far.
Actually I watched a 10th movie. Leaning Spanish words in preparation for our mission trip to Nicaragua. I have finished 10 movies with 50 more to go!
The treatments are easy and I am feeling fine. They are to help improve my health now and for the future. Radiation can have long term negative effects, especially if you had too much, so these oxygen treatments are helpful for current healing and also preventive care.
You are loved,