|Hyberbaric oxygen therapy chamber|
As I've mentioned here before, in those days of desperation and blind hopes, we tried every approach and supplement we heard or read of. Often we repeated failed ones with a new "healer" just in case he'd be successful where a colleague of his hadn't.
I once tallied the number of "cures" we tried and reached 35. I never calculated the dollars and hours we squandered in those years when irrationality reigned.
Occasionally, the charlatans offered us free introductory sessions - which we invariably accepted. Once they started charging us, we often stopped the therapies. But there were those we pursued and financed for months - such as cranial sacral therapy, osteopathy (with two different osteopaths), acupuncture (both Japanese and Chinese), chiropractic (also with two different practitioners) and more. Some of the cures came in dark brown bottles and were home-brewed concoctions.
There was one compassionate woman, highly regarded in the world of this poppycock, who offered a grab bag of alternative remedies to C. without charge and indefinitely. After a couple of years, the futility of it finally struck us and we couldn't even bring ourselves to waste any more time on them, free though they were.
A healer in another city explained before the third - and last - free "introductory" treatment that he was "reconnecting C.'s brain cells". Despite the grip of desperation,we still retained a modicum of rationality and never trekked back to him.
I was reminded of his boast when I read this line in the above-cited Spectrum News article:
Once she pays off her $11,000 credit card debt from Cancun, Shearer knows what’s next: the Plasticity Brain Centers, which claims to reconnect neural pathways after their proprietary diagnostic technology pinpoints “the exact brain functions that need treatment.” Skye has tried other brain-related treatments, but this one, Shearer says, seems to take a different approach.Admittedly more sophisticated than the claim we'd gotten. But then our charlatan wasn't charging big bucks. In fact, while we did squander thousands of dollars, there were far more pricey snake oil cures on the market which we just couldn't afford. Thank goodness for our financial straits - I now know that some of those were actually risky (for instance hyperbaric oxygen therapy).
In any case, I highly recommend this piece to all you parents considering questionable treatments because there seem to be no other options out there.
Right now, we are still battling C.'s pressure sores, seeing significant progress with most but not all of them. Hoping the new diet - we reintroduced carbs after a hiatus of several years - will herald improvement in C.'s total protein/albumin levels and sore healing.
As for the edema she began sporting this past year, here (over on the right) is what her leg looked like one day this week. The doctor at the wound clinic saw it and wasn't concerned, so I've deleted it from my "worry list" (which is ample enough without as is).