Saturday, April 26, 2008

raffle for hyperbarics therapy

Ok, so most of you know what happened with my baby (if not read my blog). Anyway, he is having lots of health issues which I am not going to go into detail about. He suffered from lack of oxygen at birth and there was some brain injury because of that.This might be long but I just need to show you how God works sometimes.
I was at the neurologist couple of months ago and came upon the Dr. magazine. I end up reading about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. It is used for those that have had traumatic brain injuries and have been deprived of oxygen (some other things also). Anyway, so I get really excited and all worked up telling my husband & in laws I'm going to move to California/Florida/or Wisconsin because I'm gonna get this therapy for him.( yes, for those of you who know Leah, we were already planning for me to stay over there with her and Tony could visit of course --haha--)Then I end up getting discouraged for many different reason.
Weeks later my brother in law comes out of no where and hands me a package of information he sent for (yes, he did this behind my back---gotta love the guy). So, yet again---excitement----then discouragement.
It then comes up again by a parent on cafemom. I pretty much by this time put it on the back burner and let it go.Now a couple of days ago I get a message from someone on cafemom asking me where I'm from ......turns out she is from Corpus and is going through the same things with her baby. Her baby is a month older than Joshua! Well without making this longer....she took her baby to get hyperbaric oxygen treatments and she went to San Antonio!!!!!!!!! It turns out San Antonio and I believe Dallas are the only places here in Texas that have it at this moment.
I strongly believe the Lord put this person in my path for a reason. Now, this therapy is not a fast cure of any sort. People have seen many results from it. I am not expecting a quick miracle (through the lord anything is possible though) but I do want to give my Joshua the opportunity to try this therapy. I am going to run with this full force and don't plan on getting discouraged this time.
The therapy consists of placing the child in an oxygen chamber and increasing the pressure of oxygen (not harmful). This is suppose to "awaken" the part of the brain that was deprived of oxygen. Some people have seen more alertness, eye sight improvement, smiles for the first time.....there are other case studies that have improved greatly (won't get into that). Honestly I just don't have anything to lose. I don't want to live thinking "what if..."
Here is how you can help us. We are thinking about selling raffle tickets of some sort. We need to raise money for this. It is not covered by insurance at all. It is expensive. He will need at least one round of treatments to start off. There are about 40 sessions for the first round. This means it will be at least about $4,000 for just one round (40 sessions). Then later on in the year we go for a second round of treatments. So, once we get the raffle going and straight out all the details I will need people to help buy tickets and possibly sell. If you can not help, please just pray. Prayer goes a long way!!!!!!! After all, my Joshua is living proof. I will keep you posted when I get more info. Thanks so much for your prayers, support, and love. I really appreciate it.

FYI: Comfort travel center is the website my husband currently has. We opened this hoping it would help bring in the income I no longer bring (staying home with the baby right now). Honestly, we have not really seen much out of it. We are thinking about maybe raffling off a trip from his website to raise the money needed for the therapy.


Angie said...

Mrs. Myra, I want you to know how proud I am that you have taken this on full force although it is hard. God will continue to give you knowledge to help your child. Remember that Joshua is God's child first, he then entrusted him to you and Tony. Keep believeing and praying. You have an army praying behind you and over your family.

God Bless, Angie