On September 21st, 2015, I started a series of 40 hyperbaric oxygen therapy dives.
Sept. 21: Today will be my 1st dive. I arrived at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of Arizona, LLC facility around 0930, filled out some paperwork, had my blood pressure checked.
I entered the chamber and just before 10:00 AM there were three other patients in the chamber with me. I was fitted with a mask and similar to one a pilot would wear. A session in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is known as a “dive”, this comes from the extensive use of these chambers in both recreational and commercial SCUBA diving industry for treatment of the Bends. (The bends, also known as decompression sickness (DCS) or Caisson disease occurs in scuba divers or high altitude or aerospace events when dissolved gases (mainly nitrogen) come out of solution in bubbles and can affect just about any body part or area including joints, lung, heart, skin and brain.)
Once the proper pressure is reached, which for this dive was 1.5 ATA, I was breathing 100% medical grade oxygen. The chamber got a tad bit warm and I wasn’t sure if it was because of the number of people or if the AC wasn’t being utilized. I was sweating profusely. As we were beginning to exit the chamber we found out that a workman had inadvertently left an outside door open which caused the AC to be less than effective.
I was told after each dive to drink plenty of water to re-hydrate the body because of cells throughout the body being activated. The sensation that I felt after I left the chamber and started driving home was kind of a buzzing feeling not painful in any way just a buzzing or tingling sensation. From now on I will be doing the dives at the 8:00 session. By 8:30 that first night I was exhausted and in bed.