1 October 2007
Elizabeth is nine years old. She was diagnosed two years ago with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Asperger’s Syndrome. We were relieved to have a diagnosis; however, conventional medicine offers no treatment or even hope for people with FAS. We were told to “go home and find a good family counselor, because you are going to need one. The problems she has today will be the same ones she has as an adult”. We did not accept that and continued to do research looking for anything that might provide improvement. A friend recommended researching HBOT. Praise God!
Elizabeth’s abilities were far beyond those of most of the children that Susan treats. She had no physical delays, no speech delays and no coordination delays. She went to school and was mainstreamed with no major modifications. She goes to a school with children from 27 different countries, many who English is their second language, so she does not even have trouble fitting in at school (there is no “normal”). She is also extremely gifted artistically. She is able to see details, far beyond what my mind sees. However, she does not see the proverbial forest for the trees.
Decision making, control of her fears, social interaction, and doing things that require more than one step were her biggest problems. She was impulsive to the extreme and made very bad decisions. She had a lot of problems with hording and stealing. She also had fears that she was unable to handle in an appropriate way (such as climbing out of a car window because of a spider the size of a knat). She was also unable to be around fire (even birthday candles) and unable to go to the movie. She was unable to do things that required the brain to do more than one step (such as telling time). Math was quickly becoming too difficult, as was anything that required memorization.
Since the treatments, the improvements have been amazing! She is doing much better in school. She is interacting with people in an age appropriate way. She is responding to her fears in an appropriate way. Her impulsivity control is so much better! She is noticing and considering others feelings. She is much more physically affectionate. Here are some examples:
- She has gotten an 80, 90 and 100 on her science tests this year (she did not pass ONE science test last year)!
- She is passing every subject with mostly high B’s, one C, and one A!
- She is able to order in a restaurant for herself. She never spoke to strangers.
- She is running for student council! This is a child that could not give a book report in front of 15 people, and she is planning on giving a speech in front of the whole school!
- She spoke to someone in church and told him a story about baking cookies (he speaks to her each week, but had never heard her voice before, and now she is telling him stories).
- She has been able to straighten her room, without someone telling her each step of the way what to do.
- Not one incident of stealing since the treatments (it was a very common occurrence before).
- She can be faced with a decision with a very clear right and wrong and is now making the right decision (she did not do this before).
- Her fear of fire is no longer overwhelming (she roasted marshmallows for the first time!).
- Her fear of spiders is no longer overwhelming (now she just asks us to kill them).
- Loud noises are not as much of a problem.
- She initiates hugs and says, “I love you” first.
- She has allowed other people to hug her without cringing (before only mom could do that).
- She “gets” jokes. Before, she was so literal, that she never understood jokes. She is even telling them!
- She is dreaming for the first time in her life.
- She now realizes when someone is sad and tries to comfort them.
I really could go on and on! We have seen changes that are going to positively affect her entire life. For the first time, in a long time, I have hope that she will grow up and lead a fairly normal life. She is still a handful and there are things that are harder for her than they are for other children. But, she is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were in June.
We came a long way (from Belgium) and spent the summer in California. Elizabeth had a difficult time adjusting to the chamber, which made the treatments hard for everyone (even Susan). But, she is doing so well! It was worth every second, every mile, and every penny! God healed Elizabeth through Hyperbarics. I praise Him with all of my heart for it.
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