#4 More Oxygen

Every Monday, I plan to publish a past communication or two about Eric Russ and his Health Journey that originally appeared in Caring Bridge.  For anyone with a “health opportunity” as my nurse friend calls it, I hope these posts are helpful.

Oxygen Sessions for Eric

Eric did an oxygen session last night and is back in the Hyperbaric Chamber this morning.  See attached photo.One of the things that can be confusing and a bit heart wrenching to anyone taking care of someone with a serious illness is that there can be constant ups and downs.  “He’s better, he’s worse.  There is hope, it’s over. This is working, it’s not working.  Things are gonna be OK, well who knows….”  So please keep that in mind as you read.

I had said I was looking into hospice, and we did that, but we are not ready for that.  We needed the information, and now we have it. So Eric remains in “Palliative Care” which means that both comfort and life-enhancing measures are in motion.  Please continue to see him alive and well.  That is his request.

Here’s to Oxygen!

Lots of Time in the Chamber!

Eric is spending quite a bit of time in the Oxygen Chamber — hour and a half sessions.  The woman who is lending it to us says there is something magical about the 20 hour mark — improvements begin to show up.  But we are finding improvements for him already, including slightly increased stamina, and are looking forward to more positive shifts.  We’ll keep you posted.

I went into the chamber myself once and so did Eric’s sister Corrinne.  Corrinne thoroughly enjoyed her time.  I felt euphoric for hours afterwards, and felt like any troubles I might have had when I went into the chamber disappeared completely.  It made me wonder about treating things like depression, sadness, etc. with oxygen.  I felt positively invincible when I came out.  I felt like myself, I thought, “Oh, yes, I remember exactly who I am.”  It was pretty significant for me.  Jim Reed was at our house when I emerged from the chamber and he can tell you it’s true!

Keep sending those positive thoughts for Eric and his well-being.  Thank you!

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