So, today on MS world day 2017, I went for my trail session of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. 20 minutes breathing pure oxygen, I was in the chamber for a total of 30 minutes with 2 others also trialling the therapy.
I didn’t mind being in the chamber, it was a little daunting hearing the solid metal door being closed and the lock being tightened. My heart started to race but I soon calmed that down with my yoga breathing!
I felt a little claustrophobic because the mask has to fit so tight, I kept feeling short of breath and hearing yourself breathing is very off putting!
Eventually I regulated my breathing but only for a short time, it was every time I heard the 2 other people’s breathing change, that’s when I would notice my own breath again. Once more I tried yoga breathing (Pranayama) but soon realised I didn’t need to inhale quite as deeply with the mask on!
There is an option of wearing a hood instead of a mask. So you basically look like you work in the forensic department at the FBI! 🙊😂
The session was soon over but I’m not sure how quickly the full one hour session would pass!
An intensive course is recommended when first starting, which is 16 sessions over 5 weeks. Each session costing £16 for MS patients and £45 for short term conditions! Gulp!!
£16 doesn’t sound much but when you have 3 sessions a week for 5 weeks, it soon adds up.
This price is heavily subsidised through the charities fundraising as its actual cost should be £50 per person!
I did actually notice a little less cog fog after the 20 minute session which I wasn’t expecting to feel any different.
I shall do some more thinking about this treatment & if I think I could stand being in there for a whole hour?
When you’re directed to the only free isle in the supermarket, you look up and see that the cashier is your ex!
In that split second you make the choice to stay and start unpacking the trolley!
She see’s you and flushes! That’s right Vix, you got this, just another person!
Conversation starts as she packs your bag for you. You talk back in a normal tone, just pleasantries. Forgetting everything that happened in the past, I might have poor short term memory recall skills but my long-term memory is perfect!
In my head I tell her I forgive her for everything! Because everything that happened 18-19 years ago, shaped who I am today and for that I am grateful!
Anyone that knows me from that time in my life, I’m sure you will remember my attitude towards the situation!
So you will know how momentous this mornings events are!
This confirms to me that my health coaching sessions are paying off and I am becoming a better version of myself!
We ate what we wanted, drank what we wanted, took selfies with no make up on, laughed so much we might have pee’d a little and just basically had a flipping incredible time!
I don’t feel guilty about it, neither am I going to punish myself by not eating or exercising until I’ve worked off those extra calories, (frankly that would be impossible!)
I may think about cutting back a little but it won’t be much different to what I ate/drank before!
(She says with a cookie in her hand!… Hey its ok, its gluten free! 😉😂)
Life is all about balance!