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He had me at … NORMAL

hyperbaric chamberI had every intention of writing a post earlier than this, but between catching the flu, having a car accident and trying to process some news I never expected to receive, I am a little late with this post.  But it will be well worth the wait.  I so promise!

Since the poisoning (KILZ)  and mold incident, I have been doing lots of researching, trying new herbal remedies, taking the Amazing Grass and basicall working my behind off trying to get my health back.

In my mind, I was striving for complete health recovery … from FMS and ME … as well as from the accident.  After twenty years of doctors not having answers, as well as the massive amount of rearch I have been doing, plus lots of trial and error testing my hypothesis, I have become convinced that complete recovery is possible.  But … not at the hands of the Veterans Administration.

This past year has been an incredibly difficult and challenging one.  I have gained 40 pounds and most of it was gained in a two week period.  Plus I had put on 45 inches in two weeks.  That is absolutely not possible from eating too much and I knew that.

But no matter what I did or did not do, how much I was able to work out, how much I detoxed, rested, and on and on, nothing worked.

And these gaining scenario happend three separated times last year.

In addition, I purchased my first home with my Veterans Loan, as well as a new car.  Suffice it to say the car was super easy and stressless but the house was a nightmare.  I have never been under that kind of stress in my entire life!  Wow!  Next time I will go with a broker, not a realtor!

So as last year wound down and this year started up, I had come to a place where I knew if I was going to get my health back and return to my life that has been on hold since 1992, I needed help.

As you all know, I do not like doctors so I was a little leery and cautious when I decided to see a doctor that two of my friends were seeing and loved.

I’m so glad I did.  Because in a short matter of time, he had me at … normal!

The first thing he wanted to do was $1,100 worth of blood work.  Something I desperately need done but have been unable to do.

Of course, in my head I’m thinking,

Holy Cow!  How am I going to cover that out of my pocket?  Really?

Then he told me he wanted to do Vitamin C Ivy every week.  Another $100 per Ivy.

Groan …

He finished with his opinion that I was a perfect candidate for hyperbaric chamber treatment and was recommending 40-80 treatments.  These would be done every day!

My mind is now quickly adding these treatments and tests up and I’m thinking,

I’m going to be broke for the rest of my life!

I bluntly told him I could not afford all these treatments and tests.  However, I also told him I was totally game as I had been reading up on these treatments and knew the results were phenomenal.

For instance, they are able to cure Polio 100% of the time with the vitamin C Ivy!  How cool is that!? Or heal brain injuries to such a point in the hyberbaric chamber that language ability is even more pronounced then before the injury in some cases!

His next words brought me to tears and left me stunned for several days!  (you can ask my friends.   I was at a loss for words and I never am.  ha ha)

He told me he was an Army Vet and thought if he and I worked together we could get the VA to cover most of the blood work.

Also, he was over-seeing a brain injury study that was going to be happening for Veterans and he thought I was a good candidate for the study.  So if I was accepted into the study, I would get the hyperbaric chamber treatments at not cost.

He also thought it might be possible to include the Ivy treatments and perhaps the left over blood work with the study!  If I had to pay anything, he would work with me!

Then he said the words I never thought I would hear, nor expected.

I’m sure we can get you back to normal


Even now it brings me to tears.  I don’t even know what normal looks like for me anymore.  But oh the things I could do if energy deficits, pain, memory issues, etc were a thing of the past!

And there it was.  In the back of my mind and deep in my heart.


I thought he had left a long time ago, but in that moment I realized that he was just biding his time until the door of possibility opened.

And open it has …


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11 thoughts on “He had me at … NORMAL”

  1. Linda says:

    Wow!! I did not realize you were going through these treatments. I have a friend who is treating his cancer naturally and as a result goes for regular IV treatments. While at the clinic getting his IV, there are others with CFS/ME getting the IV Vit C. He highly recommended it to me (through what they were telling him). Glad you’re on this journey and looking forward to hearing all about it!

    1. Dominique says:

      Thanks Linda I’m really excited. Just hoping they don’t make me crash but the doctor didn’t think they would! So … here goes.

    2. lynn shane weiss says:

      I do saline IV’S once a week and they do help. I believe we metabolize through our system with IV’s and transdermal therapy much better than orally. I also have gone through the 40 pound loss and gain for no logical reason.

      1. Dominique says:

        Lynne – I can’t wait to see how they work for me. You are the second person to tell me you are doing them and that they work. So awesome!

  2. Lillie Ammann says:

    Praying that you are successful at returning to normal!

    1. Dominique says:

      Rhank you Lillie. Me too!!

    2. Dominique says:

      Me too Lillie!!

  3. phylor says:

    I hope all goes well with your treatments. Sounds like you have a knowledgeable doctor who cares.
    I have been having the same weight gain issues (starting in March 2011). I will really work at it, and once I’m within reach of my starting point (or close to it) the cycle begins again, gaining at least 2 pounds a week with no change in diet, medication, level of activity. I’m fighting yet another round (this is my 5th gain period). Blood tests okay, cortisol (the stress hormone and reason why fat is gained on abdomen) normal, glucose better than usual, etc. Drs. don’t appear interested; put off to meds or menopause, but no new meds/dosage and stopped hrt in 2003 (took on and off from 1994).
    So, while I will be cheering you on throughout the process, I will listening for discussions of the weight gain — explanations, ways to deal with and avoid.
    Good luck. Please let us know how things go.
    Take good care,
    phylor´s last blog post ..weekly photo challenge: Family [as embrace]

    1. Dominique says:

      Thanks Phylor. I’m so sorry you are also dealing with this. Its so crazy. I will keep everyone up to date. Got to get into the study first.

  4. Tanya says:

    It sounds like you’ve got an amazing doctor! I hope the treatments work well for you and I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences :-)
    Tanya´s last blog post ..I finished a thing and did it well. Yay!

    1. Dominique says:

      Thanks Tanya!!

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