I am writing this, my first blogged words ever, from Bangkok, Thailand, where I am undergoing medical treatment. Some of you may have heard that I had a stroke this past July and these last months have been dedicated to recovery.
Pam and I were on a cruise 3 weeks ago when we met someone who told me about a relatively new treatment for stroke patients. It’s called hyperbaric oxygen treatment inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. It is FDA approved for this purpose.
So when I got back to New Orleans, I quickly got on the phone and called the hospital where they offered this therapy and found out it costs $200 per session plus a doctor’s fee. Bummer. The therapy course is 40+ sessions.
After hanging up, I wrote my friend Ruby in Bangkok and, after a day of investigating, found several hospitals here that offered the same treatment but a bit cheaper: $23 per session including a neurologist present. Easy button. I got a flight last week and today I will have my 8th high-pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Yay!
There is another reason I wanted to come to Bangkok. For the last 10 years, whenever I’ve come here, which has been two to three times a year, I see the most fantastic acupuncturist from mainland China. She’s got the magic touch. I have done acupuncture since I was in my 20’s and she’s the best!
So I am doing a combination of Western and traditional Chinese medicine. It is working. Bit by bit I am getting better.
— Jamie Hayes