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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
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Tracey E.
Tracey E.
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Bob B.
Bob B.
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Owen R.
Owen R.
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Kyle R.
Kyle R.
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Evo G.


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October 23, 2008 began like any other day, up at 6am, coffee, rain locker, then off to work. This day would be different, as I was scheduled to brief my command leadership on the status of a project I manage at the Combat System Support Activity (CDSA) Dam Neck. Virginia Beach, VA. At 10am, I walked to the command auditorium and waited my turn to brief. My brief went well, no surprises, no hardball questions. All was well, at least so I thought. 

One co-worker in the audience, Rick, who just happens to be an EMT, noticed something about me that eluded everyone else. Rick followed me back to my office, once there asked my some simple questions and asked me to smile. Within minutes he called 911 and I was on my way to a hospital, under protest of course! Once there, the ER monitored me for several hours, then finally gave me a CAT scan, which was clear. I thought I was going to be released as I was walking around the ER.  Instead, I was sent for an MRI. This test showed a blockage.

Following the MRI, I went downhill. I could no longer walk or move my left arm.

I was released from the hospital on December 2. My recovery has been a mix of conventional therapy and alternative medicine. I searched the internet and found information on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Unsuccessful in my effort to be treated in the local hospital hyperbaric chamber,  I eventually found a clinic in Troutdale VA. I completed 65 hours of treatment at the clinic, and although I did not have the miraculous recovery I had hoped for, I did make progress. Enough progress to allow me to return to work, drive, and assume a more independent life. I purchased a mild hyperbaric chamber and use it daily. I believe I can and will eventually make a full recovery.

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