Thursday, December 23, 2004

A few more dives in a new type of chamber.

Luke was able to go on 3 dives this week in a Sechrist HyperBaric chamber in Yelm. Amy went into the chamber with Luke to keep an eye on him. I have blogged a few photos below.

In the first photo, you will notice the chamber is a long cylinder type, as opposed to the more sub looking chamber in Canada. There is a TV that they can watch to pass the time while diving.

In the last photo, you will notice there is not a lot of room. You may have notice the blue band on Amy's wrist, it is an antistatic wristband, that grounds her to the machine. This is to prevent a static spark and reduce the risk of fire. Also, one major difference with the chamber in Canada is they pressurize the chamber with 100% oxygen, therefore Luke doesn't need to where a mask over his trach. In Canada they pressurized the chamber with normal air, then to deliver the oxygen, they use a hose with a mask that went over Luke's trach. The other major difference is price. It is almost 3 times the cost to dive here then it was in Canada.

I know Luke appreciates his big sister Amy going in the chamber with him. Thank You Amy.


Anonymous said...

What a precious gift to give your little brother, Amy. I know he must appreciate having someone familiar with him during the dives. So glad Luke could continue with more Hyperbaric treatments this week.

Nancy said...

Amy, just looking at the pictures make me claustrophobic. You are an amazing sister and daughter, as are the rest of your siblings. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it makes me nervous to see the small tube. Sue, you have sure been busy... with your precious NEW Lily and then the dives.... I pray all of you have a joyous Christmas Eve and Day...... we are thinking of you...
Still praying for Luke.

your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

lockwoods said...

Thanks for posting this! I know you all must be so busy with Christmas, Lily, and the dives! Amy, I know you are a huge blessing to your baby brother! That chamber looks so tiny! I have been wondering how everything went with the gastro Dr.? We continue to pray for your precious family. Merry Christmas to you. You are loved!

Anonymous said...

How long do you spend in the chamber at a time?

Julie in NC said...

Merry Christmas Little Luke!!! I pray that you had some great steps after your visit to the in the chamber. Amy you are so sweet to go with Luke....I am sure you adore being able to do that! I bet little Lily has made life even better than before. We are so blessed to have this day of Jesus birth...I know without him and his life you guys would never be able to endure all that has taken place since Luke got hurt. I am so glad that he is in our life too....we need him so much! Blessing to all, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Congradulations on baby Lily!
I wished I had known you would be in Yelm. I would have loved to come and meet you and pray for Luke "Hands on". I live here in Yelm and am friends with Shirley and Chuck.
God Bless you and have a great amazing New Year!