I’ve been a busy bee

Over the weekend while talking with my cousin in Buenos Aires, I made the final decision to stay in Santiago until mid-March. That’s about as late as I dare traveling while pregnant – I will be 7.5 months pregnant then. I’m excited that Nathan will have the chance to work with Ramon for a total of about 6 months!

Two nights ago I had a dream. I was deep asleep and I dreamt of Nathan in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Somewhere in my subconscious mind I had the thought – this is what he needs to complement his work with Ramon. I woke up with this vivid awareness in my mind and jumped on the computer in the middle of the night, trying to find an HBOT chamber here in Santiago. I found one but the doctor said, “Sorry, we do not see children.” As I was begging him to reconsider, Ramon’s secretary Claudia heard me and said, “But Marcela, there are many other chambers, here are 2 more.” So I called around and tomorrow Nathan has an appointment for an evaluation with the doctor who runs the Hyperbaric Program at Clinica Las Condes.

My train of thought is the following: Instead of seeing Ramon twice a day, Nathan will see Ramon in the afternoons (which we had already planned for financial reasons). We will do another session with him at home. Then, every morning, I can take him to the Hyperbaric Chamber until he receives at least 40 treatments. Why mix the two, you may be wondering?

First of all, because I dreamt it. Second, it is recommended for people who have stem cell treatments to do 40 dives 90 days post Stem cell transplant. It is believed that the HBOT helps the new stem cells grow and “take hold” in the body. Nathan will be hitting the 90 day mark on Nov. 15th – which is exactly when I was scheduled to start just 1 session a day with Ramon. The third reason for considering HBOT is to enhance his performance in CME. I found a fantastic summary of HBOT here. In my hopeful mommy mind, my thought process is to increase his energy with the increased level of oxygenation to “prime” the brain to receive Ramon’s message loud and clear. As an analogy, imagine throwing a coin into a swimming pool, it takes much longer to reach the bottom than throwing a coin from the 2nd story of a building through air. My hope is that HBOT will be like throwing a coin through air and that Nathan’s response to Ramon’s treatment, and general health and brain development, will be enhanced.

Oh, and to complement my evil plan even more. Nathan will be in a multi-person chamber, so someone will go in there with him (I have to find out about the baby, but if I can’t, Denise will go in with him). He will be in the chamber for at least 1 hour every day. I believe they will allow us to bring a DVD player into the chamber. My hope is to have him watch a movie while Denise or I do ABR on him while in the chamber! This way we can get 2 hours of ABR in every day – one while he’s in the chamber, the other from 7-8pm, which we’ve been doing the for the last couple of weeks. We’re just doing 1 exercise right now (chest), I’m just trying to get into a good rhythm and to see some improvements in one area of his body to give me more energy and belief towards ABR.

So if all goes according to my plan, he will have 2 CME sessions, 1 HBOT session, and 2 hours of ABR every day. AND he would still have time to go to preschool 🙂 His day would look like this: 9am HBOT/ABR, 10:30am CME at home, 11:30am lunch and nap. 3pm CME with Ramon, 4-6pm preschool, 6-7pm dinner, 7-8pm ABR.

So that, my friends, is what I’ve been up to this week. Scheming away. If all goes as planned, Nathan will be starting HBOT and his new rhythm on Monday, November 16th. I’ll keep you posted!


  1. Too funny!!! You’ve been quite the busy bee:)
    All i will say is this my friend, Marcos is asking Azriel for Intensive time at the end of December..
    love you guys

  2. Laura, I am SOO stoked!!! That’s wonderful news, hurray! It was great talking last night, please tell Mr. Maxx I send him a big big kiss!

  3. Sounds like Nathan will be so busy, he won’t have time to worry too much about becoming a big brother soon!

  4. Marcela, you are funny how you plan the activities inside the HBOT chamber.
    The plan is awesome busy bee. I love the video from the other day of Nathan seating.
    Big hug.

  5. wow
    sounds perfect! i would only ask you if the preschool is really beneficial? Sorry-i dont want to be intrusive..but my son was so extremelly busy (and me too) last year, at his 2 year old and i realized i was pushing too hard (school everyday, OT,PT,Music,HBOT..).I reduced school for 3xweek, cancelled some therapies and initiated hypo and aqua. Now we have some free time to play, be in the stander watching dvds,roll together and go out explore in the supermarket-i realized social stimulation is very positive for him…Just an idea..each child is different…Nathan looks like the social kind anyways 🙂

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