Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Max Learns a New Trick

Sorry I haven't posted in a while,  I've been trying to catch up with everything that I've fallen behind in...

Max has been working hard though.. He's been working on mastering sitting and tonight he sat between beanbag chairs for a full hour holding himself up and eating his dinner!  He hasn't been able to hold himself up in over a year so this was HUGE!!!

Then he also was able to stand on his own and move around a bit - he's still working on balance and can't get himself up on his own but he's starting to get the motions down and figuring out what muscles to use.  We still have a ways to go.. but here are a few videos of the progress tonight

Sorry my angles are off on some of these!

Max practicing his sitting and balancing

More sitting

Max doing some standing and me sitting in his water bowl.. (the things I do.. )

Max standing (sorry I can't figure out how to get these in the right direction)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Progress Report & Pics

Max developed a pneumonia and hasn't been able to get HBOT treatments the last few weeks, and because he lost those toes he hasn't been able to work out and do his PT as much as he'd like.  Every time he put pressure on his bad foot, the scab would come off, it would bleed and the bone would be exposed again. So he spent 2 weeks with me either holding his leg up or laying on the couch - or trying to work out on his exercise ball. He got really depressed and lost all energy. I actually though things were going south.. then... his foot started to heal! he still has a scab but he can now stand on it. It hasn't been bleeding at all either - we're on the mend and back to building strength and learning to stand and walk again (mind you- he was fully limp a few days ago and had lost most of his muscle strength in his neck - we had to start over quite a bit)

Here are some pictures to share.

The 2 back feet... just a wee bit of a scab
Standing on all 4s!
sitting on his own - working on pushing up
Shoulders giving out! But He can push back up
Pushed back up. Just leaning against mom for support
Hope she's not making me jump through hoops next

Max feeling much better!
Max is trying to figure out how to eat on his own - he's watching the syringe and moved his head toward it- making some progress!

Max wiggling his body trying to figure out how to get up off the bean bag chair (He can't sit in his cart right now - he got a huge quarter sized blood blister on his rump and it likes to bleed out when he sits on it... or I pick him up when I'm wearing anything nice.. or white)

Max practicing sitting and balancing while on the ceiling (Just kidding) - I can't figure out how to rotate the video so that it's in the right direction.. so you'll just have to stand on your head or turn your computer upside down to really see what's going on here... Clearly I'm not a professional videographer!!  Sorry!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lots to Catch up on

Sorry we've been way behind in posting.. lots to catch up on but it'll have to be in another post.

Just wanted to share some quick videos of Max..

We've had some set backs, a lot of frustrations, but he's still the Mighty Max!!!

Max drinking water on his own. 

Max frustrated about his leg being much shorter than the other leg now... 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

By Golly I think He's growing a new toe!

So... In all honestly I've had a few panic attacks where I'm really worried Max has permanently lost his toes.. (and there's a lot of anger for him being in this situation in the first place.. )  But today I took a look at his foot and realized that I think he may actually be growing a new toe!  The HBOT is supposed to push oxygen into the core of the cells (RNA, DNA, mitochondria etc.. ) and that is supposed to help growth of new stem cells.. Stem cells are the cells that the body can use to grow anything. When we were zygotes and fetuses - they are the cells that formed the fingers, hair, eyes, organs, and toes... and it appears that they are growing new toes...

This one is almost the same size as the others - no loner a nub... pretty darn wild!
Pink toe on left is brand new.. the other 3 are cased in necrotic tissue which will eventually slough off, probably with the nail like the one on the left did. There is still some bone exposed from the other side on the middle two - but the new tissue is growing every day... remember this foot used to be entirely black, hard and crusty all the way though! Pretty cool!

Monday, April 29, 2013


As I've been researching HBOT, I've been amazed at all of the things it can be used to cure or improve on.  It's pretty amazing stuff.


Here are some of the conditions that are treated by HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Acoustic trauma
  • Abscesses
  • AIDS / HIV
  • Air Gas Embolism
  • Alzheimer's
  • Anemia  (blood loss)
  • Aneurysms
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Anti-Aging
  • Arthritis (acute)
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune
  • Bells Palsy
  • Bed Sores / Pressure Wounds
  • Bone Infection
  • Bone Breaks / Fractures
  • Bone grafting
  • Bone Necrosis
  • Brain Injury (Concussion, Oxygen Deprivation)
  • Brain infections 
  • Brain Dysfunction
  • Brain Stem Syndromes (ischemia, infarct)
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bite
  • Burn Injuries
  • Buerer's disease
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral edema 
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colitis
  • Coma (acute & prolonged)
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Cranial nerve syndromes
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • vestibular disorders (vertigo, tinnitus, meniere's syndrome)
    • sudden deafness
    • brain stem syndromes
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Crush Injuries
  • Cyanide Poisoning
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Diabetic Wounds
  • Diverticulitis GI
  • Early Organic Brain Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flesh eating bacteria (acute necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Frostbite
  • Fungus
  • Gangrene
  • Glaucoma with vidual field loss
  • Heart Attack (with stem cell therapy)
    • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Hypoxia (with organ transplant, infections, or cancer)
  • Ileus
  • Immune System Enhancement
  • Infections
  • Inflammatory Bowl Disease (IBS)
  • Ischema (restricted blood flow)
  • Lepromatous Leprosy
  • Ligament injuries (post surgical repair)
  • Lou Gherig's Disease (ALS)
  • Lung Disorders
    • Lung Lavage
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meniere's Syndrome
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Near Drowning
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Necrotic Tissue / Bone
  • Optical 
    • Retinal Artery Occlusion
    • Macular Edema
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Macular Hole Surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parkinson's
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Peyote Poisoning ( Look it up! It really is used for that!)
  • Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis
  • Pulmonary Toxcity
  • Periventricular Leucomalacia (PVL)
  • Pressure Wounds
  • Radiation Injury (soft tissue & bone including radiation for cancer treatment)
  • Scar Reduction post surgery or injury
  • Scleroderma
  • Severed Limbs
  • Sickle Cell Anemia crisis & Hematuria
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Soft Tissue Necrosis (including radiation necrosis)
  • Soft Tissue Swelling
  • Skin Grafts  and Flaps
  • Spinal cord contusion (partial motor or sensory loss)
  • Stroke (will benefit even long after the event)
  • Sympathetic Reflex Dystrophy
  • Tendon and Ligament injuries
  • Tinnitus
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Vascular Ulcers
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Wounds - that are severe or having trouble healing

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pressure Wound...

So.. I think I may have mentioned earlier, when I came back from vacation I found a sore on Max's right hip - the same one that the gangrene was in.  I assumed it was a hot spot from him urinating on himself and not being cleaned up well.  Both hospitals informed me that it was a pressure wound from being on the same side so long and not being rotated, and pointed out that it was actually a hole in his side and you could see the bone.  I had just cut the fur down around it, but they shaved it down at Southpaws. Looks NICE HUH?!

actually 2 holes  - a big one and then a tiny smaller one - they later joined and formed one BIG hole.

Well.. it's been over a month and a half and it still hadn't closed up, it had actually gotten bigger! In fact, the edges had healed leaving a hole in his hip, and new skin had formed in the hole, creating a pocket. NOT a good thing - so we had to have the edges of the hole cut off and then the whole thing stitched up so that it could all heal together and close. Max ended up with a 4 inch cut on his side. 

Max hanging out on his beanbag chair... So much for rotating him for the first few days.. I managed to get him in his cart for a while, standing and practicing balance for a while and then he had to lay on the left side for the first few days.. He's now laying on his stitches for a few hours.. He can sit up on his rump but I think it irritates him to do that between his foot and his hip... a few more weeks and all will be better..

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Just the Toes

The following is Max doing a foot soak to try and remove some of the dead (necrotic) tissue from his gangrene.  This is after 18 HBOT treatments.. Today is 5 days after his 18th treatment and we are not just left with dead skin on his toes... there is new tissue under the dead black skin.. so we're soaking it in salt water to try and soften it up so that it comes off... I am beginning to thing we need to get Max a bath with those little fish that eat dead skin.... (not sure how sanitary that is... but they'd have a field day on his foot)