In February of this year I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Around April, one of the incisions opened. It was not healing properly, and I was referred to the Comprehensive Wound Care Center at DeKalb Medical. Upon walking in the door I felt comfortable and at ease. All of the staff members were warm and talked to me like they had known me for years, which really helped with my anxiety. My doctor was equally as kind.
Right away she recommended that I undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy. My first reaction was to say no because I am claustrophobic and the thought of being in the chamber made me very uncomfortable. My doctor was very understanding of my fears and allowed me to try other treatments for about three weeks. She finally insisted that the hyperbaric chamber was the best option for my care. She stated that she would give me something to relax me before going in, so I finally decided to give it a try.
The tech for the chamber was great and patiently answered all of my questions. The day of my first treatment, she took everything very slowly -- and I do mean very slowly. Unfortunately I could not complete my first two tries because I had a cold and needed tubes in my ears, but the third try was a success. I’m proud to say I completed all 40 sessions and my wound has healed very nicely. The chamber did the trick, and I had to admit to my doctor that she was right.
Throughout the entire experience the staff at the center was great. They really treated me like family. They were honest and straightforward, which I needed and appreciated. They were also respectful of where I was emotionally. I don't think I could have had a better set of people working on my behalf. Thank you DeKalb Medical Comprehensive Wound Care Center!