Internet Laryngectomee Support
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
by Jack Henshaw
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while inside a chamber under pressure. The air we normally breathe is only 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen, and is at a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch (psi). In hyperbaric treatments, the pressure is typically increased to 2.4 times normal (may be up to 6 times), and the patient breathes 100% oxygen through a clear hood or mask while laying or sitting in a pressurized chamber. The pressure is the same as that experienced by a scuba diver 45 feet under water, and is why they refer to the treatment as a “dive”.
In the case of the standard wound care treatment dive, the patient receives 11 times more oxygen than is normally carried to all parts of the body by the blood. This also explains why simply placing a wounded area in an oxygen "tent" cannot be effective. The oxygen must be delivered to all parts of the body by the blood stream.
Oxygen delivered under pressure actually dissolves in the blood stream and is carried in solution like the fizz in a capped soda bottle. This is much different from the normal method of carrying oxygen in which our red blood cells transport the oxygen. While small blockages may prevent the red cells from delivering oxygen to damaged tissues, oxygen dissolved in the bloodstream or our tissue fluids can reach our damaged areas and help speed the healing process.
When properly applied, hyperbaric oxygen effectively helps to promote healing and decrease infection. It has been shown to increase blood flow to injured tissue, reduce swelling, cause new blood vessels to form, speed wound healing, encourage new bone formation, help fight infection, and reduce the effects of toxic substances such as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Former Head of Lorillard Tobacco Company Dies
Alexander Spears, IIII, former head of the Lorillard Tobacco Company, died on January 29th of lung cancer. Spears smoked regularly from age 18 until he had a heart attack in 1977. He was 68. His father, also a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer in the early 1960s.
Spears was one of the seven tobacco CEOs who swore in testimony before Congress in 1994 that nicotine was not addictive. Documents later uncovered made it clear that he had lied, the company not only knew nicotine was additive but had sought to increase the nicotine delivered by their cigarettes, and had specifically marketed cigarettes to teens.
California Program Reduces Cancer
Cigarette smoking in California declined more than twice the national average in the decade since 1988. The rate of lung cancer has gone down correspondingly, according to a December report by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Lung and throat cancers in the State declined by 14%, while rates in other parts of the country only declined 2.7%.
California’s comprehensive tobacco control program emphasizes an approach which combines prevention, education, and changing the social acceptability of smoking. Similar programs has been implemented in Arizona, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
"If we applied the knowledge that we have about tobacco control, we could save tens of thousands of lives in this country, CDC's Dr. Pechacek added. "People are dying unnecessarily of a very cruel disease--and the cure is known."
WebWhispers member Chuck Howe lost his battle to cancer in January after suffering a recurrence in December and an adverse reaction to chemotherapy.
Chuck lived in Woodward, Iowa. He became the mayor of his town in January, 2000 after becoming a laryngectomee.
Chuck was a veterinarian. An article about Chuck appeared on in the January 2000 edition of the Journal and can be seen at :
WW January 2000 Newsletter
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A few months ago a serious question was asked of the laryngectomee members of WebWhispers. The question came from Stan Hesley and it asked, “I am wondering how long it takes to accept that you are a laryngectomee?”
For fun, it was later turned into a statement which members were asked to add something. The statement was, “You know you are a well recovered laryngectomee when...”
you finally decide excessive mucus is rarely fatal.
your family stops picking up the phone to dial 911 every time you cough.
you stop reading the obituaries and thinking about how you would like
yours to read.
you know a Servox is not a body part.
you know what the initials ENT, SLP, TEP, ACS, IAL, and AL stand for.
your nightmares now involve dead batteries.
when the phone rings you no longer panic, but pick it up and say “ello”.
an unexpected sneeze happens and you find your hand has already
blocked it before your brain told you the sneeze was coming.
you no longer stop to smell the roses, but stop to admire them anyway.
the person on the treadmill next to you sees you running with your
mouth closed and can't figure out how you are doing it, and you just
nod and smile.
you know the difference between “laryngectomy and laryngectomee,”
and can spell them correctly most of the time.
you have to explain some new laryngectomee product to your ENT.
you use the TEP and keep forgetting to bring your Servox backup with
You like to answer telemarketer phone calls just so you can "mess" with
them with your Servox.
you no longer dream in your old voice.
you discover you can't spit.
you finally stop talking with your mouth full just as your mother always
the cat runs away when you try to sing along with the radio.
when you talk in your sleep you run down your battery.
|Lin Bryant - Caregiver
|Dale & Carole Keast
|Dan H. Kelly - SLP
|Kristin Morrone - SLP
|Judy Salvador - Caregiver
Coquitlam B.C Canada
|John & Mary Watson
Hayling Island, Hamp., UK