Support Jay-R Allison
On Friday, October 23rd, our teenage son Jay-R drove himself to school like any other day. Little did we know, that it would be the last time he would drive himself anywhere for a long time. Two days, later, he came downstairs in the morning with a noticeable cough. Within two hours, he complained of feeling feverish. By late afternoon, he was light headed, dizzy, extremely lethargic, and short of breath. We would soon discover that he was positive for COVID-19.
As someone in the healthcare world, I monitored his condition closely. I took his temperatures and pulse ox readings frequently throughout the day. He ate little and slept upwards of 23 hours a day. He was extremely fatigued. Once out of his required isolation period, he continued to be extremely lethargic. We noticed his speech was a little off and he seemed a little confused. After 2 visits to the ER, he found himself at a local children’s hospital. After multiple tests over the course of several days, he was diagnosed with encephalopathy due to COVID which has affected the structure of his brain.
COVID-19 has turned our son’s life upside down. Due to the complications from the encephalopathy and what is being referred to as Long COVID (or Long Haulers), he has been unable to attend school or even participate in studies via distance learning. He has been in the hospital three times as new symptoms surface. Whereas he once spent his days in school, he now attends multiple sessions of physical, occupational, and speech therapy daily. Our active teenager who was known for flipping cartwheels in school plays, now requires the use of a walker and wheelchair due to unsteadiness and dizzy spells. Someone must be with him as he changes positions from laying to sitting to standing due to the dizzy spells. He has experienced double vision and tremors. His memory and ability to perform functions required for school such as math and reading have been compromised as well.
Prior to testing positive for COVID, our son was active and social. He was involved in youth group at church, loved to participate in theater and was an avid cook. Now, even answering a text message is difficult for him as the light hurts his eyes, and the print is hard to read. Determined to help our social, active teen return to his normal independent life, transition back to school, and continue towards his dream of attending culinary school after graduation, we decided to explore the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which is a holistic alternative treatment.
We believe this treatment will help accelerate the healing of his brain through the delivery of oxygen to the cells of his brain and throughout body. This type of treatment has been successful in other forms of encephalopathy and conditions impacting the brain. HBOT acts as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal agent. It has been shown to reduce pain significantly, and in many cases, has helped clients to be able to reduce or eliminate their medications. It also decreases inflammation and swelling, increases energy, and increases the body’s white blood cell activity, boosting the immune system and promoting healing. We learned about a non‐profit facility called Sara’s Garden that specializes in HBOT.
Due to the newness of COVID-19 long hauler issues, HBOT is not recognized by insurance companies as a treatment for his condition and therefore will not cover the cost of the treatments. Several people have reached out and asked how they can help. Your prayers for his recovery have been so important and meaningful to us all. If you feel so inclined, we could also use your help for HBOT treatments. HBOT treatments for Jay-R’s condition are only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden as opposed to $1,500-$2,000 at a hospital. Since we are unsure the number of treatments potentially needed to aid in his recovery, the cost will likely add up quickly.
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received will go into n account in Jay-R’s name and will be used for his treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Jay-R’s name written on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please DO NOT write his name directly on the check itself. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the DONATE NOW button below.
Thank you so much for considering to support Jay-R’s treatments at Sara’s Garden.
The family of Jay-R Allison
Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.