The first time I heard of this disorder, I was confused. The doctor kept saying, "You know, dis-embarkment, like getting off of a boat!". Ok, now it made sense. Some people feel like they are on a boat when they are sitting, standing and/or walking. I examined a man with disembarkment syndrome the first time about 20 years ago, but I didn't know what to call his condition. I recently saw a different man with this syndrome. He said he was looking at his device while on an airplane for about 45 minutes. When he turned it off, he felt terribly sick and nauseated. When he got off the plane, he said he felt like he was walking on 6 foot waves. He said it had been this way for years! In the examination, I found a severe one sided cerebellar deficit, which we started to change right away. Unfortunately, this man did not continue with the treatment plan. However, he was about 50% improved after approximately 2 months of treatment. I also gave him homework so the neurological changes we made would continue to be stable.
Does anyone remember the elderly gentleman who I'm treating who had the stroke 9 years ago? Well, I'm still treating him twice/week with nice results. A challenge we have is that he is a minimizer. His blood pressure is now 20-30 points lower in the systolic on a regular basis. He no longer chokes on his food. I can also understand him better when he speaks. His family and I all notice these wonderful differences. But, when I ask him if he notices these good things, he usually huffs and grunts, "Not really". A classic minimizer! Today when he came in he said, "Guess what? I think I notice something with all this stuff you're doing. When I was reading scripture last night, I didn't have to close one eye. For the last many years, whenever I read, I start to see double and have to close one eye if I want to continue. Last night was the first time in a very long time I didn't have to do that." He's happy and so am I.
I’m treating a young woman, 36 years old, who was in a car accident in January 2015. She saw several doctors without much benefit. She started gaining weight because she could not exercise, and reported that she literally had to hold onto the walls of her hallways at home so she wouldn’t fall over.
I first saw her about two years after her accident. She had problems finding the right words and had a very short attention span. She was incredibly emotional and also felt like she was losing her short-term memory. She had to quit her corporate job because of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
I am happy to announce that she is 95% better in all areas, and I’m hoping that she will be pre-accident status by the time the three-year statute of limitations expires for personal injury protection.
She reported last week that she could read multiple spreadsheets now without falling out of her chair. She said she was able to learn how to make a Google spreadsheet by reading the directions. She would not have been able to understand the directions six months ago. She also reported that she can remember things now without having to continually refer back to notes. She said she used to have to keep things in front of her face all the time to be able to remember something. She also reported improvement in beginning to remember peoples faces and names! Go brain go!
When we started treatment with this boy, his mother was very busy and wasn’t always following our homework. Nonetheless, we were seeing neurological changes in the office before & after treatment. I kept encouraging the mother, knowing that it was only a matter of time before she would notice changes in his signs and symptoms—because his pupils started to respond to light in a powerful way, as they should normally do. Most autistic children have pupils that don’t respond to light.
Within a week his mother noticed he wasn’t having as many meltdowns.
The mother said she had been trying to get the boy to trace letters of alphabet for years. Two weeks ago she texted me saying, “after the treatment in your office today, my son came home and went directly to the playroom on his own. This is the first time he has been self-motivated and the first time he’s ever gone to playroom himself. He proceeded to open a book and trace every letter of the alphabet from A to Z.” The tracing has progressed and within a week he was tracing the letters of every month of the year and shapes of animals for long focused periods of time.
Last week the mother came in so excited. She told me that not only was she noticing changes, but everyone around her was noticing changes in her son. She said, “We had a meeting with his aide at his school. Up to this point he has needed a full-time aide with him at all times during the school day. We have meetings every week. This week the aide told me that my son has been doing so well at school; he hasn’t had meltdowns for weeks, is listening to her, is respectful, and is doing his work.” She continued, “my son no longer needed a full-time aide, and as of this week is going to a part-time, half day aide. Also, we are part of an autism support group. Once a month we get together and I play with another little boy who is autistic, while another mother plays with my boy for an hour. When we switched back to our own children at the end of the hour, the mother said to me ‘I forgot that your child was autistic!’ I am so happy we found you!”