Pictured: Dave Foulkes preparing for a 3.8km swim in Derwent Water
Most people know that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is used to treat divers when they get decompression sickness (the bends). Less known is that HBO is used for a number of other conditions including hard-to-heal wounds, diabetic foot ulcers or radiation tissue damage, and for rarer but sometimes life threatening conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, air / gas embolism or necrotising tissue infections.
Dave Foulkes now knows much more about HBO, since a close family member was treated at a hyperbaric facility for a rare, non-diving related, condition. Subsequently he got in touch with our charity, DDRC Healthcare and found out about the research that we are undertaking to better understand how hyperbaric oxygen therapy works, and the ways in which the benefits of treatment can be maximised for different conditions.
As a result, Dave decided that he would help to raise money for DDRC Healthcare’s research by doing a sponsored swim. He took on the huge challenge of one of the Epic Lakes Swim series, a 3.8km open water swim at Derwent Water. This is how he got on…
“Well, I completed the swim this morning in a pitiful 1hr 18mins. I put the slow time down to getting cramp in one arm. Had to use just the other one and ended up swimming round in circles! It went very well really and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyway, I just want to thank you all most sincerely for all your very kind donations. It really does mean an awful lot to me …
The Diving Diseases Research Centre [now DDRC Healthcare] contacted me last week and were also delighted and very appreciative of the funds raised.
A special thanks to Jo too for introducing me to open water swimming and advice about the cold! Thanks Jo. And to Heather for putting up with early alarms and running hot baths!
The total raised so far is £1035 which is way beyond my expectations, so many thanks again.”
A HUGE WELL DONE & THANK YOU from all at DDRC Healthcare Dave.
If you want to sponsor Dave’s efforts you can contribute at http://www.justgiving.com/Daves-BigSwim