I’m on a (probably vain) quest for an open and airy hyperbaric chamber. My doctors are recommending several sessions in a hyperbaric chamber for an ear problem I’m facing. I went for a session in MacKay (Danshui) hospital’s hyperbaric chamber and … nope. Couldn’t stomach it. The pictures make it look like you’re Snow White lounging in her mildly confining glass coffin. The pictures don’t show you that in fact they’re putting three people in that glass coffin, hunched over in three seats like in a jet fighter, with big hoods covering the head. Annoyingly, this is not something my own particular strains of anxiety can handle.
Anyway, now that what I’ve always considered mild claustrophobia has become more of a health concern for me - has anyone been to hyperbaric chambers here that aren’t so restricting? Ideally, ones that I can read a magazine in? I’ve got lots of coping mechanisms that have always previously stopped this from being a significant problem. Podcasts, crosswords, books … but I believe I’m not allowed to bring any of those coping mechanisms into hyperbaric chambers. They don’t want us to burst into flames, oddly enough.
Any suggestions or experiences? Thanks!