Postponing treatment

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Kaneohe Bay on Oahu.

I saw my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Fei, at Pali Momi last Tuesday. He was surprised that I had not taken the MRI test at Straub. When I explained that changing into a hospital gown would be painful, he decided to refer me to occupational therapy, not physical therapy. However, I am postponing it until the number of Covid cases decreases drastically.

The omicron variant is highly contagious! There are around 4,000-6,000 new cases per day in Hawaii with 400 now hospitalized. Over 1,000 medical personnel have been hired from the mainland to help us. There is no lockdown in Hawaii yet, but I see it coming.

I shall avoid the clinic, because that is where all the sick people are. Think of the germs!!! I am immuno compromised with an autoimmune disease, and if I get the Covid, I might die.

So, no more visits to the clinic for me until the Covid cases dwindle. I am postponing treatment for my torn right rotator cuff.

Meanwhile, I have been doing gentle stretching exercises several times per day: Upwards, sideways, and backwards.

Somehow, I’ll lick this problem and regain my independence.

19 Responses to “Postponing treatment”

  1. DavidH Says:

    The numbers are declining. Today the number of cases on Oahu was a little over 2,000. Less than 2 weeks ago it was more than double that number. In addition the government is mailing four test kits per household. If many people test at home if they are infected they can self isolate and not go out in public. Dr. Fauci stated today that he expects the case counts to be dramatically less by the middle of February. In addition we are getting the KN95 masks on Tuesday which will offer us a greater layer of protection. There is hope.

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …Covid is making the delivery of medical services difficult, I hope that you find relief from your pain soon,

  3. Olga Says:

    I’m betting on you to prevail.

  4. Arkansas Patti Says:

    I don’t blame you and at least you have therapy to work on which will help in the meantime.

  5. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I canceled an appointment with my DO for back manipulation that I get once a month because of the virus and being so close to someone who sees many patients. It would have been today and yesterday I shoveled snow and now I’m somewhat regretting that decision! And in most ways, glad I canceled. I wish you could find an at-home therapist who could just give you the right exercises to get started and then start the OT as soon as you feel safe.

  6. Doug M Says:

    Well Gigi, I appreciate David’s optimism about the Covid numbers here.., but it breaks my heart the pain you’re going thru and disability you’re forced to live with. I don’t blame you one bit though for being extra cautious, please keep us posted on your progress.

  7. dkzody Says:

    Terry continues his 2x a week therapy for his shoulder and does a series of exercises at home. He wears his mask as do all the therapists. He changes his clothes as soon as he comes home and washes well afterwards. With vaccines, I think we can do things to keep ourselves safe. And we must continue with our medical care to keep ourselves upright and moving.

  8. Valerie-Jael Says:

    That’s a wise decision. Hope the exercises help! Have a great week, Valerie

  9. Christine Says:

    I don’t blame you to avoid these places for now.

  10. Elephant's Child Says:

    I do hope that your stretching exercises are helping. Omicron is going gang busters here too, though the authorities are starting to suggest it might have peaked. It is still too high though.

  11. AC Says:

    I think you are doing the wise thing. I hope you cope well enough for the next little while.

  12. Karen Says:

    Can you find an occupational therapist that has a small office. Most people using a therapist are healthy except for an injury. It doesn’t seem any more dangerous than meeting friends or going out to dinner or the music venues. The treatment area is probably wiped down between clients unlike restaurants or other venues.

  13. DJan Says:

    Glad to hear you’re still taking it easy and letting David do the work. 🙂

  14. Linda Reeder Says:

    I understand your reluctance, but I have continued all of my medical procedures and visits over the last two years. I never feel Covid vulnerable at the clinics and hospitals. Safety procedures are very good.

  15. Nancy Chan Says:

    I hope you will improve with your stretching exercises. I also hope that the number of cases will also drop. I was due for a regular blood test but I delayed until the situation is safer.

  16. Iris Flavia Says:

    These are such weird times. I hope you get help soon.

  17. Beatrice Says:

    You have to make the decisions you feel most comfortable with as far as going into crowded offices. Hopefully, the at home exercises will bring a measure of pain relief, Gigi.

  18. Far Side Says:

    Scary times for sure:(

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