Finally, I found the perfect physical therapist

Well, there is a happy epilogue to the home care story. After the latest debacle, I never got back to the home care agency. Prior to that incident I’d had another bad experience. I had no interest in engaging with them after all this as I didn’t feel like being honest and telling them they all sucked because I would be considered a difficult patient and having worked in social service systems I figured I’d just have my husband say I had decided that physical therapy wasn’t right for me. I did have a vague desire to stay on the rolls because they have a pool and at some point I would at least in theory like to use it so I procrastinated and didn’t answer calls for a while trying to figure out what to do.

My husband answered a call one morning and it was yet another physical therapist. He told her that I felt that the physical therapy was not appropriate after all. She said she’d been called especially since it seemed that perhaps my issues were right up her alley. She talked to my husband and said after looking carefully at my file it seemed I was much more disabled then the two other PT’s had realized and that she worked with specific sorts of atrophy and would like to meet me.

I called her later that day when I woke up and she sounded really good.

When she showed up she interviewed me carefully about all my daily activities and asked detailed questions about how my body felt. She then laid me down on my bed and started moving me about. She told me symptoms and the way my body felt was very much like someone with severe MS. Yes, multiple sclerosis. She said she didn’t care what caused my problem but I had to be treated like a baby who needed to learn how to use all their muscles again. She propped me up on pillows in a systematic fashion on my bed and had me do “exercises” that most people would scoff at. I cried with relief. She understood how sick I was. She understood I can hardly do anything at all and I really desperately need help so that I don’t become a vegetable. She GOT IT and it made me cry like a baby, because frankly, I get really, really scared sometime that if I atrophy away I won’t be able to come back.

She said that is in fact a real thing to be worried about and she was kind and held my hand as I cried. I said, “why didn’t the other PT’s believe me?” Her only answer was that they didn’t have as much experience. They were, indeed, younger than her and she has been practicing PT for 29 years.

I will not lose even more of my physical well being. We agreed that for now the most that we might hope for is simply not getting worse. Real recovery may not start until after the drug withdrawal is complete. Regaining strength may take a very long time, but I don’t have to continue losing what little I have left.

And, oh, she has also scheduled appointments with me so there will be no more last minute phone calls with the announcement, “I’m coming over in an hour.”

There is a god is all I can say. And the universe responded to my need.

I have so much to be grateful for even in the midst of all this illness. I have so many incredible people in my life and wonderful things are happening to me all the time as a result of this blog. Again as I said in another post, life does throw it’s wrenches at me but even in this horrible time so much good comes to me everyday. It’s really amazing.

Comments

  1. This is really moving and sad. I hope she can help you to heal. Have you seen also the connection between SSRI’s and fibromyalgia? I have been using a fantastic treatment for pain in the joints and it is great for all pain. The caster oil packs. I was in so much pain a few days ago I could hardy stand it. I remembered the caster oil packs and put them on my knees and ankles for about an hour with a heating pad and all my pain was gone for over 24 hours. I used it again today with the same results. Detox is paramount with the chemicals we ingest.
    peace-

  2. I’ve used castor oil packs on my belly and I should do it more I suppose, but it’s so messy and takes such a long time…I’m not good about doing them…

    they’re good for my endometriosis too…

  3. So glad to hear that you’re finally getting some relief and that this physical therapist understands. I’ve been thinking about you and hoping you’re doing better!

    Love,
    Susan

  4. Susan!!
    I miss you!

  5. That’s great news, Gianna. I’m happy to hear it.

  6. Thank God you finally found someone you can work with!

  7. That’s great, I’m so glad you’ve found a good one…

  8. I’m so happy you found her and she found you! And so glad she “gets” you and what you have gone through and are going through. She sounds like the angel you have needed. I like how gently and compassionately she was treating you – that would make anyone cry after what you’ve endured. Thank God!

  9. Deborah says:

    This is great news, Gianna!

  10. Praise the Lord that things are looking on the up-and-up for home care this time.

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