I’m Jayshree Thirani, I’m a housewife. I’m 63 years old now. Basically we do work with children’s books which we are making in the name of Campfire. These are graphic novels. It’s a very interesting subject. But while I was growing up, I had a bit of a problem. I’m quite active, but at the same time I was being very restricted in my movements because I had developed a pain in my leg, which they said was sciatica. I went to two or three different physiotherapists and I’ve been to different hospitals. I have also had a major back surgery about 20 years back. Knowing the good care that was taken because the operation was done in London, I was able to distinguish between whether I was given a good treatment and good advice, or whether it was just advice being given as all physiotherapists or orthopedic surgeons or anyone in this capacity can give. And I was never very happy with the kind of treatment that I got. So when a friend of mine suggested the name of Vardan and recommended it – he normally doesn’t recommend a place until he believes that it is good – so I said ‘Let me see’. I came in and thought, ‘this must be one of the big units which are opening up, and it’s a profit-making institution’. And you come in because as a patient you have not got help and also not really got correct advice. With that in mind I came here.
The first session I came in for I was told that it is a bit of a ‘hands-on’ treatment – of course they took permission for that. They checked me out, and it was a very pleasant experience because a senior along with Charles came in. Before that, my therapist Mr. Sakal checked me thoroughly he discussed everything in front of me, and being a little educated and aware of my own system, it was very nice to talk about it openly, and to discuss it openly, because I could understand where my problems were and what they were going to do. That was very reassuring for me. I felt very much at home and that I was in the right place, and that I would be taken care of.
I was given an exercise regimen which now I’m following up with Jatin. In between Jevene came in and she was also very wonderful with the way she corrected my stance and the way she told me how to move and checked out on what I was doing wrong.
The other point which I liked very much was that Jevene told me ‘there is a point to which we can help you’.
I feel that they are very professional, and like when you’re in pain you need someone to talk to, not only professionally but humanely, there is a lot of interaction. They seem to make you feel very much at ease. Also, they are young, they are looking forward to a better future and better training which they are enjoying very much I think.
They talk about the bones, they have these skeletons which they put before you to explain your system, that this is your bone, this is what we are doing. I feel they are very correct in the way they carry out their full checkup because they have to be very good at that. At the same time, what they express sometimes if the patient is interested, then they naturally explain, otherwise it is too complicated a system for any lay person to understand.
I had been in pain for the last one year, and I don’t like taking too many painkillers – I’m aware that they are not good for me – they reduce the muscle power. But I really did not know what I was doing wrong. I had come to a stage where it was difficult to climb stairs, to sit at a lower position, to get up, to sleep in the night, was very difficult, because I would end up in an odd position and the pain would become excruciating, and end up in discomfort. I wouldn’t know how to correct it. But within the first three sessions, the relief was tremendous, the pain had come down to almost 50-60%. Of course the main areas of the pain which was the knee and while walking up the steps, these were also still needing a lot of attention, which was being given.
I hope you are able to keep up this good work of being true to the profession and to your patients.
It’s amazing because I feel so much more confident about myself. Otherwise I was feeling a little down and out, because while going to places I would be embarrassed. I would sometimes be in pain and I wouldn’t able to express it.I’m not that old that I need assistance, I need help. So I was feeling compromised in some ways in my lifestyle, feeling a little afraid about what would become of me if this became worse.
This caring is very important, and I hope to be in touch with Vardan more and more.