Trusted local news leader for Kingman, Arizona & Mohave County
Thu, May 26

Community View | COVID keeps local man from getting care

I am a 79-year-old retired firefighter. I worked for Los Angeles County Fire for 31 years. I had numerous injuries throughout my career.

I hurt my left hip in late February and need a hip replacement. In the meantime, old fire injuries surfaced – an MRI on right shoulder and torn left knee. The shoulder is bad but at my age I choose not to rebuild it. In September I had outpatient surgery on the knee. Then a surgery date for the hip was set for Dec. 6, but less than a week later it was canceled by Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The pain in the hip is unbearable. I have to use a walker to get around. I have tears in my eyes all day. I have to sleep in a recliner, and I try to stay active so the hip doesn’t freeze up. I go to the wellness center five days a week. I ride the bike for two miles daily but it is a struggle. I always get a towel, not for sweating but for wiping tears from my eyes. Worst pain I’ve ever had.

I’ve had both COVID shots plus the booster and a flu shot. I have done what the experts have advised but still can’t get surgery because I have to stay in the hospital. And of course, all the people who have done nothing to protect themselves go to the front of the line no questions asked. KRMC says they are short-staffed but put a vaccine mandate on all the staff that have been doing this for two years. They and the first responders are the real heroes and they deserve praise, not punishment.

Those that don’t want the shots? Just test them once or twice a week! Perhaps it’s time to put COVID people second and let those of us who need surgery get it. I wrote this about my problems but I know there are lots of us that need the hospital for various surgeries.

I can no longer put my left sock on my foot. Each time I shower my wife has to put my sock on and I leave it on until the next shower. One of the worst parts is I can’t do anything around the house and I have to sit in the recliner and watch my wife do what I should be doing. Plus, I had to miss delivering meals this Christmas because I could not walk.

(Michael Thorpe is a resident of Kingman.)

Donate Report a Typo Contact
Event Calendar
Event Calendar link
Submit Event