Other Side of the Coin

Other Side of the Coin

Aloha!
Without asking, I got to hear the other side of the story from the medical community. I’ve been seeing a physical therapist for my tennis elbow, and we had a chat on Saturday. She told me she’d never worked anywhere else where patients were so uncooperative as they are on Maui. Why do you think that is? I asked. She said as far she was concerned we needed to look at the type of person who typically moves to Maui to begin with… Rebels, those who can’t fit in anywhere else, and misfits (her words). She said she could tell the minute she met me that I would do the exercises she prescribed, however, most people gave her backtalk and told her reasons why other things would work better! And then didn’t do the exercises.

Another piece of this story is that I had gotten physical therapy 10 years ago at the same place but it was owned by different people, a couple from New Zealand. I really liked them, but they’re gone now… This is the cycle on Maui. No matter what or whom you love: a restaurant, a hairdresser, a doctor, a tradesperson… They leave. They open a business, find out how hard it is on Maui with such a small population, and poof! they’re gone.

On another note, this physical therapist told me how hard it is for her to get a date on Maui. She’s cute, funny, intelligent, and holds multiple degrees… But she’s over 40. You wouldn’t know that to look at her, she surfs every day, but she said the guys just don’t ask her out. Again I asked, why do you think that is? She said because she reads at the beach the guys say she’s too smart, and it’s off-putting. They also want someone in their 20s. She’s resigned herself to being alone. Isn’t that sad?

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Aloha, Jamaica

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3 thoughts on “Other Side of the Coin

  1. So J,

    Are your saying that the medical experience stinks for both patients and doctors in Maui? This is highly disconcerting since both my spouse and myself are in the medical field.

    • Aloha TC,
      My experience, and the experiences of the people that I know on Maui, have not been positive when it comes to anything to do with surgery. Other than that, I found many things to be highly disconcerting when I moved to Maui! As one jaded friend who’s lived here for 30 years says, “It’s just a continual lowering of expectations.” However, Maui can also surprise and delight.
      As far as the medical field, our tenants moved here from Alaska and both work at Maui Medical Center. They are in the x-ray/sonogram field so they are not following a patient’s progress. They simply provide a service, and seem happy doing so.
      Aloha, Jamaica

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