Up Close and Personal: Racquel Butler, Surgical Technician
>> RACQUEL BUTLER: I’m Racquel Butler. I’m a Surgical Tech at Okyanos. I’ve been there from the inception. And I’ve been a Scrub Tech for almost 30 years.
From the time I was a teenager, I always had pain in my knees. I was never able to run around, jump, skip, play, because I was always in pain. But my main problem was exercising, climbing stairs — just doing regular everyday things.
Well, as a surgical tech, you stand all day. If I’m in an eight-hour surgery, then you can imagine what it’s like when I got home. It not only affected my knees, but, of course, my back. My back hurt because my knees hurt and I favored my knees, so it caused pain all around. And so, when I came to work to Okyanos and we were offering the treatment for staff members, I decided let me do something, because, you know, I need help. I need to get rid of this pain.
I just had injections directly into my joint — both knees. My left knee is worse than the right, and so I started to see results in my left knee first. I just remember one day I was looking for a pot. I was cooking in the kitchen and I bent down. I squatted to look in the cupboard. And I said to myself, “Wait a minute! I’m squatting. What is happening?” And the light went off like, “Oh my God, you don’t have any pain!” And for me that was amazing. That was totally amazing.
It’s been two years. I haven’t had any problems with my knees. And so, I think it’s just going to be from here on out, I’m not going to have any problems.
When a person comes in who’s nervous. Who’s not sure what the outcome is going to be, especially someone that’s going to have joint injections, I bend over and I say, “You know, I’ve had this treatment before, and I’m telling you, you are going to be very pleased.” They’ll be like, “Really?”, and they feel more relaxed, because they see me running around. The treatment works. It really, really works. And it’s not a fad. It’s not something that we’re trying to push on people because we want to promote what we do. It’s simply the fact that it works, and we want to get as many people in a healthy place as possible.
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