The days in Ramadan are all sorted out, says Mehreen H Memon, a senior physiotherapist at Aster Hospital, Mankhool. “Thanks to the prayer times, chores and work schedule.” Mehreen’s work as a physiotherapist is different all year round. “In Ramadan, I do the day shift instead of the usual afternoon one,” she said.
On days other than Ramadan, Mehreen said, they do not have to wake up early in the morning. “I’m up by 3am in Ramadan and usually just have light food such as dates and milk for Suhoor.”
“I then pray and rest for a while before heading off to work at around 6 to 6.30am, because work starts at 8am,” added the Indian national, who has been residing in Dubai for the past three years. Mehreen says she feels better in Ramadan than any of the other months. “I don’t get that tired because of the disciplined days we follow in this holy month. Except for the need for water at the very start of the fasting period, it is not very difficult.”
At work, Mehreen sees 14-15 patients in the six-hour duty during Ramadan, which is not much of a change from her usual working days. “I see a patient every half an hour.” Most of the time, the patients need counselling which is also part of her job. “I take the patient history, suggest exercises, sometimes help the patients do the exercises since some are not able to do it on their own, and often suggest home programmes for many of them too,” she explained, about her work routine.
Treatment for patients depends on different modalities. Many a time, Mehreen has to help patien-ts with their exercises and stretches. “This causes exertion, especially in cases of children who don’t stay still or run away. It is then a task,” she added. For patients with neck and back pains, it is easy, since they are prescribed a home regimen. “But we have patients with knee repla-cement surgeries or ligament injuries and they have to be shown how to exercise; this can be a bit hectic in Ramadan.”
Once she is off at 2pm, Mehreen heads home to rest for a while before getting ready for Iftar. “After Iftar, the routine is again all sorted out – prayers, sometimes Iftar parties and meeting with friends, until it is time to sleep again.”
Aster Hospital, Mankhool