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  • Writer's pictureDr Steve Osman-ToddHall


I returned to work this morning.

I am extremely grateful for such shows of support. It really has been an awful June-September. However, I see brighter days ahead...

I am not going anywhere. Wayne is supporting me 100%.

I remain handicapped by my right dominant hand. I have lots of inflammation and swelling still- today was my last day of over 2 weeks of intensive antibiotics therapy, plus the 2 surgeries, and the ongoing hand rehabilitation physiotherapy. My hand is very tight, particularly when my fingers are flexed around a pen. Use of a keyboard, mouse, or pen sets off more inflammation... I still have an open wound on my hand. No, not stigmata...!

My writing capability is severely limited, but this should improve week by week.

My typing ability remains limited, and I have to use Apple dictation services for many of my notes, which means that I have to allow time for this at the end of consults, as I can't just be dictating on and off throughout the consult, usually.

I have also had to introduce breaks into my work day to allow for time for the use-associated increased pain and swelling to ease a bit. Plus I need to do hand physio during the day, which also sets things off.

Physio and recovery time are set for the next 12 months!!

I have run behind on my phone calls- I apologise for this, and for everyone who has been patient. Together, we will get there... I haven't forgotten about you!


*Please consider if you can do a telehealth call instead of a face2face appointment, and allow flexibility in timing for this.

*Please note that I can't fit as much as usual into consultation times. More than one appointment may be needed.

*Please be aware that I can't do NDIS forms or other work requiring significant writing for the next fortnight at least. I can do driving medical forms, sick notes, scripts, requests for imaging and pathology, and referrals. If in doubt- ask in advance.

*Thank you for ongoing patience as I am simply unable to see as many patients as I normally would see in a typical day.

*Remember Morayfield Health Hub, and please don't be offended if for some matters/urgent issues that won't wait, I simply have to request that you see a colleague there/elsewhere.

THIS IS ALL TEMPORARY, and working together we can avoid more drastic measures to reduce my workload.

Many thanks, and best wishes...

Dr Steve and Wayne

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Sep 20, 2021

Hang in there Dr Steve, you are in good hands with Wayne on the job. Our thoughts are with you & we look forward to getting home sometime this yea.😉


Tracey Collins
Tracey Collins
Sep 19, 2021

Dr Steve. As kaitlinmona85 stated below you have to be patient and look after yourself. If you were your patient wouldn’t you say the same thing. As for me a telehealth phone call is fine. Tracey


Sep 19, 2021

Hiya Dr. Steve, look after yourself. We just need to have patience in the process. Look forward to see you both if you're up to it.

Thinking of you both Aaron, Miss K, Tilly & Ted 🖤

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