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A growing number of Oklahomans are asking their primary care doctor to come to them. The trend is particularly convenient for younger caretakers, who are often forced to take time off work to shuttle loved ones to doctors’ visits.
On Wednesday, 95-year-old Helen Joslin had her routine doctor’s appointment at her kitchen table in Tuttle. Dr. Joe Witten took her blood pressure, and talked about her pain and mobility.
“I’m getting to the age that I prefer not to drive,” she said. “That leaves me without a way to get anywhere.”
Each time Bob Littlejohn needed to go to the doctor, his wife had to call the fire department.
Bob Littlejohn, 77, of Oklahoma City, had a hip replacement about five years ago, but it got infected. Doctors had to remove the device, which left him unable to walk and homebound.
His family couldn’t fit a medical lift into the room where he stays, and his wife, Sallie Littlejohn, 74, and their daughter, Marcie, couldn’t move him on their own.