Kelly Fabry, Physical Therapy assistant works with Fredrick Schnell, 85, during aquatic therapy held at Northcentral Health Care Center in Wausau Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010.
EDITOR: I am writing today concerning a gem in Marathon County: the aquatic program at the North Central Health Care Center.
I have been blessed with several chronic health conditions, including fibromyalgia and lupus. These cause me a great deal of pain. My doctor referred me to the aquatic program, where the physical therapists taught me some exercises to do in the warm water of the pool there. I am not pain-free but exercising in the warm water has reduced my need for pain medication. My quality of life is greatly improved. I am not so irritable.
I am writing because the aquatic program is in danger of ending. The pool is very old and has been in use for more than 10 years past its expected lifespan. It is in need of replacement.
The Marathon County Board will meet at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 to discuss the expenditure of $50,000 to evaluate the pool and provide a preliminary design for a new pool. (The meeting place has not been determined.)
We need this pool, as many residents of Marathon County depend on it to improve their health and quality of life.
Please contact your County Board member and tell him or her that the pool is important to residents of Marathon County and a worthy expenditure. In addition, if you are suffering from pain, speak to you doctor about a referral to the aquatic program. It is not necessary to know how to swim.
Melanie A Clark,
town of Guenther