Bobette shares when she began physical therapy following hip replacement surgery and describes her experience at McKee Medical Center.
Well the sooner you get up and get moving the more quickly you are going to heal and you are going to lose muscle; you don’t lose your sense of walking.
First of all I wasn’t surprised at it because they had prepared you in that hip replacement class that you were going to get up that first day. So it wasn’t a shock. It’s just that when Gary came in, he again, very gracious, introduced himself, very kind, very compassionate and, you know, I sat up on the edge of the bed; did I have my balance? Now we are going to stand, and he walked me through the procedure before he expected me to do the procedure and that was one of the things that I told Paul that I really appreciated so much about my stay in the hospital was the nurses and everyone explained to me the procedure that I was going to go through and what I could expect, and that way, because you are groggy, you know, you can at least think how you are going to do this and you can cooperate and sometimes they would say, “We just need you to relax; we are going to turn you.”
Well, otherwise, you know, I have been in the hospital and they’ve just come in and they’ve gone, flunk, and this, every time they would say, “This is what we are going to do,” and then it was so easy to follow that and to be a part of that and it just built confidence.
When I had my left hip replaced at McKee Medical Center I not only went through the surgery but I went through the rehabilitation and I had such a nice young man, Gary was his name, and he was the physical therapist. He was the one who got me up the first day. He was the one who helped me walk to the end of the hall and back the first day, and he was the one who helped me on the bars that are behind me where I did part of my physical therapy, helped me navigate the stairs so that I could go home. He helped me to learn to sit correctly. He helped me to learn to put on my socks without bending over. He helped me to learn to put on the rest of my clothes without having to bend over, but he just was competent, kind, and caring.
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Conditions: Osteoporosis, Hip Pain
Related Terms: Hip Replacement, Hip Surgery, Cemented Hip, Hip Replacement Physical Therapy, Hip Replacement Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics
Health Care Provider: Banner Health, McKee Medical Center, Banner McKee Medical Center
Location: Northern Colorado, North Colorado, Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland, Colorado, Co, 80538
Expert: Dr. Mark McFerran, Mark McFerran, M.D., Doctor McFerran