Experiencing Orthopedic Surgery

Over the past few weeks, I have learned more about orthopedic surgery than I ever wanted to know or remember.  I had an ankle replacement and am now experiencing this first hand.  I hate every minute of it but I know that in order to improve, I have to do the rehab the doctor has prescribed for me.  I believe this is sort of a Godsend for me to eliminate my ankle pain forever, make it possible for me to continue playing golf and simply, walking without pain.  But, by far, the unexpected benefit has been to experience the pain that many of my customers go through on a daily basis.  I had no idea that the inactivity and wearing “the boot” would deteriorate the major muscles in my legs, knees, back, etc. and what the daily pain to just “get around” would be.  During the day, it is not so bad; but at night, it can be excruciating just trying to relax.  I didn’t know the most painful part of the entire journey can be the rehab physical therapy sessions and daily exercises demanded of you, if you want to get well.  I have now experienced the pain and loss of independence myself, just trying to get dressed in the morning.



As some of you may know, I own the Valet Product Line.  I designed the products to assist the elderly and mobility challenged and, being a vet myself, veterans were at the top of my list.  I, too, am getting older and many of my friends have had major orthopedic type surgeries limiting their mobility either temporarily or permanently.  Being in the industry and a supplier of assistive devices, I have always been attentive to their needs and complaints. After my experiences over the past few weeks, I am much more cognizant and proud of the unique “one of a kind” services that we provide.   

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