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Fit as a Fiddle

Posted on 07/11/2012

I recently had my left knee replaced. I must admit, it has been pretty bad for quite some time but I'm not one to complain. So, after a trip with the kids this past spring, my secret was known...I needed to get my knees replaced. Yes, both knees were not in such great shape. Years of arthritis have caught up with me and at age 80, I guess I just needed a few new parts to keep up with my energetic spirit! I still feel about 18 at heart, so new knees will help me get around much better.

As with all surgeries, it is customary to have lab work and tests to ensure one is healthy enough to undergo it.  I felt as if after all the appointments, poking, prodding, I had already been through surgery! I am happy to report that my labs and tests came back all normal and in fact, excellent. I am fit as a fiddle, as they say.  So, with the green light to go through with the surgery I was quite dreading for some time...I went ahead and got my left knee replaced. Now that I've done that knee, I really don't think I'll be getting my right knee done anytime soon. It seems that the worse knee has been taken care of and I am getting around so much better than before. I know I'm better off having done the one knee. I may just take a little time to schedule the second surgery after everything. I still have a company to run, after all. Who knows, it may not even be necessary.

I think I broke all hospital records for being discharged the day after surgery...typically people, especially those my age, stay in the hospital for a week after surgery. There was no stopping me, when I set my sights on something, I accomplish it. Including overcoming health obstacles, like this knee replacement. I feel great, and don't let a little discomfort slow me down. I try not to dwell on the negative, I never have, I'm an optimist at heart.

I am thankful and feel blessed so many well wishes were sent my way for a speedy recovery. I was in such wonderful, capable hands with my skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rezin, he is a marvelous practitioner. Speaking of wonderful care, the care I received at the hospital in Morris was second to none...thank you to all the staff who cared for me. I want to send a special thank you to Jen, and Michelle, the two nurses who cared for me (I was there such a short time, I only had two). You two nurses are the best! That's something, coming from one of your own. I also want to thank my at-home physical therapist, Michelle, for getting me up and moving and helping with my quick recovery. Thank you everyone!

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A Slim Down update for week #5: the contestants have lost a total of 179.8 pounds to date! Our star contestant this week is Julie D. who lost another 3 pounds, bringing her own personal weight loss to date to 23.3 pounds so far. Way to go, Julie! Keep it up! I wish all the contestants continued success. Remember the key is to stick to just one breakfast, lunch and dinner per day (you may space out items in the meals throughout the day), drink plenty of water and your two glasses of skim milk each and every day. On 1,200 calories per day, if you don't lose 2 pounds per week, you are either cheating or lying around all day. I know you can do it. We all know you can do it. Now do it! 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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