Because of my orthopaedic care, I can enjoy my life.
I am a 59 year old married woman, mother of 3 sons 32, 31, 30 and a 28 year old daughter. Grandmother of a 4 year old grandson and a bedside OB Nurse (RN) of 37 years. I LOVE to dance, garden, hike, walk and yoga. I catch frogs with my grandson as well as climb rocks and trees and fight the dragons!
Over the last few years it became more and more uncomfortable to do these activities. I pushed it off to growing old. Within the last year however the pain in my hip rapidly became worse to a point where if I turned a certain way I would lose my balance and the pain could take me to my knees. In an effort to overcome my “growing pains” I increased my exercising to yoga 3 times a week, physio-ball class and one zumba class.
I have done yoga for many years and now found I became less and less flexible and it was more and more uncomfortable . As a nurse we can be guilty of taking care of everyone and everything first and ourselves last. I couldn’t remember the last time I was able to sleep through the night without waking up in pain.
I had to make excuses to my grandson why I could not climb the big rock. Our third son was getting married in June and I had serious concern that I would not be able to dance the mother/son dance. I finally decided it was time to get help. I ended up in the arms of angels at the Falmouth Orthopedic Center in Maine. With the compassion and determination of Drs. Mats Agren who took the time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and diagnosed me as having AVN in my hip, I finally could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Dr. Agren made the diagnosis the end of April, referred me to his Partner Dr. Stephen Rodrigue. I asked Dr. Agren if I was going to be able to dance at my son’s wedding in June. He assured me they would do all they could to make that happen. I told my son whatever song he chose I would have to hold on to him, so Bruce Springsteen or AC/DC would not be a good choice.
I saw Dr. Rodrigue May 10th, had surgery May 15th and danced the mother/son June 22nd without a cane! The photo is my son Benjamin and I dancing to Godspeed, sung by the Dixie Chicks. I didn’t know what song he had chosen until the time of the dance. There was not a dry eye in the room. My husband and I believe, and tell everyone we know that, that dance was made possible by the care, concern and expertise of Dr. Stephen Rodrigue and Scott Collins, PA. There is a passion for what they do and it is evident in how they care for their patients.
I am walking in the woods with my grandson again. I am looking forward to the birth of my granddaughter in October, dancing with my husband on our 35th wedding anniversary, doing yoga and getting back in the garden I smile alot and am eternally grateful. I still have a ways to go, but am determined to show the respect and appreciation to the work and effort that went into making this process so successful, by doing exactly what Dr. Rodrigue tells me to!
Even though I have used a lot of words, there really are no words to describe how blessed I am to have received the care I did! Life is all uphill from here!
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