Because of my orthopaedic care, I can continue competing with my dogs in agility competitions.

It was a given. A matter of “when” not “if”. An old ski injury to the knee was catching up with me; I was slowing down. Just turning 50 and the knee giving out was not an end game, but the motivation to get it fixed. You see, I have things I want to do. I have no intention of slowing down now; of making compromises that keep me from doing the things I love to do.

Getting my knee replaced was not a big decision I needed to make, nor struggle with. Living in pain until I no longer had a choice, was not an option for me.

When the MRI and X-rays confirmed what I already knew, I contacted Kim Furry to schedule a knee replacement. The sooner the better. I wanted to have the surgery while I was still in good shape, while the ligaments and the muscles were still strong.

My goal was to put the knee behind me and not allow it to become the focus of my life for the next couple of years.

I could have waited and managed the pain, slowed down and not be as active, but why?

I have a young dog I compete with; who I have visions of competing with in AKC and USDAA Agility Nationals in the next couple of years. I plan to be ready when he’s ready and not miss an incredible career and loose an opportunity that I’ve worked hard to achieve. So we scheduled the surgery for the Monday after Thanksgiving.

I got a new puppy to give me something to do this winter and give me the motivation I needed to keep my focus on the future.

The surgery went well.

Dr. Furry and her team were great. I was able to leave the hospital  one day earlier than I had planned.

The surgery, the recovery, the follow up care and the physical therapy went according to plan, if not a bit better than expected. Ten weeks later I was entered in my first agility and obedience trial since surgery. I ran, I twisted, and I was able to move. My young dog and I came home with two new titles, two first place and one second place wins against a large competitive group.

My knee was tired and sore, but I knew it was stronger than it’s been in years, and  that it will only get better and stronger from here on out. I now have the next few decades of competition with my dogs, golfing, hiking, skiing and living the active life to look forward too.

Knee replacement was not the sign of things slowing down, but a means to get back to it. Thanks to Dr. Furry and Durango Orthopedics’ for making advanced orthopedic care available close to home. I will be forever grateful that the times allow us to be put together and get back to the active life style that Durango has to offer.

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My Second First

Because of my orthopaedic care, I can continue competing with my dogs in agility competitions.


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