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Wanna see my scar?I am grateful to say I am rapidly recovering from a total hip replacement, thanks to many wonderful local people who have tended to my needs. When I finally gathered the courage to make the appointment to start the journey to do something about the excruciating pain in my hip, I knew I didn’t want to know the exact details of what would happen during surgery. But I didn’t know how many people would be involved to help me recover from the process. Everyone listed below has played a giant part in the healing process.I’ll start by thanking my regular doctor, Dr. Maria Chansky, who gave me acupuncture and relieved my aching leg so I could function until the surgery could be performed. She also referred me to Dr. Robert Adams of the Orthopaedic Associates, who did a fabulous job installing my new hip. Thanks also to his nurse, Jill, who answered my questions and took out the staples.My twin sister, Gayle Santone, knew exactly what I needed when she sent me a set of headphones and a few healing meditation CDs, which I used to calm my blood pressure and encourage my body to heal.When I woke up from the anesthesia, I was overjoyed to feel no sickness from the medicine, thanks to anesthesiologist Hannah Teissler. This eased my recovery immensely.The care I received from Bonnie and the other angels of Valley View’s acute care center was extraordinary. In my time of vulnerability, they were there to help me with whatever I needed.Physical therapist Marti Agee, home health nurse Siobhan Conway, and occupational therapist Mandy Hejtmanek from Columbine Home Health provided exemplary care, and I would recommend this service to anyone.Thanks to Lisa and Erin from New Castle Rehab, I am getting stronger every day.My New Castle friends – angels all – Linda McFarland, Anne Andersen, Mary Ann Hughes, Judy Railsback, Shirley Peterson, Judy Gordon, Brenda Simonson, Jenny Harbottle, and Scherry Simonson were invaluable to me, providing much support in various ways.The Post Independent newsroom, including Sean Kelly, Charlie Wertheim, Donna Gray, Dennis Webb, Dale Shrull, Kelley Cox and April Clark divided up my work duties for five weeks and brought over nutritious food. Their willingness to go along with my recovery is greatly appreciated.Massage therapist Grace Michelle’s strong hands soothed my stressed body during this recovery period, and give me something wonderful to look forward to.My daughter Emily and my husband Steve have shown extreme patience with me and provided personal bits of comfort. Without all this empathy, kindness and love I would need considerably more medication.And as for my scar, I haven’t even had the guts to take a peek at it. Nobody except the nurses, therapists and doctors will get a glance, either.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” returns to its every other Thursday schedule. To contact her with news tips, call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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