I am the mother of Clay Burkhalter, your bill board man. I had a bad knee for four years and I finally convinced myself to have it replaced. I limped along and everyone could tell it was me by my awkward walk. I went to the same doctor as Clay and after xrays showed I had nothing left in my knee, I went ahead and had the surgery at L+M in January of 2014. I only put one provision upon my doctor. I had to be back on the tennis court on May 17th. This was the qualification year for the National Senior Games for 2015. After great care at L+M I went through intensive physical therapy. Everyone knew what my goal was. And I reached my goal winning my age group in singles in tennis and qualifying for the nationals in MN next July. I have won in previous Senior National Games, a gold, silver and bronze. I will be 80 years old next year and I am aiming for another gold medal or two.
So thank you to the team at L+M and physical therapy for getting me back on the court and being competitive once again. Everyone with a bad knee should think about replacement as mine feels like a normal knee.
In April I went to Disney with my family to see my nephew perform with his band. I was having severe stomach pain and ended up in the emergency room in the Orlando Hospital and was told that I needed to have my gallbladder taken out that day and they prepared me for surgery. Fourteen hours later I was still waiting, as they had mistakenly not put me into the surgery schedule. I met with the surgeon again, everything was confused and I did not feel good about having the surgery there, at this point I just wanted to go home and get taken care of at home. I was told that I was okay to fly.
The next day I flew back home to Pawcatuck and saw my doctor and then met with the surgeon Dr. Michael Betler. He received and reviewed all the test results from the Hospital in Florida and saw me that day. He was very informative and reassuring, especially after what I just went through in Florida. He scheduled me for surgery the next morning.
The next morning I went to Westerly Hospital and I was brought right in and taken care of immediately. I was being prepared for surgery by a few nurses, and Dr Betler saw me before surgery as well. I felt very reassured and comforted. The laparoscopic gall bladder surgery was done and I woke in the recovery room and was taken care of while I waited to be picked up. I went in at 9am the morning and was at my house by the afternoon and had dinner that night. I spent less time in the hospital here where I had my surgery than when I was in Florida... waiting for my surgery. My entire experience at Westerly Hospital was a good one from start to finish! I was impressed with the kind staff, Dr Betler and the comfortable environment and the efficiency. Dr Betler saw me for my follow-up visit and I thanked him... I feel great!