“Now I’m the fun grandma!” laughs Ruth. “That’s what I want to be – the one who can chase after my grandson and do fun things with him.” But not so long ago, Ruth struggled to even walk.
Ruth had a pronounced limp due to the pain in her hip and knee. She commuted daily from her home in Connecticut into Manhattan for work, and remembers clinging onto the handrails in Grand Central Station to pull herself up the stairs.
“People had to pass me because I was so slow and in agonizing pain. I used to get to work exhausted just from the commute.” When her grandson was born, “I finally said, this is crazy, I can’t even play with my grandson.”
That’s when Ruth’s rheumatologist recommended a hip and knee replacement surgeon. “When I met him he was very knowledgeable,” Ruth remembers. They scheduled a hip replacement for January 2008 and a knee replacement for exactly 6 weeks later, in February. She was 56.
“My recovery was amazing. The other patients at rehab told me that I was their inspiration.” Ruth says she and her grandson actually learned to walk together.
“He was just starting to learn and I was just re-learning how to walk properly – heel, toe, heel, toe. I hadn’t been able to do that in four years.” After about eight weeks, Ruth was walking normally, again. People who haven’t seen her in a while are amazed when they see her walking without limping. “It’s been night and day,” she says.
Ruth took an early retirement and is going to care for her grandson during the day until he begins preschool. “Now I can pick up my grandson, I can pull him around the yard, I can chase after the ball with him – I’m the fun grandma! It’s great.”
She and her family have a Disneyworld vacation planned for this December. “There was no way I could have done that before,” says Ruth. Then she laughs and jokes, “You’ve had your two surgeries and what are you doing now? I’m going to Disneyworld!”
Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.