Carol, recently being remarried before her surgery, talks about how important it was to have her husband, Larry, by her side. Being a very independent women she say’s it “was hard to have to depend on someone, but it's was also just comforting knowing somebody's right there by your side to help you and understand what you're going through.”
CAROL: My recovery period was a-probably made a lot easier because I have a lot of good friends that helped and came over as well. I had been recently remarried , and my husband was a big help and would get anything that I needed and would help me along the process as far whether it was ice, refilling the bucket, because you can't get up and do that kind of thing yourself. And it's also just comforting knowing somebody's right there by your side to help you and understand what you're going through. They can't feel your pain at all, and sometimes when you ask for something it's seems like a simple thing, but you wouldn't be asking for it if you could do it yourself. And I was used to doing things all by myself. And I still like to have that freedom to do it. So, when you have to count on somebody else, sometimes it's difficult. I mean, I had a housekeeper who came, and she would do things and I was comfortable with her around. Probably more so than asking my husband to bring me certain things, but just knowing he was there was comforting. I think that's one of the reasons I was more game to go ahead and do my surgery, was because I had heard other people say "I waited too long and it was much harder to recover." So, I decided that I might as well go ahead and do it. I was still, not young, but young enough to heal well, and I was very healthy and I am very healthy. I'm really glad that I did the knee replacement. I really wanted to travel with my husband and go different places, and I find the more that I do, the more I can do. It was a harder surgery to go through than I think I realized, and I think the recovery time was a lot longer than I expected. That all being said, I'm glad I did it, and I'm up and walking and playing with my grandchildren and dogs, and enjoying life.