The Big Thank You for Day 6: About Mobility

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Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

About four years ago, I reached a point where my knees were so bad that I thought I might have to give up on real estate.  Between a left knee that threw itself out of joint on a whim (ouch!) and a right knee that had been damaged by decades of walking in a way that usually kept the left knee dubiously stable, I was in trouble.  

First, I had a very hard time with stairs, and most of the homes in my market are on three or four levels. Many of the condos I sell are conversions of old Victorian townhouses, and they almost never have elevators.

Second, during the winter months, any snow on the ground made walking outdoors very challenging.  On the ice, my knee would collapse, and I wound up falling and often unable to stand for fifteen or twenty minutes. Buyers just loved these scenes!  

At the time, my health plan was with Kaiser-Permanente, and none of their orthopedic guys had a clue about what to do with my knees.  

Then, at a settlement, I met Mark Zawadsky.  His agent looked at me and looked at Mark (the buyer) and said, "Um, you two need to get to know one another.  Pat, you have really crappy knees.  Mark fixes really crappy knees!"

And a few months later, he did!  He is an amazing orthopedic surgeon who does knees, all knees, and only knees.  He teaches knees at Georgetown University Medical School, and in four hours, he replaced both of my knees and fixed the trick knee with a new, simple technology.  

And within a month, I was showing houses.  Now I can climb stairs and walk on icy sidewalks. 

But there is a downside.  My short skirt days are officially over.  And my footwear choices do not include anything with tall, thin heels - or even tall heels - like taller than about an inch! And at airports, I must fit the new terrorist profile - I attract a lot of attention at the metal detector!

Most of us take our mobility for granted throughout most of our lives.  The last few years has made me realize it's something to be thankful for.

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Patricia Kennedy
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Richie, thank you!

Nov 22, 2016 10:46 PM #27
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Joe, thanks for the heads up on Ecco.  I'll have to check them out!

Nov 22, 2016 10:47 PM #28
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Jeanne, I have a pair of Skechers and love them!

Nov 22, 2016 10:48 PM #29
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Lise, flats are always good!  Most of my shoes are pretty flat if not totally!

Nov 22, 2016 10:49 PM #30
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Praful Thakkar
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Patricia Kennedy - well, mobile and mobility are two main tools of our business....lol!

Great to know you could go places after meeting Mark...

Nov 22, 2016 11:36 PM #31
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Jeanne Dufort
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Dealing myself with some pain issues that are at minimum a big distraction.  I hope I can find a solution that works as well for me as yours did for you. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 23, 2016 05:21 AM #32
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Lottie Kendall
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No wonder you're grateful for mobility. Amazing how you chanced to meet your knee surgeon. Glad you're now up and at 'em again.

Nov 23, 2016 07:53 AM #33
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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What a great story, Patricia! And so pertinent to my life right now. Not for me, but for my husband who has suddenly been suffering from bad knees. He was in such pain just sitting in a movie theatre.

My sister has horror stories from her knee replacements, and many people I know who have had knee surgery report nothing but problems after surgery, but yours sounds like such a success that I sent it to my husband. Thank you for that!! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Nov 23, 2016 11:59 AM #34
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What a great real life story, Patricia Kennedy. I do remember your posts during the time of your surgery and rehabilitation. Seem to recall a post you wrote during the period of rehab about feeling a little like Frankincense.   I do have friends with knee problems; some have had successful surgeries and some who still are in pain.  Very happy for you that things worked out so very well. Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2016 01:30 PM #35
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Some of my clients, and some of my family, have mobility issues. Thank you for the illustration about what that's like - "my" people don't like to talk about it, and even though I want to, it's hard to get a feel for the issues. You gave an easy-to-understand picture.

Nov 23, 2016 02:10 PM #36
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Praful, yeah for mobility!

Nov 23, 2016 10:23 PM #37
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Jeanne, if your knees are an issue, call me if you'd like to talk.

Nov 23, 2016 10:25 PM #38
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Congratulations on your featured article. We are looking forward to the next one.

Nov 24, 2016 05:19 AM #39
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Glad things worked out for you!!! Happy Thanksgiving from your Dayton, OH Connection!!!

Nov 24, 2016 05:41 AM #40
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Lottie, meeting this knee surgeon was very lucky indeed!  

Nov 28, 2016 10:36 PM #41
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Elizabeth, with knee replacement, I am convinced you should go to an orthopedic surgeon who does only knee replacement, and preferably one who is at a teaching hospital.  I, too, have friends who have had serious issues, and the thing almost all have in common is a generalist doing the work.

Nov 28, 2016 10:39 PM #42
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Jane, I blogged through my two weeks at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and that was the most challenging part of the whole experience.  It's daunting, and you just get through it.

Nov 28, 2016 10:41 PM #43
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Lauren, I had a couple of friends who had both knees replaced, and they were really supportive.  And my brother had one of his done at the same time.  We became very competitive about our range of motion during the rehab.  I think that once people have the work done, it's easier to share.

Nov 28, 2016 10:43 PM #44
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I have mobility  issues too. I've already had a hip replacement and may need another in the next 10 years, or a new knee or 2. I do my best to avoid stairs and slippery places. My balance is terrible. That's why I'm so blessed to have my husband in this business with me. He does the physical work and I do the behind the scenes, sit at my desk work!

Nov 29, 2016 12:52 PM #45
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Donna, the physical therapy that I did worked a whole lot on balance, and you get a lot more aware of what has to happen to keep you from taking a plunge.  If you ever want to talk about knee stuff, please feel free to call.

Nov 30, 2016 09:15 PM #46
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