Sharon Haines has been retired from her career as a banking professional for three years, but she keeps up a pace that rivals most working folks. Thanks to two knee replacements, performed by Door County Medical Center (DCMC) surgeon Dr. Dan Tomaszewski, Sharon is setting the bar high for her friends, family and fellow swim class members.
Four or five times a week, Sharon heads to the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay early in the morning, reporting for group exercise classes in the pool. The classes keep her limber and active, and provide a wonderful social group as well. “When I was recovering from surgery, my physical therapist, Bill Herbst, asked me what my goal was,” says Sharon. “I said I want to get back to the pool! I miss my friends.” Bill and Sharon worked hard to bring function and strength back to her joints, and she was in the water again within six weeks.
Before her two surgeries Sharon felt stiff and tired much of the time. Though she is an avid golfer, it got to the point that she couldn’t even bend over to pick her ball out of the cup. Now, she golfs several times a week with friends and with her grandchildren. “Now I can pick their balls up for them,” she says. “The pain is gone and I can move and enjoy life again.”
She credits Dr. Tomaszewski and the staff at the Bone and Joint Center of Door County at DCMC for her outcomes. “The care was incredible – from the pre-operative class and handbook I was given, to the surgery, to my post-surgical care and rehabilitation. I’m grateful to have this outstanding care right here at our local hospital.”
Orthopedic Care Coordinator Veronica Behme guides patients through the entire process, helping them understand what to expect and following up when they are home recovering. “It was great to have Veronica just a phone call away at any time,” says Sharon.
But Sharon also had her own personal coach by her side – her husband, Dick. As Sharon’s coach, Dick attended pre-operative meetings, appointments and the inpatient group rehab class the day after surgery. “The coaching component is so valuable, because it meant another person had the information I needed and could support me during my surgery and recovery. It was wonderful to have him included in the whole process.”
Sharon is proud to have encouraged several of her swim class friends to have joint replacement surgeries at DCMC as well. “Everyone just thinks so highly of Dr. Dan (Tomaszewski) and Dr. Davis,” she says. Now, you’ll find Sharon walking her dog Zoey, spending time in the kitchen with her grandchildren or out and about Sturgeon Bay with friends. “It just feels so good to be back to an active life,” she says. “Enjoy every single day – that’s the key.”