Columbia is paradise for hip replacement surgery

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

As the world seemed to be going to hell in a you-know-what, I was experiencing the most excruciating pain in my life. Diagnosis: I needed a hip replacement. I told my doctor that I was insulted that my hip wore out. He said, “Mrs. DuNard, you are 90. I have had some patients who are only 45 who needed hip replacements.”

Always, I have thought that Columbia is paradise. Now I know it is. Having this surgery reassured me that my primary doctor is the best. My surgeon is the best, but wait until I tell you about a spot in Columbia filled with angels. The name is Lenoir Woods where I spent four weeks in recovery.

These technicians work from the heart. A patient’s safety and recovery come first. Each work with a smile and kindness. Every care is taken including emotional care. A gal can get her hair set. Speakers come to entertain and enlighten. Bingo provides extra fun. Since I had a hip replacement, they taught me exercises that would strengthen my muscles. I had become a wimp. The food is yummy.

Yes, Columbia is paradise and there are more angels flying around than you might have known.

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Yin Pheng October 31, 2009 | 9:52 a.m.

I want to get in touch with Dorothy DuNard. Can someone please let me know how to? She was one of my host parents on the international programme when I studied at MU in the late 80s as a journalism student and I have lost touch with her. Imagine my shock when I googled her name and saw an obituary for a Dorothy Dunard who passed on in 2003. Then I came across the Missouri Columbian's 2008 story bylined Dorothy Dunard. Is she the one I'm looking for?? She's a dear and I would like to know how she is. An email address would be deeply appreciated.

Yin Chiang

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Dorothy DuNard October 31, 2009 | 5:28 p.m.

Hi Yin Pheng:
What fun finding your search for me on the Internet.

Yes, I am very much alive. I have a few new parts but I still love life.

I absolutely remember you, a very bright gal. We had so much fun together playing and winning games at the Jacobs. I remember they said you and I shouldn't be on the same team.. .that it wasn't fair.

If you remember I have 5 children. Now I have 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. I free lance. In addition to other published articles, I am in one of the Chicken Soup books and I age by the minute, of course. I am 92, which I can hardly believe. As I have jokingly said, God is not taking me because he says, "What will we do with her. She talks all the time."

My e-mail address is Fondly, Dorothy

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