Up and Out on a New Knee

Shell Point resident Dotty Morrison retired early at 56, and soon after joined the Shell Point Photo Club, Village Church Choir, and more. “I like being challenged to learn new things, and love meeting people,” shared Dotty.

A fast-paced, go-getter by nature, Dotty slowed down for a total knee replacement in early 2016, followed by physical therapy at the Shell Point Rehabilitation Center. To stay focused and positive during recovery, Dotty set a short term goal: walking on a four-hour hiking and birding excursion organized by the Caloosa Bird Club.

Dotty discovered how many dimensions of wellness can be incorporated into one activity as she trod the nature boardwalk at Lee County’s Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve just a few months later. This birding enthusiast combined community and social, natural environment, educational, physical, spiritual, and even emotional dimensions, as she experienced the satisfaction of her hard-earned accomplishment.

Down the road, reinforced by her ongoing rehab program, Dotty plans a physically challenging trip to the Galápagos Islands. Considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife viewing, its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species. Dotty hopes to take her new knee for a long walk to observe this unique ecosystem firsthand.

If you would like to learn more about Shell Point’s outpatient rehabilitative therapy program, which helped Dotty get back on her feet, contact the Rehabilitation Center at the Larsen Pavilion at (239) 454-2256.