04 August 2017
It’s a mystery where she gets the energy, but with the bride in a tartan wedding dress you can be assured of good-old ‘knees-up’ when Dorothy Davis ties the knot with her Bonny Prince Charming, Moray Deane.
A regular performer with a Nottingham-based Murder Mystery company – where her favourite role is as a sex-mad cleaner who is in love with her hunky and much younger boss - Dorothy is not known for putting her feet up.
But the fun-loving 67-year-old, who is also a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HM Prisons and a part-time cheese sampler with Long Clawson Dairy, admits that her first thought when Moray popped the question was “I’ll have to get my dodgy knee fixed if I’m going to make the most of the big day!”
So, in between booking the church, choosing the dress and selecting her bridesmaids, Dorothy, who lives in Stapleford, also arranged to meet with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr David Hahn at Spire Nottingham Hospital.
“I had my left knee replaced back in 2010 so, as my walking steadily got ‘more crab-like’ I knew it was time got get my right knee done if I was going to be at my best for the wedding,” said Dorothy.
Her decision was supported by Mr Hahn who said: “If your knee is giving you pain, particularly if it is badly affecting the way you walk, then it really is time to investigate the possibility of a replacement.
“Too many people ‘soldier on’ with the pain thinking the longer they put off the operation the better the longer the new knee will last – but this really is the wrong way to approach the situation. Before they know it they have a constant limp and, because of the pain, are not getting the exercise they are used to and gradually give up doing the things they love. Dorothy had a significantly arthritic knee with deformity and loss of movement and was in a great deal of pain. Now she’s had the operation I have no doubts she will be able to carry on with her very hectic lifestyle.”
Dorothy added: "As well as all the things I get up to, Moray has two dogs and is never happier than when he is walking them – so I have to make sure I’m fit and active if I’m going to keep up.
“The operation went very well and the Spire physiotherapists are putting me through my paces to make sure I’m fully fit for the wedding. It’s going to be a very busy day and I’m determined to make the most of it.”
Of her Spire Nottingham experience Dorothy added: “I went for my pre op, and the whole process was seamless, professional and very friendly. The sister that went through all the tests was so reassuring that I felt so much calmer about the whole operation.
“I was able to visit the ward and I was struck by the friendliness of the staff who introduced themselves to me by Christian names and gave me the impression that I would be extremely well looked after and this proved to be the case."
“I was able to express my concerns about pain levels, which had been an issue after my last knee operation, and felt that they were genuinely concerned that my experience should be as easy as possible, bearing in mind that it is a major procedure."
“The operation went well, the ward staff, theatre staff, housekeepers, physiotherapists, ward hostesses, the chefs, without exception guided me through the recovery process."
“I had to work very hard to get the 90 degree bend on my knee, that Mr Hahn insists on, but I knew from previous experience that it is the only way to get moving."
“The food was amazing, they really wanted me to eat and when I found it difficult, the lovely lady who delivered the food, went through every possible combination on the menu to tempt me. I ended up with cauliflower cheese for most meals, which was so beautifully served in a little chafing dish."
“Moray, on the other hand, came and ate his evening meal with me, as I would have worried he would live on crisps and there is a service offered that relatives can have a pre ordered meal with you, at an added cost. He ate like a prince and dined on salmon and lots of other goodies all available for the patients, should they so wish it."
“The nursing staff were extremely caring, sensitive and friendly, whilst maintaining and demonstrating exemplary professionalism. When I came home it was impressed on me that if I had a problem I could ring at any time."
“I did have an issue and the head physio rang me at home and talked me through the issue and reassured me, which was more than helpful. It is a tough operation and it does take some getting over for a couple of weeks."
“No knee operation works without physiotherapy afterwards, and the physio offered was exemplary. Aaron put me through my paces and by the end of four weeks I was walking slightly gingerly without sticks."
“So now I will be able to walk up the aisle in a tartan wedding dress thanks to Mr Hahn and Spire Nottingham Hospital. Bring it on!”