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A Mentor by Choiceby Michelle Walker

Michelle WalkerI was visiting a family that I go to church with and I told their 4-year old who has curly hair that I always wanted curly hair. She looked very serious and very grown up as she told me that she always wanted wrinkles.

I sure hope my cute friend gets her wish of having wrinkles. Time will take care of that. And I hope she has lots of it so her cuteness will bless generations. But we all know that time doesn’t take care of everything.

Life doesn’t get better by chance.
It gets better by change.

My life is good enough without curls and I am not willing to pay the price to change that.

What if I am willing to pay the price for something much more important but I don’t even know where the path is or what the cost is to make things more the way I want them to be? That’s when I need a mentor.

The mentor is never the hero in my story. That is always me. But sometimes I need a guide. Someone who has walked the path before can help me put my feet on a path that better fits where I want to be heading. They can give me some perspective.

A mentor can be an old lady next door who, when I go over to fix her front gate, tells me the most inspiring stories about overcoming terrible difficulties while still maintaining her sense of humor.

A mentor can be my mom, who teaches me about integrity and resilience with her words, but mostly by the way she has lived her life.

A mentor can be someone I look up to that reminds me that I am not the first person to face this challenge and this too shall pass.

A mentor can be an inspiring radio personality.

I have all of these kinds of mentors in my life and many more.

But sometimes I have had very specific needs or problems that I couldn’t even define. I read the self-help books trying to figure it out but they weren’t quite doing the trick. Then one day I hired a mentor.

When you hire a mentor, you get a personal guide who can help you walk through the maze of how to get from where you are onto the path that leads to where you want to go.

I hope you will purposefully seek a mentor that can help you on your path. If it might be me, give me a call at 435-260-9232. If it really is your grandpa, give him a call. I don’t know his number.

You may not be able to change the world, but with some added perspective, you can change the world around you.


Should I See an Orthopedic Surgeon?

With hundreds of bones and joints in your body, it’s important to make sure they’re all functioning well, so you can function at your best! Here is a list of four situations when you should see an orthopedic surgeon:

1. You have a hard time performing your daily activities. Bone and joint discomfort can be common, especially as we age. But the pain or discomfort shouldn’t stop you from doing your daily activities. If you’re experiencing stiffness, decreased range of motion, or you are unable to walk up the stairs, it’s time to give our orthopedic surgery team a call.

2. You’re at-risk of falling. If you feel unstable while walking or standing or if you feel wobbly while performing your daily activities, this is a sign that something is wrong with your joints. Our team can help diagnose and treat the joint issues you are experiencing.

3. You’ve experienced a soft-tissue, joint, or bone injury.
Some minor injuries can be treated with ice and elevation, but if the injury hasn’t improved within two days, it’s time to give us a call so we can discover any deeper issues that may be prolonging the injury. If a bone is broken, you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. The Urgent Care or Emergency Department physician can work with our orthopedic surgeons to get you the best care possible.

4. Your joint pain is not improving. If your joint pain is chronic (lasting longer than three months), it’s time to seek professional help.

Our orthopedic team here at Moab Regional Hospital provides excellent musculoskeletal care to patients of all ages and activity levels. Our orthopedists are experienced in a wide variety of treatments ranging from acute injury to chronic joint problems. We work with patients to establish individualized care plans for their specific orthopedic needs.

Here in Moab, we’re lucky to have exclusive access to a wide range of outdoor activities and recreation. Whether you’re needing orthopedic surgery to recover from a sports injury or to help with chronic joint problems so you can regain your motion and get back out on those red rocks, Moab Regional Hospital has the treatment and care you need close to home.

We care for the following conditions:
• Pain/injury to shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, hips, ankles, feet, and knees
• Orthopedic injury (broken bones)
• Congenital disorders
• Arthritis
• We provide the following services:
• Reconstructive Surgeries
• Joint replacement for hips, knees and shoulders.
• Hand & Foot Surgeries
• Arthroscopic Surgeries
• Common hand operations, including carpal tunnel surgery.
• *We do NOT provide surgical services for the spine at this time.

Welcome The Newest Addition to Our Orthopedic Team
We’re excited to welcome a new Orthopedic Surgeon to our team! Dr. Kimberly Franke specializes in shoulder replacements, shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, and fractures but also performs general orthopedic surgery, including knee reconstructions and hip replacements.

Dr. Franke studied with Dr. Mark Frankle during her fellowship, who designed a reverse shoulder arthroplasty and was instrumental in bringing reverse shoulder replacement procedures to the United States. She also studied with Dr. Mark Mighell, who is a nationally recognized shoulder surgeon.

Dr. Franke enjoys outdoor recreational activities, especially mountain biking, canyoneering, and climbing. Her love of these activities translates to her excellence as an orthopedic surgeon and her desire to help those who have been injured get back to doing what they love.
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