Anyone who has a conversation with me in my 15 years at EMC knows, I am a strong supporter of applying 'Lean Thinking / Continuous Improvement (CI)’ to every process in the workplace as well as at home to reduce waste. The value of spoiled product (re-workable or not) is bad enough, adding the value of wasted time is painful and expensive.
I have said many times, ‘Applying Lean / CI’ has a huge impact on your customer relations. Delivering your customer their order on time is the key to success. Lean / CI saves time and makes life at work & home so much easier. This year has been very busy for our preferred vendor in Ontario and the Maritimes as we have seen a large increase with our valued EMC Members moving forward with their training & coaching / mentoring initiatives. Call me if you ever want to chat about Lean / CI.
My ‘Full Double Knee Replacement’ was October 13th …
Just before Christmas last year, I finally decided to go see my doctor about the trouble I had been experiencing with my right knee when going down the stairs at the office. Diagnosis by my Orthopedic Surgeon was quick – my right knee was a mess so it needed to be replaced – oh well, let’s get it done I said. However over the next few months I realized my left knee was starting to act up and sure enough I finally had to yell ‘Uncle’ to my surgeon who immediately told me it was almost as bad as the right one – the exact words were my knees could be the worst she had ever seen & her physiotherapist was going to use them as his example of how bad knees can look – he also compared mine to what Bobby Orr’s looked like in his autobiography and he said mine were worse.
I won’t go into a lot of details, but I would not hesitate in doing both again even though I did not have good leg to depend on during recovery.
While I was uncomfortable during my 4 days in the hospital, it was not as bad as I was expecting and I have to say it was but once I got home, I was surprised how mobile I was.
With a little luck I hope to be back on tennis courts in the spring.
My ‘Lean Initiative’ was I have lost over 40 pounds & my ‘CI Initiative’ is I no longer have pain going down the stairs.