Words of Gratitude in a World of Lawsuits and Litigation


Next week I will have my right knee replaced—after having my right hip replaced, after having my left knee replaced, after having my right hip re-replaced. Dr. Bill Huang has been with me throughout. He’s the greatest guy I never want to see again.

But the gears have worn out, so Dr. Huang and I will head back into surgery. And thankfully, I’ll be in his care. With a serious smile on his face, he’ll get me back walking, back to my yoga mat, back to a life without pain.

Honestly, I’ve found myself hesitant to express my gratitude. After being part of a DePuy hip recall, I know stuff happens. If I were to say thanks, would my words come back to haunt me should there be a problem? I immediately imagined the worst, a two-day cross examination by the American Medical Association. “Ms. Nowadnick, did you, in fact, share a blog post dated Friday, September 4, 2015 in which you actually thanked Dr. Bill Huang for all that he has done for you?”

But I don’t want to live in fear and trepidation; I want to live in gratitude. I want to share a heartfelt thanks with a man who’s listened to me whine and complain and then whine and complain some more and then whine and complain some more and then whine and complain some more. Dr. Huang needs to know that I am truly grateful for all that he has done!

And let’s pray I’m the greatest patient he never has to see again!