Injured reeve will be ‘back in full swing’
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 5, 2017
Highlands East Reeve
Dave Burton’s recovery is going so well that he returned to his seat at the
council table on Wednesday.
“Even the physio [staff] can’t believe how far I have progressed and how things are going. I’m going to be back in full swing,” he said.
Just before Christmas, on Dec. 23 last year, Burton slipped and fell on the ice. On the way down, he ruptured the tendons and quad muscles in both legs after landing on his truck’s running board.
Burton underwent surgery at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and was transferred to Haliburton hospital on Jan. 3. He spent about a month and a half there before being transported to Peterborough Regional Health Centre for rehabilitation. He logged a total of 72 days in hospital.
Burton was discharged from Peterborough on March 3.
While recovering, Deputy Reeve Suzanne Partridge fulfilled the reeve’s duties. However, Burton stayed on top of council business by calling in to meetings.
Now a therapist visits him at home once a week for about half an hour.
“They just see how you’re doing and give you more exercises to do,” he said.
Burton has a walker but is able to get around without it. He is driving and is able to shower on his own. One of the biggest challenges has been regaining his balance.
“I’m out walking a little bit,” he said, adding his driveway is somewhat steep but that makes it a good exercise for his muscles.
Burton will have a follow-up appointment with his surgeon at some point in time.
He is grateful for the care he received in Haliburton, especially from the nurses and doctors like Dr. Kristy Gammon. He visited the hospital last week to thank them in-person.
“The care was excellent.”
Burton took an extended leave in Highlands East and wasn’t expected to return until June. Early on, his full recovery was estimated at three weeks to three months.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.