Lori Otter needs post-rodeo surgery

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comAugust 28, 2013 

Gov. Butch Otter says his wife dislocated her shoulder in a team-roping competition on the couple's seventh wedding anniversary.

Otter told the story Tuesday during an address in Boise to the business community. He said he and his wife were competing in cattle roping at the Haines, Ore., rodeo on Aug. 18.

"I call it 'Underwear, Ore.,' for obvious reasons," Otter cracked before pre-emptively answering inquiries about Lori's health.

Otter said she was first treated at the Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City, Ore. "I can't believe how that doctor put her shoulder back in. He put his foot in her armpit and jerked on that arm. ... I couldn't get away with that."

Otter, 71, has had some ailments become public because they kept him away from work during the 2008 and 2009 legislative sessions. But he said his doctors have been busier than most knew.

"(Lori's) been concerned about all of my operations because I've got a new left ankle, a new right knee, a new right hip, both shoulders. And I had some work done on one of my eyes" for peripheral vision.

"I told her - even though she's 23 years younger than I am - I said, 'One more operation, Lori, and I'm going to be younger than you with all these new parts.' And so I think she's trying to catch up."

Dan Popkey: 377-6438

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