Bernard’s Support and Communication

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Bernie, 66, worked in the meatpacking industry for 30 years but is now retired and has become an Uber driver, which he loves. At University of Santa Clara, Bernie played defensive end and experienced a crack back block into his left knee. He had to have major surgery and physical therapy to activate his calf and quad muscles and repair his knee. In 1990 Bernie fell and after consulting with an orthopedic doctor he had another surgery to “clean up” the first one he had 20 years before. By 2015 Bernie was used to living with horrible knee pain. In November after stressing his knee acutely during exercise, he went to two doctors who told him he was a candidate for a full knee replacement. Bernie’s daughter was going to get married in April so he told doctors that he needed to be ready in time to walk her down the aisle. The doctor said he could make that happen.

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Bernie talks about how much strength and attention he got form his wife, Dianna. She was there every step of the way, helping with his pain management and exercises. They both had the goal for Bernie to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle 12 weeks after surgery.

BERNARD: I wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle for her wedding. By the time I get to the wedding, which is in another six weeks, I’ll have 120 degree range of motion in my knee and, uh, a lot more flexibility and, uh, maneuverability.

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