When Bernie went into surgery his blood pressure was very high since he was so nervous. Diana thinks he shouldn’t have read so much about the procedure before the operation. Once out of surgery, Bernie looked and felt great. He walked the halls of the hospital four hours after the surgery was completed. He was cleared to go home by the doctor after two days in the hospital, but both Bernie and Diana didn’t feel emotionally ready for him to come home so they decided he should stay one more night in the hospital before being discharged.
DIANA: He went into surgery and we were in there and his blood pressure was just going off the charts. And they kept saying, "Are you sure you don't take blood pressure medication? Are you sure you don't have high blood pressure?" And-and he doesn't. He was just so nervous. He had a fever and so they were thinking well maybe we shouldn't do the surgery 'cause now his blood pressure's high and he's got this temperature. He was a wreck and I think even afterwards he said, "Even up to that point I was ready to say I don't wanna do this."
DIANA: He probably shouldn't have read so much information, you know. I mean he'd just go-he went in there thinking they're just gonna cut off my leg. And that just scared the crap out of him. Sorry I didn't mean to say crap. [LAUGH]
DIANA: The night before the surgery I was bringing him dinner because it was hard for him to walk. And he finished his dinner. He just jumped up and gave me this big smack ki-this big fat kiss. Like it was like he wasn't gonna see me again.
DIANA: This guy does knee surgeries all day long, all week long, all year long. What are you worried about? I mean it's gonna be fine. So I feel a little guilty that I wasn't more in tune with his feelings. And he wasn't sharing it. I mean I knew he was drinking a little bit more. And eating a little bit less. And not talking and very quiet.