A gregarious 75-year-old on the go, Robert Clymer is affectionately called “Pop-Pop” by the students he greets each morning at Faith Christian Academy. With six children and 24 grandchildren, the former principal of the school, longtime history teacher, student greeter, coach, volunteer and woodworker rarely sits. So when he began having difficulty walking, climbing steps and scaling his hillside property, he knew it was time to consider a bilateral knee replacement.
“Bad knees didn’t slow me down – I just did everything with pain,” recalled Robert. “I could have held out another year or two longer, but enough is enough. I wanted to get back to living my life without all the aches, pains and stiffness.” He scheduled the double knee replacement at The Joint Center at Grand View Health in June with the goal of starting the new school year without pain. “After the surgery, I was on my feet within hours, out of the hospital in a day, and walking without a cane in just four weeks,” said Robert. “I can’t say enough about the whole team. From the nurses and therapists to Dr. Weidner, everyone was fantastic.” He attributes his quick recovery to the great care he received and being diligent about doing all of the recommended pre- and post-surgery exercises.
Just two months after his surgery, Robert started the 2016-17 school year standing at the school entrance to greet and high-five students welcoming them warmly for a new year full of possibilities.