When you are
responsible for directing overall farming operations for Lagomarsino Group, a
major agricultural services company producing specialty crops such as cherries,
blueberries, wine and table grapes and stonefruit in Tulare County, you have to be able to walk.
had become a problem for Steve “Doc” Blizzard, 70, who in recent years had
begun to suffer pain in both knees.
“I could only
walk 50-60 yards into the field,” said Steve, who retired earlier this year as
director of farming for Lagomarsino Group after 18 years in Tulare County. “The
amount of walking I could do was becoming shorter, but the pain was getting greater.”
work, Steve loved to hunt and fish, but those activities were also becoming harder
with knee pain. “When you are not feeling good you don’t want to do anything,
so I learned to just sit around the house,” Steve said.
accept a sedentary lifestyle, Steve visited Dr. Bruce Le, a local orthopedic
surgeon about the pain. While they tried cortisone injections, the relief was
just temporary. Knee replacement was necessary.
for two knee replacements at Kaweah Delta Medical Center; one was replaced in
2013, and the other in 2015. “I did one and the experience was so good I
couldn’t wait to get the other one done. I was really impressed with the whole
program,” he said. “I feel like I’m 30-40 years younger.”
has retired, he’s back to the outdoor activities he loves – hunting, fishing
and swimming, and has no plans to spend retirement sitting at home. But he has
planned a move to Texas so he can be closer to family.
the breaks have come off and now I can go,” he said. “Everything in life is