• Rehab Week 4

    I enjoyed noting the progress I was making. I could walk upstairs properly using both feet together, one and then the other. I now had to to concentrate on doing the same downstairs instead of coming down one step at a time. This was harder as it takes more bending of the knee using muscles

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  • Summer food-entertaining

    After my total knee replacement, it was really important for me to have friends around.  I enjoyed  lunch dates and then later on, when I was feeling less tired, having people round for dinner.  I didn’t want to feel isolated; I wanted to chat, to hear news, to gossip and what better way to do it

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  • Rehab Week 3

    I’d now got myself into a routine of lying on the sofa in the kitchen four times a day with a 2kg bag of frozen peas over my knee and my knee propped up on an old pillow over the sofa arm which meant it was  higher than my heart. And then I did my

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  • Summer food-salads

    The weather was too hot for cooking so we ate a lot of salad. This is all easy food that can be made so quickly but it looks really pretty laid out on a platter. I often invited friends for lunch to keep me company and I  made a variation and served it with ciabatta

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  • Rehab Week 2

    This was my first week at home on my own which was progress in itself. Before I had my operation, we planted tubs in the garden with geraniums, aubretia, cosmos, nasturtiums, winter lilies, anything cheap and colourful really.  It  was cheering to be able to look out onto it when the rest of the garden

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  • Easy Food

    After a total knee replacement, or indeed any major operation, then food just has to be easy. It’s the time that I thanked my lucky stars for ready meals, takeaways, freezer meals, and for vegetables, frozen, already prepared or tinned.  I am also very much aware that I wasn’t on my own as my husband

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  • Rehab Week 1

    COMING HOME FROM HOSPITAL Coming home from hospital after a total knee replacement reminded me of when I first took my elder daughter home from hospital although this time I had a new knee and not a new baby. I was relieved and thankful but anxious.  I didn’t know what I was supposed to be

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  • The hospital stay

    After my total knee replacement, I took this photo from my hospital bed at 4am the morning after surgery.  I had been wide awake all night and the new dawn felt symbolic. The philosophy in the unit was that patients in the unit  were not ill  needed inpatient care and rehabilitation would then continue the

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  • Operation day

    The day of the total knee replacement finally arrived. These are my tips-: Make yourself a schedule for the day  so you are not running around panicking all day long                eg Alarm, 6.10am, Breakfast by 6.30am, Leave house, 12.15pm Arrive hospital 1pm. Operation c3-4pm Set your alarm so you

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