• Rehab Week 4

    In the fourth week after my total knee replacement, I enjoyed noting the progress I was making. -I could walk upstairs properly using both feet, first one foot 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

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  • Entertaining

    After my total knee replacement, it was really important for me to have friends around.  I enjoyed my  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

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  • Rehab Week 3

    Three weeks after my total knee replacement  and 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

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  • Summer salads

    The weather was too hot for cooking so there was much salad to be had. I was the lady who lunched and invited friends round to keep me sane and to keep me company as I recuperated. This is all easy food that I could make quickly but looked fresh, pretty and inviting. The theory

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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 had planted tubs in the garden with geraniums, aubretia, cosmos and nasturtiums.  It  was cheering to be able to look out onto it when the rest of the garden was becoming faded and parched

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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 frozen, tinned and pre-prepared vegetables, I am also very much aware that I wasn’t on my own as my husband and

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  • Rehab Week 1

    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 but anxious.  I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing and had to work it

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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 dawn was symbolic. It felt like a new beginning in my life The philosophy in the unit was that patients in the unit – were not ill

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  • Operation day

    The day of the total knee replacement finally arrived. I had to be at the hospital for one o’clock in the afternoon with the operation scheduled to start imbetween 3 and 4pm. This meant that I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything after six thirty in the morning. I made myself a schedule so

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