Looking back a year after my total knee replacement, what have I learned? I realise I’m fortunate. I didn’t have a terminal illness or a long term condition but end stage arthritis in one knee that could be fixed. Before the operation my world had narrowed and now it has widened out again and I
It was a year since my total knee replacement at the end of the month and I’ve come full circle. I celebrated by walking over ten miles through the Cotswold countryside. This was my target and will put me in good stead for walking up a mountain later in the year. It’s been the culmination
The world expands so much once you have an orthopaedic operation such as a total knee replacement. I can now walk into the middle of the countryside far away from a road and experience the landscape and the peace and quiet. This has always been so important to me ever since I moved to London
April was the tenth month after my total knee replacement and I could walk much further. After the holiday in Cornwall, which gave me more confidence in the distances that I could manage, I went back to see the physiotherapist. My Range of Movement has now gone up to 117, the highest ever. She thinks there’s
It was March. Spring was in the air and after my total knee replacement, nine months ago, at the beginning of the month, I feel as if I was truly getting back to normal. My husband commented, that after years of having to walk slowly because he was walking with me, I am now stepping
Having shingles had put me back completely in my rehabilitation from my total knee replacement seven months ago. It was now February and as if I had gone backwards in my fitness since the New Year. It felt dispiriting.
January started so well. The New Year meant that my total knee replacement felt further away as it was now ‘last year’. On a weekend walk up St Martha’s Hill on the North Downs, I tested out my knee in sand which had always been difficult and it was fine.
It’s the end of the year and in this month of celebration and joy, I quietly reflect on the six months since I had my total knee replacement at the end of June. I feel so grateful to my surgeon and his team and to my physiotherapist. I can walk now without pain and that
After my total knee replacement, four months earlier, I continued with the physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and exercise. My hamstrings were still protesting with muscle resistance when I bent my knee and tried to make it straight but there was progress. By the time, I had to go back to the hospital for a check up, I