• Month 10 after the TKR

    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

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  • Month 9 after the TKR

    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

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  • Month 8 after the TKR

    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.

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  • Month 7 after the TKR

    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.

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  • Weeks 22-26 after the TKR

    Learning to stride out more and not to take foreshortened steps. It’s the end of the year and time for celebration to 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

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  • Summer holiday abroad

    After my total knee replacement, it was time for a summer holiday and we went to Corsica. We tried to make it as straightforward and easy as possible by -: going somewhere we had been before so it was familiar and relaxing booking daytime flights from Stansted (with Air Corsica, a new budget airline) having  a

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  • Reflections Week 1-5

    Five weeks after my total knee replacement, the milestone of not having to wear TED socks is such a relief that the hardest bit is over. I can already feel that my knee is stronger and sturdier and  I can walk without pain. Although I am occasionally  taking over the counter painkillers, I am no longer taking

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  • Using public transport after an operation

    Using public transport after an operation such as a total knee replacement is challenging. This is what I learned from Week 5 onwards after my first expedition going 2 stops on the bus. Getting out the house is the first challenge. As I couldn’t move around quickly, I couldn’t rush around the house, shouting, “where is

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  • Knee pictures

    My elder daughter said no one going to want to see pictures of my knee and my scar here.  However, a friend of mine who had the operation a few months after me, found them fascinating and reassuring so I’ve put them here in one post which can easily be skipped over. My wound only

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