• Month 5 after the TKR

    Four months after my total knee replacement, I continued with the physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and exercises. My hamstrings were still protesting with muscle resistance when I bent my knee and tried to straighten it but there was progress. By the time, I had to go back to the hospital for a check up, I had a fully

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  • Month 4 after the TKR

    These weeks after my total knee replacement were the hard weeks. I wondered if there would ever be light at the end of the tunnel.  After my holiday, there was still no improvement in the amount I could bend my knee despite the fact that I did my exercises punctiliously and had been swimming every

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  • Summer holiday abroad

    After my total knee replacement, it was time for a late summer holiday and we flew to Corsica. As I went through the security scanner, it bleeped which meant that a security woman took me to one side and patted me down. (I don’t mind this at all and  it’s happened on every flight I’ve

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  • Weeks 6-10 after the TKR

    In the sixth week after my total knee replacement, I knew that I had to work on improving my range of movement and I started a new regime of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy at the local independent hospital.  My new physiotherapist was reassuring as I was so worried about my range of movement. On examining my

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  • Reflections Week 1-5

    Five weeks after my total knee replacement, the milestone of not having to wear TED socks means 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 the stronger  prescription painkillers

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  • Using public transport

    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 and up and

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  • Knee pictures

    My elder daughter said that no one would be remotely interested in seeing pictures of my knee and my scar after my total knee replacement. She’d obviously heard far too much about it for her liking. However, a friend of mine, who had the operation a few months after me, found them fascinating and reassuring so

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  • Rehab Week 5

    This week’s progress led me further afield. It was time to go out for a walk on my own as all the walking I had done so far outside had been with  a friend or with my husband. He was a comforting, strong and safe presence. It felt strange that I had to summon up courage

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  • 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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