• Weeks 12-16 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, as after my holiday, there was still no improvement in the amount I could bend my knee. It was still stuck at 90 degrees of movement and I felt despondent.

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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 to an island where we had been before so it was familiar and relaxing -booking daytime flights from Stansted (with Air Corsica, a new budget

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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, R,  was reassuring when I was so worried about my range of movement. On examining

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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

    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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  • 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 my husband. He was a comforting safe presence. It felt strange that I had to summon up courage to go on a routine five

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  • 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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  • 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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