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 out quickly and have, in his words, ‘a power surge’ when deciding to go past people going more slowly.

South Downs Way
South Downs Way

I walked the furthest I’ve walked for a long time in one go, eight miles on the South Downs Way in Hampshire.  To be honest, it was supposed to be four and a half miles but we went the wrong way, but it showed that I need more confidence in thinking that I can go these distances. And the next morning, I had slight stiffness in my calves which I actually appreciated as it showed how far I had gone and how many hills I had gone up.

Cornish coastal path near Zennor
Cornish coastal path near Zennor

At the end of the month, during a holiday in Cornwall, it was cheering to see what I could do, in comparison with the year before. I stride out along the beaches, walk up uneven, steep cliff paths hewn out of the granite and go out for an evening constitutional each night when in previous years, I would have been tired and limping badly by the evening. I revel in the feeling of being away from everybody, while walking, especially up the top of Godolphin Hill, where we can see both the north and south coast of Cornwall.

Godrevy Beach
Godrevy Beach

 

 

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