• Winter food

    Winter after an operation calls for warming food, for roasts, stews, bakes and soups. If my operation had been scheduled for the winter instead of midsummer, I would have definitely prepared some dishes like lasagne, shepherds pie, pasta bakes and dhal for the freezer. Food that I could have just taken out to defrost in

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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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  • Autumnal food

    SALADS As the weather changed, I couldn’t just fling a salad on the table and be done with it, although I did try my best. This pear, Gorgonzola and walnut salad is one of my absolute favourites. Pear, walnut and Gorgonzola dolce salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes

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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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  • Fruit salads

    It’s hardly a recipe but a fruit salad is the easiest pudding as there isn’t any cooking. It is a fact universally acknowledged in our household, that if I say,  there’s the fruit bowl for pudding, no one is that interested. But the fruit is cut up and arranged it prettily on a platter, then

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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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