• One year after

    Looking back a year after my total knee replacement, what have I learned? I realise I’m fortunate. I didn’t have a terminal illness or a long term chronic condition but end stage arthritis in one knee that could be fixed. Before the operation, my world had narrowed and now it has widened out again and

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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 it felt as if I had gone backwards in my fitness since the New Year. It felt dispiriting but I managed to make the most of the unexpected weather by walking over

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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 the first weekend of the year, I went for a Sunday afternoon walk on the North Downs, walked up St Martha’sHill and tested out my knee on a sandy path which had

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  • Month 6 after the TKR

    It’s the end of the year and in December, this month of celebration and joy, I quietly reflect on the six months since I had my total knee replacement at the end of June. I can walk now without pain and that is something I will never take for granted again. On Christmas Eve, I

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  • 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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  • Autumnal food

    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 salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes and dolcelatte.

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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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