My life back after knee replacement
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Me and My Knees at 58





I'm 58 years old and have a life I guess many people might envy; I live a three-minute walk away from the sea in Cornwall and every night when I come home from my job as a Teaching Assistant myself and my husband spend a lovely half hour or so simply walking up and down the beach, sometimes stopping to watch the sun go down.


For many years though, this was not the case. My knee pain started as a dull ache that worsened as I got older. I had to stop doing many of the things in life I'd begun to take for granted. My walks became shorter and shorter, and I found I couldn't play bowls at weekends as the pain when I bent down became intolerable. Eventually, even walking up and down the stairs became a tortuous ordeal.


When it began to impact my job, that's when things started to get really serious, and I knew I had to get help. I consulted an orthopaedic surgeon and he showed me the x-rays he took of my knees. It was bone grinding against bone and I knew the time had come for surgery.



I was nervous about the surgery but the surgeon gave me a lot of literature to read that helped ease my mind. My double knee replacement operation was a success. A period of rehabilitation followed and I knew if I was to get back to the life I once loved I was going to have to work hard, which I did.


To celebrate my new knees, my husband and I booked a dream trip to Naples, in Florida, famed for its peaceful, sandy-white beaches. Of course, we spent our evenings walking up and down the beach. It was a brilliant feeling to understand that thanks to my surgery, I'd gotten my life back, and I felt so grateful that I had.











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