Lift Off – Part II

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to use an ‘anti-gravity’ treadmill, which gives me the perfect excuse to indulge in my space theme a little longer (see NASA & Lift Off – Part I). Before I even made it to the machine, I had a significant break-through in my recovery. After some scar tissue massage, and further stretches and butt-clenching…

Bouncing back

After three long weeks of waiting, my knee finally got to meet the new brace today. It was exciting – the old brace had been discarded long ago, and it was time for my knee to move on. It was looking for something lighter, something new to get attached to. Introducing: rebound cartilage brace! Might…

Regret in a Cup

Following the hydrotherapy, I had some time on my hands before my physio session. As it turns out, this is exactly what happened as I haplessly crutched around the hospital in search of caffeine. I’ve been sleep-deprived in the past few weeks, so I needed coffee. It was my first solo journey, and I’d not…

Lift Off – Part I

I removed my shoes at the door, dropping them into a plastic bucket with all the others. My crutches were abandoned, and I was given a replacement zimmer frame. This was a new low, I had to admit. I shuffled slowly to the changing rooms, sweating but unable to carry my coat, and feeling old…

Hotel Bill

Following my surgery, my folks allowed me to stay with them for almost six weeks. Of course, it would have been better under different circumstances, but it was a unique chance to spend some quality time with them all. Recovering from a knee operation is dull when you’re restricted from moving around and doing normal things, but…

NASA

In the past five years, techniques to fix dodgy knees have come a long way. Back in 2012 when London hosted the Olympics, the only option for me was to twiddle my thumbs until I qualified for a knee replacement a few decades later. I was 22. Fast forward to now, and I’ve taken part in…