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Finished One of out of two tours with my new knee

Well don’t know where to classify my two RS tour as good bad or ugly. Lol! Trying to stay positive. If you followed my knee replacement recovery from last aug that my friend jane posted,......here is my knee update. It is the only positive thing so far on events (our London 7 day tour was great, trip report later when we get home). Knee has been fantastic. We walked all over London, used underground everywhere and up and down stairs all over. NO pain! So knocking on wood (my head) I am blessed ,

Bad and ugly —- a plane trip, had to deal with a few bad issues. English sycamore trees getting my allergies on a rage, now DH is ill too. So we have been partly up in our hotel room for our 3 free days prior to started of our 2nd tour in France , starts tonight.

So onward we go to conquer these obstacles.

I can deal with the bad stuff but so glad the knee replacement had been great!

Cheers!!

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yay! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Yay!

Keep on truckin'

You'll get there...

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After following your posts on your knee replacement, it is such great news that your knee is holding up. Hope you recover soon from the the plane trip and illness and enjoy your next tour in France.

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I seem to recall you are doing the Paris and Heart of France tour next. You may recall I did that tour 6 months after my knee replacement as a kind of victory lap. It is very positive your knee is doing so well. Let us know how you do climbing up Mont St. Michel. I discovered I was allergic to linden trees my first trip to Italy. I can sympathize. Sending good thoughts to your husband that he is over the worst part and can now enjoy France.

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Kim,
So happy your knee is holding up so beautifully! Hope your DH is well soon and able to enjoy your tour! I loved this tour, am excited for you to be going on it.

Btw, my friend I went to Israel with this spring is considering going on the Scandinavia tour next year. This would be her first RS tour. Maybe it will all work out that we will go on the same tour as you. Eastern France and St. Petersburg may have to stay in the lineup for future years!

Enjoy France!

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Kim! Glad to hear the knee is working out great but poo on the pollen. If you feel you can leave the hotel room, I'd head for a pharmacy and see if you can get something to help!

Sending you good thoughts!

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Congrats on knee success!!

I got hit hard with allergies in France and the UK this month. My Claritin was not doing the trick. Someone recommended Zyrtec and Flonase. GOOGLE the ingredients and bring to the pharmacy with you. I am doing much better as a result. Took the Flonase 2x per day to start.

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Had our first dinner, excellent but not much of appetite. Our tour guide ran me to the pharmacy so I could get meds and help with communication. Pill down and nose spray done. She said she was that way a few weeks ago and cleared it all up! Fingers crossed.

Thanks all!

Kim

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Awesome! The RS tour guides are great with that. They want you well and they don't want the group to get anything either!

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So glad to hear your knee is doing well. I have followed your posts and hoped all would go well. Allergies in Europe is definitely a “thing”. Hang in there and have a wonderful tour in France!

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Kim - glad all is well with the knee. I had the same issue with the English sycamore trees in London the week before you. Wasn’t Jeanie great! Hope you and DH are feeling better and enjoying France.

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Hi Kim. So glad to hear your knee is doing great. I think I mentioned to you I'd had a bit of a setback with my right knee (the first one replaced) before our Scotland trip. I'd gotten some more therapy and was doing OK, but then twisted something coming down the plane stairs to the tarmac on our flight into Edinburgh. Bad first day, but felt better second day. Then almost got hit by a car in front of our hotel (we saw multiple near-misses between people and cars in the city). As I was scurrying to avoid the car, something popped in the knee. Another bad night.

HOWEVER, after soldiering on through a few days of walking 5 to 10 miles with lots of climbing, I realized both knees felt better than they had in weeks. Made it through the rest of the tour just fine and have continued to feel better since returning home. Going down stairs is still uncomfortable, but manageable. Again, great to hear you're doing so well.

And I hope you get all your other ailments sorted and can totally enjoy the rest of your trip.

Sorry we couldn't connect at O'Hare (I have a wrong-bag story I may post here). I'll be back up there May 30 to pick up our son, who's returning home after his semester at the University of Edinburgh.

Cheers!

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Still doing good on the knee. We go to Mont St-Michel which will be the test.

Another kink in our travels.... pray for safety for Oklahoma. My city broken arrow evidently has some damage, minor I hope and no casualties from tornadoes that have caused havoc in okla since we have been here. Tornado or the high winds were 1/4 mile south of our house. My neighbor said things appear to be fine but don’t know anymore than that. More are on the way again today and this week.

Off to breakfast and the bus
Cheers!

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Hubby feeling better?

Good luck at Mont S Michele. Hope you power through

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Think we are feeling better. Four more days.

Great news on knee. Still going strong with no or very little pain. Made it to top of mont st michel. It was so easy. We walked and hiked the Mont. think this was an excellent pt for my new knee

On to Normandy

Thanks

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I just have to chime in here ... We're on the same tour as Kim and her DH, as well as two other folks from the Tulsa area. We have also been joined by a friend from California, who occasionally posts on this Forum as broekerd.

Kim has been great! She had a rocky first few days of the tour and her DH had an even harder time, but you should have seen the huge smile on her face when we got down from Mont St-Michel this morning! They're doing just fine.

This is a grand tour. Now that everyone seems to be healthy, it's going great. We had one person fall in Paris, but she just received a few scratches and bruises, and that woman's husband had a freak accident that had him hobbling on crutches for several days, but everyone is doing well now, and having a great time.

We head to the D-Day beaches tomorrow, so I'm glad everyone is in good shape.

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Thanks for the update you two!

Normandie will be awesome.

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Oh Kim, I'm so glad to hear that the knee is working like it's supposed to. I just got back from Northern Arizona and southern Utah. I climbed hills and walked through slot canyons on my new knee and it worked perfectly (it's only been a little over 3 months). I'm sorry to read that it started roughly. I'm glad things are getting better. I can't wait to read your trip report after you return. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Thanks for the conquering-Mont-St-Michel report, Jane. It sounds like Kim’s knee has really passed the test!

I hope you all had a wonderful and moving experience at the DDay beaches. And have you gone to the Loire yet?

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Kim from Paris, yes! What a beautiful region. I can see why the Loire Valley is so popular.

We actually had our final group dinner last night, so as soon as we finish breakfast, the tour is over! One of our tour mates made a touching tribute to our guide Michaelanne: "You put the heart in the Heart of France!"

Great tour. Thanks to you for all your help, as well.

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so 2 tours down, 2 knees working!

Thanks for the update, Jane!

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Got home Saturday. Resting, unpacking, washing clothes and seeing grands this weekend. Working today and tues, and fri. I will try to start my trip reports this weekend or next week.

Thanks. Kim

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Kim, glad you made it home safely. We're having a wonderful time on our second RS tour. Can't wait to see you later this summer and compare notes.