I'm 6 days post-op for my posterior medial meniscectomy and it all seems fine so far although I've not attempted to do anything serious on it yet bar some simple exercises to get the knee moving.
prior to the op I couldn't stand from sitting without pain and discomfort and that has disappeared almost immediately which I am grateful for. swelling around the knee has reduced a lot but still there above the knee but that's gradually getting better. the steristripped scars are are now starting to itch which is telling me that they are healing well - I'll take them off on Friday (9days) to see how they're looking and re-strip if needed. crutches lasted 5 mins (to leave hospital!) and not been used since....
as an over-60, I have some signs of arthritis in the knee but it's minor but my surgeon has categorically told me no running for at least 6 weeks or I risk not recovering fully as it will take longer at my age. he's happy to have me biking and swimming as long as I don't go nuts and I will stick to this.
overall - I'm a lot happier post-op and my wife says I'm smiling again rather than grimacing.
Cheers fat buddha, we're going on the Eurostar but the Lille branch looks very close to where we are staying so we'll probably give that a go. Now all we have to do is find veggie food for my OH! They don't generally get the principal of it in France..
I think you'll find that France has changed a lot on the veggie front - especially in cities
and if you're in transit via the Eurotunnel head into the eating area at the Cite d'Europe next door to the French end of the tunnel. there's a pub/eatery called the 3 Brasseurs - http://www.les3brasseurs.com/ - which has it's own microbrewery doing a range of beers (6 I think). they also offer a take away beer service as well.
we've stayed at the overnight parking area at the Cite in our motorhome and enjoyed a few of their beers....
EDIT - researching a bit further, the 3 Brasseurs is a chain of microbrewery eateries - and there's one in Lille as well. map here - http://www.les3brasseurs.com/les-restaurants-les-3-brasseurs.html
Lille just happens to be in the heart of French beer country - the Nord/Pas de Calais region produces some good local beers. this is partly due to it's proximity to Belgium and it's vast range of beers.
the main local brew is Pelforth but there are a number of smaller breweries (whose names escape me now) plus you'll get a fair selection of Belgian brews as well.