Day 73 Struggling High Pain Day

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I seem to have a few good days then a crash down to the bottom. Clearly my pacing skills are pants, and I’m either doing too much, or the scar tissue just won’t let me go beyond the strength I have.

Yesterday I had an amazing day of physio, I felt strong, and like I was progressing, but this morning I feel like crap!

I went to sit down and my god it felt like it was ripping as I hovered above the seat, just under the scar, it’s swollen and hurts like hell. Always around the butt, piriformis area. Hope hot water bottles work enough. Even the groin decided to join the pain party!! Yes I’m moaning, but my god it hurts.

But I’m not giving up, technically I have 1 year to push it to see how far it can go, maybe I need to dial it back a little and respect it a bit more. Think marathon not race. Maybe I’m too eager to get it fixed, that I’m hindering it by going too fast?

I think the flare up of pain is from trying to work out both legs, as some exercises require me to stand alone on that leg, and although I use a walking stick, perhaps it’s not enough, and I’d be better suited to a crutch for now?

So that’s my future plan for next week, but as it’s the weekend. I’m going to relax, read and visit family members instead of physio. Do you have anything good planned this weekend?

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Day 72 #HipReplacement Red or Green Band?

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The last few days I’ve not managed to get outside and walk, so it’s been hydro or physio at home.

I’m back on the red band as I can do the exercises with it, with reasonable ease. But I’m debating whether that’s good or not? Like is it wise to do more reps with low resistance, or low reps with high resistance? Definitely something to ask at hydro next week.

Back to

  • Glute exercise 20 reps x 2
  • Quad exercise 20 reps x 2
  • Heel Slide 20 reps x 2
  • Hip abduction 20 reps x 2
  • Single leg raise 20 reps x 2
  • Short Arc quad 20 reps x 2
  • Clam side drop 20 reps x 2
  • Ankle ball squeezes 20 reps x 2
  • Knee ball squeezes 20 reps x 2
  • Long arc quad 20 reps x 2

Used the RED band throughout, and 2 sets took 40 mins. I felt a few twinges around the groin, nothing to worry over but enough to need rest and hot water bottles.

Following rest and warming of the joints I carry in with these

  • Hip flexion 20 reps x 2
  • Hip abduction 20 reps x 2
  • Hip extension 20 reps x 2
  • Heel to butt 20 reps x 2
  • Mini squats 20 reps x 2
  • Step ups 20 reps x 2
  • Monster walk 20 reps x 2

Feel it in the butt when I do the mini squats, and admittedly the hip flexion isn’t my friend either. Pulls at the groin, and hip flexor. These 2 sets took 40 mins as well. Did both legs as well, so that’s only my second time of including the opposite hip on the standing exercises. Feels good but quite hard.

At least I don’t have to focus on my hands and their pain while doing these exercises.

Day 71 Hydro and OT appointments

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Yesterday was Wednesday and I had my appointments for both OT (Occupational therapist) then closely followed by Hydrotherapy. It was brilliant to have on the same day, saves traveling and parking two separate days.

My first appointment was OT and I showed her my photo of my swollen knuckles, and explained the pain.

And she gave me some compression gloves to start wearing, whenever I feel like I need them. To gently compress and warm the hand joints.

Totally not attractive, I mean look at them!! But needs must. And I also need to make an appointment with the gp, to discuss steroids or effective pain relief.

So that was done, time for Hydro. And following the weeks walking adventures, I was already tired. But eager to workout as hard as I could too.

  • Walk up down pool forwards x 3
  • Walk up down pool sideways x 3
  • Walk up down pool backwards x 3
  • Hip flexion 20 reps x 2
  • Hip abduction 20 reps x 2
  • Hip extension 20 reps x 2
  • Step ups forward 20 reps x 2
  • Step up sideways 20 reps x 2
  • Push float down core exercise 20 reps x 2
  • Mini squats 20 reps x 2

That was honestly me done, I hobbled out exhausted but accomplished. Once home and dinner done, I promptly fell asleep again. It’s definitely wearing me out proper!!

10 weeks post #hipreplacement

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When I first embarked on this journey 9th Jan I can honestly say I was not prepared. I thought I was but looking back now, I know my expectations were way off. I expected to be magically pain free, skipping up the mountains as others are.

Not me, even at halfway through I was beginning to think I couldn’t see a way out, it was never going to happen like it does for others. I was whiney I admit it.

But then just like that it’s started to fall into place. I find myself turning in bed with greater ease, though the pillow is still my friend.

I find walking unaided better around the house, but it still tires out quickly and that brings the limp and thigh pain.

As I said I’m still getting pain at times, from deep inside the thigh, or deep in the buttock, under an old scar. Groin pain occasionally flares up, or the golf ball swelling. And the scar sometimes stings or is itchy? No idea why though.

Stairs I hate hate hate, it pulls at my operated sides knee. But I’m getting up them better, as long as they have either 2 Bannisters or 1 I can hold and stick the other side.

Got myself a new Tee, I had too. It shows I have Custom Parts as my hip replacement is custom made. So I’ll be wearing this to the OT and Hydro appointments.

Day 69 post #hipreplacement

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The last few days we’ve had exercise in the form of walking outside. Whether it’s as effective as physio is debatable, but it’s certainly more enjoyable at times. But I definitely need my walking stick and I stop frequently too.

Opting for picnic sarnies along the way, it’s been a good way to exercise, and bond with hubby. And better yet get some much needed fresh air too.

It all goes well for my overall fitness as we were trying uneven ground, different floor coverings such as mud, pebbles, grass. These help work the ankles, and knees and hips too.

We have walked around Ironbridge on the Sunday, and Monday we did the Sundial at Cannock Chase.

Tuesday we did more of Cannock chase as that’s our local. Each time we walk, although brief it’s really fulfilling. Though my operated knee is often playing up and stays for the rest of the day. And I definitely feel the glute not working well too.

I’m off to Occupational therapy and Hydrotherapy on Wednesday so I will see what they say about my hands which are admittedly painful this last few weeks.

Day 68 Blog Book Tour Is Back Again.

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Here I am again on a Blog Book Tour, a new author to me, and as before this book is #AD #GIFTED but all thoughts and reviews are my own.

But first it’s Day 68, and physio is going well, now feels so much harder with the inclusion of both legs. But I’m glad because I’m pretty sure they both could do with strengthening. And it feels like a more complete workout.

I’m finding with physio, because it’s harder, I’m getting more tired so I either promptly fall asleep afterwards (which I did first time I introduced 2 legs) or I’m too tired to do much except relax and read.

So this is the book I read….

My Review

I felt this book should come with a trigger warning for some. It’s a crime book so I kind of expect violence to be described inside. But for some it’s very descriptive and could stir up feelings. So I will warn everyone that it contains Domestic Violence.

Now that’s out of the way, I have to share how gritty, and real this book feels, easy to feel high emotions as you are reading, fear, sadness, hopelessness, sheer frustration and more, all probably reflecting what the author has actually experienced in real life first hand.

Its a good pace, and I didn’t want to stop reading, even though it was so harrowing at times. It’s not a light read that doesn’t affect you, far from it. I found myself mulling over the story for days, trying to second guess how the plot would unfold.

Heart goes out to Grace as their are parts of this character you identify with. You feel each dashed hope, each crushed dream, but the ever burning spark of hope still going. Maddie was also a good character for me, tendinous and strong with a lot of empathy. I love forward to reading more and seeing this character develop over time.

Day 67 Mixing it Up

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I definitely feel your body remembers its ability and once you get to that level, it can stop challenging itself, and it stays the same.

So although I continuously repeat the same exercises over and over. I find ways to make them harder, more resistance, or less support, or without breaks, do them faster etc. All the while the foundations of these exercises are solid.

If I find the next stage too much, I go back down a level for a while, until I feel I can move up. Some days I can easily progress others I’m back down to the day after surgery status. I just have to remember it’s all progress no matter how slowly.

This is what happened today. I attempted some new additions, to extend my workout today. And I used green band (it’s too advanced for me after trying it out)

  • Shoulder Press 15 reps x 2
  • Bicep curl 15 reps x 2
  • Lateral raise 15 reps x 2
  • Bicep row 15 reps x 2
  • Tricep kickback 15 reps x 2
  • Chest press 15 reps x 2

These are reasonably easy and a good warm up.

Next I did some old regulars with a green band (it’s too much) and some new exercises (again I think they are too advanced for me yet)

  • Goblet squat 15 reps x 1
  • Hip bridge 15 reps x 1
  • Clam side drop (Green Band) 15 reps x 1
  • Side leg raise (Green Band) omg how difficult!? 15 reps x 1
  • Side clam raise 15 reps x 1 (my worst exercise, I can barely lift it)
  • Supine marching (Green Band) 15 reps x 1
  • Prone bent knee raise 15 reps x 1

I found these difficult, so maybe try without a band at all. Lying on operated side is NOT happening. So I can only do one leg.

With the Green band I can barely move legs outwards in this exercise. But that’s ok.

The Clam should look like this. But mine is more like this

The effort to lift this leg is immense!! It’s so hard, so heavy and gave me groin pain, so I had to stop this. I’m clearly NOT ready.

Then lastly I tried this new exercise.

Firstly I struggled to keep the leg upright, it wanted and pulled to drop outwards, which would definitely dislocate my hip. So I feel this is too dangerous for me. So I’ll ask advice on this one before repeating it.

Day 66 Back in the Swing

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Following enforced days of rest, or opting for housework instead. I’m back onto the physio train. And I’ve found that actually these days off are far more beneficial than I ever thought.

I’m finding the post op exercises you are given are getting easy to do once again, even though I’ve now introduced the RED band on ever exercise.

So this time, instead of solely focusing on the Right (Operated Leg) I’ve done the other leg too. Which means standing on 1 leg!! My surgery leg. I’m nowhere near doing this unaided, so the walking stick was very needed.

It feels good to be working the legs out equally. Though it was very tiring and sore afterwards. It feels good to progress.

  • Glute exercise 20 reps x 2
  • Quad exercise 20 reps x 2
  • Heel Slide 20 reps x 2
  • Hip abduction lying down 20 reps x 2
  • Short Arc quad 20 reps x 2
  • Single leg raise 20 reps x 2
  • Clam on back let legs drop out 20 reps x 2
  • Ankle ball squeezes 20 reps x 2
  • Knee ball squeezes 20 reps x 2
  • Long arc quad 20 reps x 2

These took 40 mins to do the 2 sets. After these I need a break, reset my stiffness and have some dinner. I rewarded myself with #Supernatural episode while I did these.

The next lot I struggle more with, especially now it’s standing exercises, and that’s my weak point, especially standing on one leg, either side is weak. So no good sides here. Put on #Legacies to help distract my mind while I did these, took the 40 mins to do 2 sets.

  • Hip flexion 20 reps x 2 (still one of the hardest exercises for me, aches on the lift)
  • Hip abduction 20 reps x 2 (hard to stand on operated leg only, unsteady, need stick a lot)
  • Hip extension 20 reps x 2 (again hard to stand on the one leg)
  • Heel to butt 20 reps x 2
  • Onto tip toes 20 reps x 2
  • Mini squats (felt good doing these for once) 20 reps x 2
  • Step ups 20 reps x 2
  • Monster walk 20 reps x 2

Promptly fell asleep afterwards I was shattered. Just goes to show, that still over 9 weeks this recovery process is kicking my ass.

Day 65 Dragging my heels

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It’s been so hit miss this week workout physio wise. Either I’ve not been able to do any, due to aching or soreness. Or actual life has gotten in the way.

It’s not bad though, it just means I’m returning to ‘real’ life, where it’s not possible to to physio 3 times a day and only focus on that.

I had wondered what my lack of motivation this week was due to🤔 and today I found out, damn mother nature!! She is back in full force, so that explains my foot bones shifting positions, and my shoulder dislocating when I was wiping the kitchen sides.

But I did complete my first outing without my husband. It wasn’t alone though, I was with my eldest daughter. But it felt nice to be outside to shop, and not just out for hydro and hospital.

Day 64 #GerardCosmetics

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#AD #Affiliate

First things first I received these as a PR package, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I do have an affiliate code in which I would earn a small commission from.

But before I get into what I received, let me tell you how today’s been. It’s been PANTS!! I’m not feeling physio this week, I have low energy (no reason why really) and ALL my joints hurt. Curse you #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

I have started to get back into a routine with putting make up on, back into my skincare and generally looking after myself once more. It’s so easy to fall in a trap of not caring.

Especially when you aren’t leaving the house 95% of the week, and working out a lot too.

I definitely don’t wear make up to #Hydrotherapy or while I do #Physio at home. So my interest had dropped over Jam, Feb and up until now really.

That said I have a wonderful bundle I was sent from Gerard Cosmetics

I got Hollywood Blvd Glitter Lipstick. ( Love this the most, I already have Swipe Right Glitter Lipstick. I love the sparkle they give) Good staying power too!

Rodeo Lipstick. A dusky hue of Pink, I love the creamy texture, and femininity of the colour.

Vintage Rose Lipstick. A real English rose look, it’s exactly what it says it is. Perfect day wear colour this spring.

Divalicious (Lighted) yes seriously it lights up and you have a handy mirror! Lip gloss. (This impresses me so much with the Light, clubbing gloss wearing just got easier!!) Again quite dusky pink, hint of mauve.

Pouty Princess (Lighted) Lip gloss, well the name sold it too me really. (I go for similar colours as they suit me best. So brighter pink, but so cute,. Almost retro vibe) again this is Lighted and has a Mirror too.

Kiss Assist Lip Plumper, I really don’t like lip plumpers as a rule, as they hurt me. (Especially soap & glory) like a million wasps are on my lips. however I wanted to try and I’m so glad I did, as this has NO sting, only tingle, and cooling. I didn’t feel too sticky either. And it looks lovely on top of the lipsticks too.

Super booster whitening pen, I’ve not tried it yet, as I’m awaiting a good occasion or event to go to to make it worth it. But I do hear excellent reviews on this.

Lastly I had to get #GCSquad Merch as I fully support Jennifer Gerard and her cosmetics brand, the team have been wonderful to me, so warm, so friendly, and super supportive too.

Thank you everyone, and if you do want to order you can use my link here and get 30% off your entire order. This ships from the USA so be mindful of customs and shipping. But to all my USA buddies, you’ll find shipping good for you.

Even #Zoella latest range is shipping from the US now, as it’s becoming more popular to have American brands popularity grow over here in the UK.