CMC joint steroid injection

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So today is the day, I get my steroid injection in my left (worse hand) with a view to getting the right hand done within 3 months. Opted for this instead of both together, as right hand is slightly better, so I’m waiting for it to get worse.

So what are steroid injections and where do you get them?

Steroid injections can be used to treat some problems in the arm and hand. These can include trigger fingers, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendonitis. These injections usually contain cortisone and a numbing medicine.

Mine is the CMC joint as seen below.

Cortisone is the steroid normally produced by your body, and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Corticosteroids tend to shrink, thin and slow things down. These steroids are different from anabolic steroids, which have been abused by athletes to build muscle and enhance performance.

I get mine in my CMC joint, which is the base of the thumb. And usually done under ultrasound for precision at MiCats. However some GP surgeries also carry them out without the ultrasound.

What happens afterwards?

The injection should take effect within a few days, and the benefits can last for many weeks or months; however, results are not the same for everyone or every problem. For some conditions, one injection solves the problem. For others, several injections may be required. There is no set rule as to how many injections a person can get. Your doctor might limit the number of injections because repeated cortisone can damage tendons and/or cartilage.

Side effects?

The most common side effect of steroid injections is known as a “flare.” This pain is felt for one or two days after the injection. It can be treated with ice and by resting the area injected.

Other side effects might include:

  • A rise in blood sugar level for diabetic patients for about five days
  • Thinning of the skin
  • “Lightening” of the skin at injection site (more common in patients with dark skin)
  • Weakening of tendons, making them more likely to rupture
  • Allergic reactions (rare)

One of the rare but more serious problems is an infection, especially if the injection was given into a joint. If you notice redness, extreme pain or heat at the injection site, or if you have a fever greater than 101° after an injection, you should call your doctor.

Hoping to get similar results as last year, I know it will increase pain for up to a week, so I’m well prepared. So fingers crossed it all goes well.

OMG that was actually horrendous, way way way more painful to previous ones, the sharpness of the needle I expected. But the joint space was really tight, and small. Having the steroid (kenalog) put in, I went hot, faint and sick all at once. I even nearly cried. So unlike me.

And the pressure was worse than just the crushing. It felt like it was going to explode!! Wow that was awful. I had to lie down for a minute or two. Thankfully it passes pretty quickly though.

Home resting with splint on, and little pillow to help rest it.

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On Holiday with a #HipReplacement 36 weeks post op

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It was lovely to get away on holiday finally and soak up some sunshine, and warmth into my bones. This is the first time aboard with my new implant.

And it was quite different to other holidays that have been marred completely with pain and immobility. But it also wasn’t the completely ‘normie’ holiday I was expecting either.

Rather it was something in between. A limbo of sorts. Pain in the hip has definitely decreased and that is wonderful, but the knees and back take the hips old role. So the walking stick still ever present to keep me stable. Thankfully I took this and my splint for me hand, both in constant use.

My hands pain did improve while away, though of course using the walking stick does hurt the hand greatly. Using the splint at night helped, as well as my ibuprofen gel. Well worth taking with me. It was even heavenly on my aching swollen feet and ankles.

As I said in a previous post, I had a slight accident on the flight over to Rhodes, where my leg was trapped from people rushing to get passed me, so the ‘good’ leg looked unsightly all week.

This is how it looked on the first morning on holiday.

But it got a lot worse over time. And the leg seemed to collect bruises all over it, I counted 20 at one point.

Last day the bruise finally looked like it was going. The knee gave me some issues especially day 5 onwards, super squeaky if pressed and sharp pains on heel strike while walking.

I’ve noticed I can barely swim now, the tiredness and ache the leg experiences is something I’ve not had before. I’m usually a very very strong swimmer, but now not at all. I will work on this though. Wonder if other hippies have experienced this?

Overall though what a brilliant time away, and the sunflower lanyard certainly worked and helped on the way home, twice I didn’t have to queue as long as everyone else, and honestly it was much needed and appreciated help!! Thank you airport staff. Pride had stopped me so many times, and even taking photos I would push the stick away. Hiding the real truth. But here it is and me, as it’s as part of me as anything else! Here’s to admitting you can’t do everything. And some help can really change your outlook on some experiences.

Look Fantastic Birthday Box

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September is look fantastic birthday, so this box is celebrating that.

In it this month we have a beautiful #BubbleT bath bomb with sprinkles on it, so it looks like a birthday cake. Rrp £4.99 and you can buy here

#Oskia cleansing gel is next and it’s rrp is £14 you can buy here

Absolutely divine #MoltonBrown orange and bergamot body wash rrp £10 and you can buy here

#Pixi liplift max in honey sheen rrp £12 absolutely stunning and I am definitely taking this on my holiday. You can buy here

#Caudalie eye cream rrp £16.35 a pick me up for the eyes, you can buy here

And finally for holiday I’m taking this #Sleek brow stylist as it’s a pencil and brush, exactly what I need to feel groomed on holiday. £6.49 and you can buy here

Week 35 post #hipreplacement

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A quick relaxing break away before it’s all change and our youngest daughter paves her own path in life, when she starts university once we are home. So this week away is our last family holiday. So clinging onto the last second while we can.

So first aboard holiday with my hip replacement, I can honestly say I had envisioned that I would be skipping off into the sunset. And reality is, I’m still taking my walking stick, taking tramadol and ibuprofen, my splints and compression gloves. So there’s no rest or break away from health issues sadly.

I am armed with my sunflower lanyard for hidden disabilities, my first time ever using one for the airport.

Though with a splint on my hand and walking stick, I’m not sure it’s hidden!!

It helped with the security queue, though not mentioned I was ushered into a faster line, very professional. Once there though I was put into the x-ray machine is it? Then patted down, then with the wand all over, yes hip did bleep. I wore leggings so it would be easier to see that it’s my hip. They removed my hand splint, and put that through the machine, as well as my walking stick. Extremely thorough!!

Flight went ok, nothing to report, except I knew it would ache and it did, so plenty of fluids to help combat that, and moving the leg to prevent stiffness.

I will say I’m extremely disappointed that so many people will push in, shove and rush past me to get ahead. I was squeezed into a chair arm rest and this was the result.

The rush to get a seat on the bus was hilarious, and so obviously I’m slower,so I had to stand, complete with full death grip on pole and walking stick!!

But finally we arrived, middle of the night so it was a quick brew and water to drink then bed. Shattered.

But I’m determined to enjoy myself and kickback and forget my worries, if only for a week.

Catch you laters my lovelies.

Latest in Beauty Grazia Glow Edit

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I just had to buy this, as I was determined to try the #JamesRead tanning drops as I love the idea of them. You add them to your usual body moisturizer which gives you a golden glow. The rrp is £40 and you can buy here

Then we have 15ml travel size of #KateSomerville exfolikate, for smoother brighter skin in just 2 minutes. The rrp is £21 and you can buy here

I have a dry mask, yep that’s right it’s DRY!! which is meant to give you more hydrated and glowly skin. It’s by #MissDeGaspexBeautycon I can’t find any info on it for the rrp or where to buy it either.

Next up is the glamorous #Glamglow Thirstymud in 15g and the rrp is £16 you can buy here this is to revive and nourish skin, using once a week to keep your glow going.

What I bought this box for along with the tanning drops, was the #Dermalogica prisma protect spf30 just what I need for my holidays. It’s a 12ml travel size one, rrp is £17.50 and you can buy here

#Foreo night cleanser is next, is so spa like and feels like luxury on your face, the perfect way to start the evening. I couldn’t find the exact one, but this one is rrp £8.99 and you can buy here

To go with the #JamesRead tanning drops this box comes with #Neutrogena hydro body balm 200ml as well, it feels so beautiful on the skin. Rrp is £4.99 and you can buy here

Firm faves of mine that, that I’ve repurchased many times already. #Nip+Fab glycolic fix night pads extreme, you get 60 pads rrp £9.97 you can buy here

And finally we have #Lumene Nordic C Glow Peeling Mask only travel size 15ml and RRP for 75ml is £16.90 and you can buy here

Date Night #Cabaret

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Bill Kenwright presents the multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, CABARET. Directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres.

CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes the World Go Round, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and more.

It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…

Starring as Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2018, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles). Kara Lily Hayworth stars as the iconic Sally Bowles following her spectacular performance in the title role of Cilla The Musical which was revered by both critics and audiences alike. They are joined by Anita Harris, who first rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s and has appeared both on screen (Follow That Camel and Carry on Doctor) and on stage, most notably as Grizabella in the West End’s Cats.

Not sure what to expect as we are theatre newbies, we’ve watched Oz and Lion King but nothing like this.

First off we headed to the Bohemian in Wolves for a cheeky cocktail.

Then off we went armed with intrepidation and excitement. And OMG it was a tad fleshier than I knew it would be. But the darkness and foreboding of the story, left us with so many questions, thoughts and all the way home we discussed it. This touched me in so many ways, it was camp, funny,over the top, yet emotive, dark, depressing and so upsetting all rolled into one.

The cast were sublime, and absolutely wonderful. They all had a part to play that weaved the most interesting story I’ve ever witnessed.

John Partridge was my favourite Emcee after watching the film and other versions once we got home, I felt that John played crazed and depressed and disturbed so well.

The entire cast I felt were my favourite after seeing other versions online, is it because I saw them live? I can’t say really. But each character was superbly cast, and held the audience in every scene, there was no dead time, or boring scenes.

I’m a theatre convert that’s for sure, especially with singing and dancing!!

Week 34 post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a weird old summer holidays, we’ve had a lot to do especially in the month of August. So fitness, physio has taken a back seat of late.

But Tuesday saw me heading off to physio at the hospital. Where after over two weeks from doing any physio at home, it was a killer workout.

We did the usual

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20reps
  • Single leg hip bridges x 15reps
  • Single leg raise ankle weighted x 15reps
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted x 15reps
  • Kettle bell squats x 15reps
  • Walking lunges with dumbbells x 20reps
  • Duck walking green banded x 20reps

Walked, well waddled out thinking OMG my groin is killing me, I do hope this pain settles down, it feels exactly like before surgery!! Physio thinks it may be osteophytes or loose bone spurs, so need to keep an eye on this pain, and see what activities cause it most.

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Then Wednesday I had to see the council about a blue badge, as I feel I benefit a lot from one, parking closer at times is a godsend. So armed with letters, splints, compression gloves and prescriptions (as they ask for them all) answering questions, and hoping for a good outcome. But it’s a 4 week wait to find out. I’d say fingers crossed but that’s not going to happen with my Hands!! Not feeling hopeful though.

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Thursday it’s MiCats for my hands, been waiting for this appointment since April. I’m hoping but also dreading it, as I’d like the steroid injections, but I know they hurt a lot too.

Gutted the ultrasound machine wasn’t available, so my earliest possible date for a steroid injection is 23rd September, I think I’m just doing the left hand first (walking stick hand) and have an open appointment for 3 months so I can return for the right hand.

Date Night #HeartbeatOfHome

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HEARTBEAT OF HOME is a spine-tingling, tantalizing, high octane, sexy, dance and music extravaganza. Embracing flavours and cultures from around the world, it is a heart–stopping tour de force that features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary music and dance, uniting performers and audiences on a journey to find a home, wherever that may be.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME showcases 33 world-class dancers and live musicians from Ireland, U.S.A, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Argentina and Spain. Produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan with award-winning Irish composer, Brian Byrne (who has worked with Katy Perry and Barbara Streisand), concept development and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor and choreography by David Bolger.

We got the chance to see this show, and omg it was amazing!! I’ve never been so entranced and memorized in my life.

Grabbed our tickets, and San Miguel for a quick wait before we could take our seats.

Sat in the bar, (we stood at first, but I was offered a seat lots of times by customers, which was heartwarming) it’s so cutely decorated. It’s my first time in this theatre and staff are lovely.

Mr Moon caught unawares!! Lol. Excited to go in and see what this show is like.

Seats were uncomfortable for folks like me, my only grumble. They aren’t disabled friendly seats, but the place is 125yrs old this year! Great view of the stage, I only wish seats were more staggered, as taller folks in front block your view a tad.

Now phones off, as photos and videoing is not allowed, and I can honestly say, I had the best 2hours of pure entertainment. Every musician, artist, singer, and dancer were absolutely incredible. I’m a concert, I bloody love Irish dancing, was so skeptical before.

Blackpool the Big Switch On!!

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Last year I applied for the free wrist bands to be at the Big Switch On at Blackpool, where you have a concert and fireworks and they switch on the Illuminations.

Blackpool for me is a huge childhood memory, with my grandad living down the road. Sadly no longer there, it’s a lovely trip down memory lane every time we go, and we’ve been paving the way with new memories, especially when we had Merlin passes, which meant we could visit Sea life Park, the Tower, the Dungeons and Madam Tussauds too.

We had such an incredible time last year that obviously we applied again, but we weren’t lucky this time round, so instead of missing it we bought the Golden Circle Tickets. Which means your at the front this time.

So what is happening for this Switch on you ask?

Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon is to switch on the world-famous Illuminations in her home town of Blackpool.

Lucy, who has won a host of TV awards for her role as Bethany Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street, will pull the famous switch in front of 20,000 people at the official Switch-On concert on the night of Friday 30 August.

Lucy, who studied singing, acting and drama from the age of two, made her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Since joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2015 she has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame winning the National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance in 2018 and also Best Actress and Best Female Dramatic Performance in the British Soap Awards in the same year.

Joining Lucy that night will be Brit Award-winners Busted will be joined by the multi-talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and Sigma, the British drum and bass DJ and record production duo who have twice topped the UK singles charts.

The tour coincided with the release of their brand new studio album, Half Way There.

Scotland’s Nina Nesbitt is a hugely talented singer, songwriter and musician. As a songwriter she has written for various artists including Jessie Ware, Olivia Holt and The Shires. As a singer she has found success in her own right and has just released her second studio album.

Sigma, comprising Cam Edwards and Joe Lenzie, topped the UK singles chart with Nobody To Love and followed that success with another number one hit,Changing, featuring Paloma Faith. They will take to the stage immediately after the big Switch-On moment for an epic finale under the Lights!

Diversity will return to the Switch-On stage to perform yet another scintillating routine just weeks before they embark on their massive UK tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, they have completed eight sell-out arena tours and appeared on numerous shows and in the West End.

Also returning are crowd favourites R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV DJs and record producers who have helped turn Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.

The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show, the Switch-On itself, and then an hour-long party under the Lights.

We sadly had rainy Blackpool not the sunny one like last year. But no matter, we filled our bellies with some food from Wetherspoons, drank some IPA and got ready for an epic night.

I had chicken, brie and chilli jam burger!! Omg how delicious.

Mr Moon had the ultimate burger, tasted like a big Mac only far better quality!!

Mini Moon ate a roasted vegetable pizza with pineapple added. This looked lovely.

Drank my birthday prosecco!

Becky Hill

Diversity

Busted

Sigma

Missed Nina personally, but I had an epic night, loved every minute of it all. I think this will be a new Moon family tradition.

33 weeks post #hipreplacement

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Well Thursday last week I was reminded that I’m not fixed. It was the first proper town trip out since my surgery, 225 days post op.

It was agony and I’m so broken, swollen and I’m frustrated. But we did all the paperwork, and managed to do some uni shopping too. It’s feeling pretty real right now. Visited the accommodation too.

Now I’m 33 weeks post op, and it’s been a week of family things, so physio has taken a back seat. We had some impromptu sunny weather so took advantage of that and visited Barmouth, for the beach, fish + chips and of course ice cream!!

Then celebration of reggae at the local town with free rumballs, well it would be rude not too. It was bank holiday weekend after all. After decades of avoiding bank holiday things, we did both Saturday (beach) and Sunday (reggae night) and I was exhausted.

So the new week, we haven’t done much, collected more uni stuff that was ordered and much needed food shopping.

I’m resting now until Friday when it’s the #BlackpoolSwitchOn

Groin still twinging and sore, so I’m avoiding a lot of movement, and using my stick more and more. Hope it settles down soon.