68 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I’m missing my physiotherapist for sure. But I decided to not let my physio routine slip. Though with my hands and hips I’ve had more flare ups since this all happened, wonder if connected with stress and anxiety??

Most days I’m doing static physio exercises, incorporating the Bosu ball as it’s amazing for balance and micromovements in the muscles. Feels like for less exercise I’m working the joints more.

While I feel improvement at home, I’m definitely NOT with walking, which is a huge disappointment if I’m honest. My hand is wrecked from my walking stick, it’s also dislocating/subluxing my shoulder too!!

So new goals I need to try and walk without it, but I’m still struggling distance with it. Catch 22. Though I have managed some walking without it (heavenly) while it lasted.

Walks are beautiful though and great for my mentality too. I’m just so so broken afterwards. Like 5 days totally off exercise and much movement after a walk. Anyone else? Leg swells up too.

The gradient is flat and not hilly really, even base too. So confused as too why it’s still causing so much groin pain.

At least it was a good opportunity to test the hip out, it’s just a shame I can’t ask for advice or see the therapist about it all.

17 Weeks #Etoricoxib

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Its been a struggle, the last few weeks my hands have FLARED up so so bad. Each night it’s at its worst, feeling like they are being crushed in a vice, but they are simply resting.

My worst hand is this left one, the one I daren’t ever have injections I again after that disaster last time. Random swellings and crushing sensations in this one every day and night.

Right one better but not 100 percent. Has now weirdly developed a dip or dent where the joint is. It’s new to me, though I know others have it. Not sure why it’s appeared at all.

Feel like I need to discuss medication with the GP but also terrified to go. Not even sure there is anything they can do, I know I need surgery, but until I walk unaided it’s not even an option 😭😭😭 Has anyone else had an increase in pain?

Decided to source the 8 paracetamol a day, and take my etoricoxib as planned too, with an additional cbd oil. Could be pure placebo,or snake oil. But I’m willing to give it a chance, anything to settle these hands down. Started on Friday, so let’s see how this works out.

Fourth Week #SelfIsolation

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It’s been lovely outside, and I’m immensely lucky to have a garden. So good playlists on Spotify and a garden chair, I could literally be anywhere I can imagine. Everything is better in the Sun.

Listening to #Grimes residency on Radio One and #Aurora Albums. With Dark Rum, Pineapple Juice and Lemonade, my Summer Punch. (Very addictive)

Topped with a great Sunday dinner and movie. I even had a heart shaped Yorkshire pudding. Been loving the husbands home made Yorkshires, they are like clouds. I swear he should make this his new business.

We chose #Onward which was a cute movie, a movie for the weekend.

It’s an epic journey of realization for the characters. Made us laugh, shed a tear, and just forget the world for a few hours too.
Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when dear Mom finds out her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary manticore to bring her beloved boys back home.

My weeks are going faster than I thought they would, having a routine is really helping with that.

April #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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Yay it’s beauty box time, and what a perfect pick me up, it’s very much needed and wanted.

Cute spring colours, I love this box. I’m sure to keep it.

As soon as I saw #Ameliorate in I was super excited. It’s a cream I buy over and over again. I usually buy 200ml which is too big to carry around so this at 30ml is brilliant. Rrp £4 For 30ml

Especially made for keratosis Pilaris this is the dry bumpy skin on your upperarms. It uses magic acid to get rid of dry skin cells and reveal renewed healthy skin. I use this on my legs, as surgery has left them dry and feeling blah. The only cream I’ve found to work on them.

#Starskin 100% Camellia 2 step oil sheet mask Rrp £9.00

Getting our glow back with a 2 step facial sheet mask, put the oil on first to massage into skin, to target dry patches, revive dull skin and soothe into radiance. Then put the sheet mask and relax for 15mins.

#VintageCosmeticsCompany Tweezers Rrp £8.00 I actually needed these, so it’s great timing. A brilliant slant so I know they will be as precise as I need them to be.

#Minetan Coffee Scrub 30g Rrp £9.95

Getting a caffeine kick in a different way? Exfoliate from head to toe with this caffeine scrub, perfect prep for tanning. Or just to feel summer ready.

#BellaPierre Peach Blossom Palette Rrp £28.99

Made exclusively for look fantastic it’s a small palette with 3 shimmer and 1 matte, weightless and bendable the shadows feel lovely. Perfect size for a handbag and with handy mirror too.

#ErnoLazlo Hydraphel skin supplement 15ml Rrp £5.58

A calming toner for dry and sensitive skin. It will hydrate and repair your complexion after your cleansing routine. I have tried these before and always loved them. Cooling and nourishing I find them.

Sneak Peek for next month. Is a HOLY GRAIL item I love. I swear it saved my skin in Rhodes in 2018. It’s #Avant Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Resurfacing Duo Moisturiser RRP £100 For 50ml. So there’s no better time to join.

#SelfIsolation Third Onto the Fourth Week

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As our third week is ending, and we are going onto our fourth.

I’ve watched a lot of Netflix while resting hips and hands (both have flared up massively this last week) along with daily headaches??

So I’ve binged all #TigerKing

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, titled onscreen as simply Tiger King, is a 2020 true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic. The series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of Big Cat conservationists like Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Joe Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals. It gets Wild.

It was BONKERS, but I enjoyed it.

#Freud


While investigating several disappearances and murders in Vienna, young Sigmund Freud and a psychic medium become entangled in an occult conspiracy.

I LOVED this, it’s German but easy to follow subtitles (best thing about netflix) it was dark, mysterious and supernatural.

#HowToFixADrugScandal

Two drug lab chemists’ crimes cripple a state’s judicial system and blur the lines of justice for lawyers, officials and thousands of prison inmates.

I thought Tiger King was NUTS but this was way more intense and crazy!!

Now what else can I watch I wonder?

The Moon Killer by Frances Lloyd #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED as always all opinions are my own. I love murder mysteries, so I always enjoy them.

The Moon Killer (Inspector Dawes #5) by Frances Lloyd

SIX VICTIMS . . . ONE VERY TWISTED MURDER METHOD.

FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR FRANCES LLOYD

A series of apparently motiveless murders in London.

The only thing linking them is the method — all the victims are killed in a very unusual way.

Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his sidekick, Detective Sergeant “Bugsy” Malone, face their most baffling case yet.

They discover that the victims do have a connection. And all the murders take place during the night of a full moon.

The Murder Investigation Team call on the assistance of a psychological profiler, the tall, extremely athletic, Cressida Davenport.

Based on her work, the detectives take a huge risk, putting one of their team’s lives at stake to lure the murderer out of hiding.

WHY DOES THE KILLER USE THIS BIZARRE M.O.?

Discover one of the most enjoyable and gripping murder mysteries you’ll read this year!

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin.

MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
Book 2: THE BLUEBELL KILLER
Book 3: THE SHETLAND KILLER
Book 4: THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
Book 5: THE MOON KILLER

Author Bio

FRANCES LLOYD
Frances Lloyd was born in Essex but now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She was educated in Cheltenham where she studied English and Classics.
Frances has always been a writer. The day job was in government communications. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer, and began by writing short stories, but her ambition was always to write murder mysteries. She now writes full time and has published six crime novels.
Married three times but now a widow, Frances’ hobbies are reading, travelling and wine tasting.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franlloydmysteries/

My Review

What a bizarre MO, very unique and I can honestly say I’ve not read one like it before. Weird twist

From the off I was gripped, and what perfect timing as the story kicks off on Good Friday which we’ve just had too. And the Pink Full Moon.

I definitely would read more, the writing style was dark and gritty, and I felt part of the London underworld at times. The police are gruff and stereotypical but I felt warmth and familiarity with it.

I think I loved the pathologist the most, so dry and stern. This was an Easter treat, reading in the sunshine, with rum and pineapple, I could of been anywhere. Totally lost in the story.

65 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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As you can guess, Physio is cancelled at the hospital. Which I am obviously sad about, but it’s understandable too.

As we go through this third week, things are getting into a steady routine, fitness is going well, and at least once a week we are doing a walk outside.

As you can see, it’s peaceful and relaxing. We also saw so many Peacock butterflies along the way too.

The Bosu ball is keeping me fully active at home. Not just for lower limbs like I’d do at Physio at Hospital. But I’m even doing some arm work, via tricep dips and press ups. It’s very versatile.

Some exercises to give you an idea, I bought my ball from #Aldi and it was £25.99 I believe it’s even cheaper now. The official ones are well over £100. But this feels exactly like the hospital one.

My newest exercise is mountain climbers. Not at a fast rate, but slow and learning to lift the knee up. Building the range of motion up.

14 weeks #Etoricoxib

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Onto starting my third month of these, my second month at 90mg dose. And I am seeing and feeling an overall better relief. I have 8 left but ordered more, and I’m hoping they stay available.

It’s not a total relief, but better. Although this last week, I’ve found my #Arthritis as a whole has massively flared up, probably triggered from poorer sleeping, the time of the month!! As this makes all my joints super loose, thanks to #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

Joint slipped out again recently, so I spent the night wide awake, feeling like the thumb was being crushed! Only ice and freeze gel got me through the night, with lots of tears too.

I would take the 8 paracetamol I’m meant too, but the world went mad, and there’s never any available. So I’m rationing the ones I have.

And like others, I have no chance of any treatments either, as all OT, Physio and Micats are cancelled.

How are you doing Second Week #SelfIsolation

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As we start to form new realities and routines, how are you doing?

Are you being super productive, active and learning new skills? I’ve seen a new love of baking on Twitter and people taking up Joe Wicks exercising.

Whereas I also see lots feeling lost dazed and confused, and to be honest that’s been me a little bit. But I finally realised it was me watching the news religiously and absorbing as much information as possible, which now with hindsight was my worst decision. It started to feel all too oppressive and miserable. Like your taking on all the world’s negative energy.

So I’ve had to take a step back in time, back to 2009 when I had my Triple pelvic osteotomy and femoral osteotomy done. This rendered me completely housebound for a very very long time, and at no time was I miserable from it. So stepping away from Statistics that are hammered home to you each night, and turning off the news.

I realised I needed to get back into being me, and my usual routine, which is working out for physio, as my hip replacement recovery is still on going. And using down time to read, carry on learning my #Dutch and #Swedish and maybe when hands allow colour in too.

I use the #LosingWeightApp for Men. It’s great as you can customise it for no impact, and no jumping.

For example, here are the exercises, ranging from 12-14 exercises and 8-10mins of time.

For the languages I love Duolingo and it’s been a fun journey. I had already started way before all this happened in the world. As a fun way to occupy and work the brain for 10- 15 mins a day.

Easy to use and actually a great time filler, you can do as much or as little as you like, and whatever language you desire too.

So that’s week 2 we’ve all completed. Give yourself a minute to embrace that victory. X

Glass Dolls by D E White #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED although gifted it is reviewed freely by myself, and all opinions are my own.

I’ve honestly never come across this Author, and I have no idea what the theme was before I stated I would do it. I simply stated a yes, as frankly I need the distraction and I’m open to new authors and genres.

After reading the theme, it’s definitely my kind of book. I do love a murder mystery.

What is it about?

GLASS DOLLS BY D E WHITE

ONE OF THE MOST ELECTRIFYING THRILLERS YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR

A teenage girl is found murdered, encased in glass.

Detective Dove Milson is called out to the chilling crime scene by the Devon coast. The murder is a replica of the work of serial killer Peter Hayworth, known as the Glass Doll murderer. He would be the prime suspect . . . but he’s already dead.

FOUR YEARS AGO DETECTIVE DOVE MILSON’S NIECE WAS KILLED BY THE GLASS DOLL MURDERER

Now Dove leads the case. It’s her first job as part of the Major Crimes Team. She is recovering from a breakdown a few months earlier.

Then another Glass Doll is found in an isolated cove.

A TWISTED COPYCAT KILLER?

Dove finds her family is at the heart of this new case. The latest Glass Doll victims both worked at her sister Gaia’s strip club.
The club’s manager found the second Glass Doll. He claims to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Dove doesn’t believe in coincidences.

THEN DOVE’S SURVIVING NIECE DISAPPEARS

Will she become the next Glass Doll?

Time is running out for her niece. Dove must race to catch a killer before it’s too late. Then a new lead tears a hole in the case.

Discover a brand new thriller with a jaw-dropping twist you won’t see coming.

Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter, K.L. Slater, Robert Bryndza, Helen Fields and Angela Marsons.

The Author

Daisy White Biog 2020
Daisy White started writing fifteen years ago, scribbling ideas at work on the night shift, firstly flying as cabin crew, and latterly working for the Ambulance Service.
Her 1960’s cosy mystery trilogy, The Ruby Baker Mysteries, was published in 2017 by Joffe Books, followed by psychological thrillers Remember Me and The Forgotten Child (HarperCollins) in 2019.
Daisy’s new crime thriller GLASS DOLLS, (Joffe Books), is out at the end of March 2020, and is the first in the DC. Dove Milson series.
Daisy is a multi- award-winning entrepreneur, and loves inspiring new writers to put pen to paper to start their own creative journey. She is represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency.
Website; www.daisywhiteauthor.co.uk
Social Media;
https://www.facebook.com/DaisyWhiteAuthor
https://twitter.com/DEWhiteAuthor
https://www.instagram.com/daisywhiteauthor/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisy-white-b6764059/
For book enquiries; lina@katenashlit.co.uk
For speaking engagements please contact; kaye@andromedatalent.com
To contact Daisy; daisy@daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

My Review

Totally new author to me, so I had no experience of the writing style or pace, but I will say I enjoyed it. The pace and back tacking to clues and threads of evidence, were fast paced and perfect to keep you hooked.

Dove is a character we can all identify with, juggling family, and work. I love that they touched on mental health and being scarred both mentally and physically.

You end up sucipious of everyone, questioning their motives all through out. I loved it kept me on my toes!!

The story for me was original and unique, which I think is very hard in this genre.

A great read to take my mind off reality for a wee while, is frankly a godsend at the moment.