58 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement

I’m now a mere few days away from seeing the surgeon. And my mind is making me an emotional mess.

I struggle to articulate what I want to say, I’m terrified of what things may mean when I voice the issues, what will an x-ray show? So it’s been a roller coaster of tears, and anxiety.

I’m over a year post hip replacement and I honestly wasn’t really expecting

  • Still using a walking stick
  • Stairs to be such a struggle
  • Deep groin pain
  • Thigh pain above the knee
  • Fatigue in simple tasks
  • Swelling from walking
  • Golf ball sensation

That’s the post hip replacement leg, the other leg is

  • Fatigue quickly
  • Stairs still
  • Stamina of physio exercises
  • Range of movement

Maybe it’s a simple case of needing more time, and more physio. And that maybe fixing the other side will help too.

Decisions decisions and more decisions

New dose? new plans? Or stay the same #Etoricoxib

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility

It’s been 7 weeks on etoricoxib and although I feel it’s going well. I’m in pain most days, especially if I’m doing eggs. Like this below.

It is making me squeal, and it’s swelling up too. Mainly the left thumb, but my right isn’t feeling too clever at times either.

Each night I’m bathing in ibuprofen gel, and wearing at least my left splint all night. And though it’s better, its not a total relief. I’m wincing just typing this out.

So while I had a weeks worth of 90mg etoricoxib left I rang the doctors, to ask what the plan forward was, different meds, additional meds or higher dose. Or stay the same at this manageable level.

And unfortunately it wasn’t good news, they can’t increase the dose, all I can do for now is add 8 paracetamol per day for the rest of my life, or while I’m pre surgery. And wear splints day and night.

They give a look of pity, which is a hard pill to swallow, when you realise there isn’t anything they can do for you.

Maybe it’s just a bad flare, one that could settle down, so I’m taking their advice and see if that realistically helps me. Next maybe it us time to tackle diet too?? For now I just need to process the news and try and move forward.

Least I have one nice funky cast cover to help with the ugly beige splint. I bought one as one hand is mainly worse.

You can find them here

And lastly I did these on a site, I have a #Hip one so I needed an #Arthritis one too

find it here

Valentine’s? Nah it’s Physio time!!

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement, SURGERY

I don’t do Valentine’s I confess, as I am happily married and we show acts of love everyday, which doesn’t cost a thing.

And we often have date nights, special events and outings, that this really is another day to me. Though we are planning a nice bottle of wine and roast dinner.

Though I was spoilt this week with something I’ve wanted for a while. It’s a Bosu ball, so I can do the same physio at home as I do at the hospital.

It makes one legged lunges and step ups so much harder, so less reps but works the muscles so much more. Great for helping with balance too, when your foot isn’t level. It works all the micro muscles we don’t think about.

So it’s off to the hospital and get ready for a beasting physio session. The last one before I see the surgeon too.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 4mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 20reps
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Bosu ball side lunges x 16reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball x 10 reps
  • Bosu ball 1 legged squats x 10reps
  • Green resistant band Duck walking x 20reps

Thank goodness for parallel bars as these exercises would NOT be possible. And I’m glad I have nothing else to do afterwards, as she always makes me almost crawl out. Bambi legged.

Weekends Adventures

Archive, Arthritis, Family Adventures, Health, Hips, Hypermobility

This weekend was just about staying in, and visiting family too. and of course relaxing, as my body feels like it’s been steamrolled over!!

I can’t seem to rid myself of the constant nagging back ache. And since attempting to do more steps at home on the Aerobic step, just above my knee (about 2 inches above) has also been nagging too. Really need to question surgeon about this.

Which I will admit I’m finding boring, so how can I entertain myself yet relax too?!

First up is I’m going to binge watch #LockeAndKey on Netflix


Three siblings who move into their ancestral estate after their father’s murder discover their new home’s magical keys, which must be used in their stand against an evil creature who wants the keys and their powers. I’ve just started it, and it’s looking promising. I love the visuals too, it’s superbly filmed. I hope there is many many more series to come.

#Ragnarok also on Netflix I’ve totally enjoyed all of this. Again I’m hoping for so many more series to come.


A small Norwegian town experiencing warm winters and violent downpours seems to be headed for another Ragnarok — unless somebody intervenes in time. I was absolutely HOOKED on this one.

That was the Saturday, the Sunday was all about visiting Family and good food at their houses too.

Can’t beat a Sunday dinner made for you. It was hella tasty too!!

Thankfully the storm didn’t do too much damage around our area. But it was wild out there!!

56 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement

I am struggling, mainly with stiff lower back and deep groin pain. But I’m wondering if it’s simply arthritis elsewhere or the actual hip? And I have to remember how much better I am than before the surgery too.

The weather at this time of year is never nice, and the dampness soon makes me feel at least 80yrs old. I’ve started to use the ibuprofen gel on my back too now.

Thankfully I’ve got the hands under as much control as I can, never again will I forget the splints at night. That was a painful reminder.

So I’m thinking it’s time to try and get myself out for walks again, even though I feel rigid. And welcome these things back into my life too.

Aerobic step as steps/stairs are still my nemesis. Ankle weights to help build the glutes, and I’m never far from a green resistant band.

Roll on 3 weeks when I see the surgeon!! And better yet Lana Del Rey and Theo Paphitis. How’s that for excitement!!

6 weeks #Etoricoxib

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility

Since starting the 90mg dose, the thumbs have started to settle down. And I’m not having heart palpitations anymore either.

I do sometimes need the ibuprofen during the day which is annoying. And I’m wearing splints most nights, but I’ve even found myself going to bed and forgetting them!! I never imagined that would happen.

I was getting confident so I went back to crafting, and I sold This one

And this one too,

found here

But low and behold, forgetting splints at night, and a couple of tablets. Followed by being carefree with crafting, I then had a HUGE FLARE with a few days last week where the cmc bone would not sit in place!! So back to meds, rest and icing and splints settled it down finally.

The weather has turned quite bitterly cold so I’m sure that isn’t helping either. So each day it’s wrapped up with hot water bottles and blankets. Rest rest rest is all I can do.

Imbolc first Sabbat of 2020

Archive, Witch, Pagan, Druid, Faery, Spiritual

Imbolc, What is it? Well in the Celtic seasonal calendar, which marks the beginning of the lambing season and signals the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. This is when we start to see shoots of snowdrops.

It is Feile Brighde, the ‘quickening of the year’. The original word Imbolc means ‘in the belly’. See how it ties in with Farming and Lambing. The Land is pregnant and expectant – and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a ‘just-showing’ pregnancy.

It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. The wheel is turning and with it comes our hopes, new life.

Here is hope. We welcome the growth of the returning light and witness Life’s insatiable appetite for rebirth.

It is Feile Brighde, the ‘quickening of the year’. The original word Imbolc means ‘in the belly’. See how it ties in with Farming and Lambing. The Land is pregnant and expectant – and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a ‘just-showing’ pregnancy.

It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. The wheel is turning and with it comes our hopes, new life.

Here is hope. We welcome the growth of the returning light and witness Life’s insatiable appetite for rebirth.


Imbolc is a time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings.

Spring cleaning is called this, for this very reason!!

So try spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle.

Doreen Valiente says spring cleaning was a nature ritual.

So I find it’s a good time for wish-making or making a dedication. Send out a promise of something you can work towards through the year.


Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honouring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), as she was loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. So the Christians/pagans could accept the change of worship.
She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. She is the Triple Goddess, but at Imbolc she is in her Maiden aspect.

For me I’ll be lighting my candles, eating some good food, and going out to spring clean the cobwebs off myself, and spend some time with friends.

55 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement

Flying by these weeks and in general I’m feeling pretty good. So it’s easy to forget yourself and act normally.

In my case I spent the longest time without my stick, only to be harshly reminded it’s not at it’s best yet!! And I’m not ready to say goodbye to it either, mores the pity.

I’ve been so focused on my hands recently, That I’d overlooked my hips entirely!! Which has caused a huge kick in the ass. I’ve got that familiar sitting on a golf ball feeling back,though I have been perhaps overdoing it lately.

With that in mind, I’ve had a whole week of resting the hip, but now it’s physio time. I hope it doesn’t kill me off again.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 20reps
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze x 20reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats x 20reps
  • Flat Bosu ball side lunges x 20reps
  • Standing on 1leg on Flat Bosu ball x 1min
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Side steps up stairs x 20reps

I did more than I’ve ever done, hard sweaty but I survived. Now back to that resting!!

Good Food, and Great Company

Archive, Family Adventures

It can’t always be doom and gloom, and this girl needs more than just outings to the hospital, or doctors surgeries. I mean you become very depressed and anxious always staying housebound and hospital bound.

Some days you have to get out and about and try to be normal.

We popped out for a Half price steak night, at Ego Resturant. It’s rare we eat red meat, and usually it’s for a posh meal. I’m using this date to celebrate my 1yr post hip replacement. As we did this exactly last year the night before my surgery.

It was nicely busy, and it was just what we needed. The atmosphere was light and bright.

And as ever the company was the BEST, it was nice to get out and treat ourselves. We all get too consumed with chores, and mundane living. So to step out for a brief time was heavenly.

Gerard Cosmetics

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#ADGIFTED These items are kindly gifted, as I’m on a PR list. I choose to share and review them and all words and opinions are my own. I do have an affiliate code 30% off SIRENMOONBEE which would pay me a commission if someone buys, this does not cost you anything at all extra.

For my PR credit this time round I decided to get 2 items I’ve already had before, simply because I can’t live my life without them.

The top HOLY GRAIL item is Slay Away The Day make up removing balm. I got the Lavender one, I’d previously had Rose. You can buy here

These balms are so soft on the skin, none of that stripped kin feeling I get with other make up removers, it’s so gentle that my sensitive skin feels nourished and protected especially during the colder months.

Next up was a Second Hoodie I couldn’t resist. I literally wear mine all the time, it’s so snuggly and warm, it’s my physio attire, so it made sense to get another one. Buy one here

For a new release for #GerardCosmetics there is a Clean Base Eye Cream so I have to try this out, see if it helps my eyeshadow life, and cut crease techniques too. Buy one here it’s on Pre Order at the moment.

And for a wild card for me, I decided to try the Trio of BB+ illumination creams in Dorothy, Grace and Brigitte. They are Bronze, Copper/Rose Gold, and Gold. Buy them here forgive my bad swatches, I’m new to it