Day 221 post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a horrid week, in physically, mentally and weather wise too.

I’ve wanted to give up at times, I’ve cried such self pitying tears too. And it’s got me nowhere. It’s been the hardest most testing weeks I’ve had, and really none of it is my hip! Well, that’s something I’ve not been able to say since 2005!!

So that’s my silver lining. After all week following Mondays too much physio injury. I’ve felt good hip wise, a bit too good at times so I was sorely tempted to do physio again. But I promised myself I wouldn’t until Tomorrow (following Monday).

When I had injured it, it felt like an intense thigh pain, while also feeling like I was sitting on a ball, when I sat down. I presume it’s muscle, and swelling. Once I rested it soon got better, especially when I added hot water bottles and ibuprofen 400mg X 3 a day.

It’s been all my hands all week, they have felt like lightening, throbbing an swollen and just absolutely agony. I have solidly worn the splints, the gloves and used as much gel as allowed, to get minimum relief. I can’t wait for steroid injections, let’s hope they will do them.

I’m even starting to debate the CMC joint surgery? Has anyone had it? Is this my life now, replacing all the joints and arthritis already at 43?? Will I be more bionic by 50?? At my wit’s end. I’m wondering if I’ll ever drive a car, or will I ever make jewellery again? Stupid joints I hate them.

The week has been difficult and mood so low, not sure if pain or the weather has caused them. But I do now realise I work better mentally with routine, so I’m happy to be getting back into a routine tomorrow, and start off gently again with post op exercises and only 1 set too.

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Week 31 post #hipreplacement

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What do they say? Don’t RUN before you can WALK. Yeah I should listen to that advice!!

After my set back last week, and boy was it a set back!! I’d really pulled my hip, and the thigh swelled up, and felt like a golf ball when I sat down again!! So eager to never cause that again. It’s all change for my physio.

I thought on Monday I would do well, simply doing week 2 version of exercise. (Not my best idea honestly)

  • Hip flexion ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip abduction ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weights 20 reps
  • Mini squats 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze between ankles 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze between knees 20 reps
  • Traditional clam raise green banded 20 reps
  • Hip thrusts green banded 20 reps

I added in some free weights for the upper body.

  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps
  • Bicep row 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Chest press 20 reps
  • Tricep overhead 20 reps

These were admittedly too much. I had to wear my splints as well. Hindsight I would say I wasn’t ready Arthritis wise to do these. Broke them down into 2 x 10 reps. My hands have caused a few tears and sobbing events this weekend.

And all was ok, until I needed to go out. And the front of the hip around the hip flexor is now in pain!! An I’m experiencing pain in the right hand side of my stomach, quite low too. So maybe it’s hip related, ie scar tissue, or I’ve pulled something?! Maybe the psoas??

So obviously Tuesday I’ve had to rest so much more, really limiting myself to straining it any further.

So here we are and it’s Wednesday and officially 31 weeks, and I’m nursing sore hip and groin pain. Frustrating but shows how it’s 1 step forward and 2 or 3 steps backwards.

No weight loss this week, but I have gone down in measurements so that’s proper encouraging to me. I take my measurements once a month, as I know this process is super slow compared to able bodied folks.

Day 214 post #hipreplacement weekly roundup

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It’s already the weekend and what a week it’s been. It’s been hard I won’t lie, the physio is gruelling, and Wednesday was a much welcomed break from all exercise.

Wednesday saw us wave goodbye to the youngest daughter who was up Manchester for her early birthday celebrations!!

So there I was waving her off, knowing it’s practice for when she leaves for real next month! Eek, it’s coming round so fast it’s scary.

Me and hubby planning a fun filled few days, of eating out and lots of films too.

We ate at #egorestaurant with delicious hanging kebabs. On the Thursday.

Friday arrives and it’s official physiotherapy appointment, and I’m feeling a tad sore from the gruelling physio I’ve been doing at home. Pleased I’ve done Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday without too much fuss.

This appointment we did, not a lot as I’m still very sore, and after assessment, it’s decided that this week doing 2 sets, is clearly too much for me to do. So under advice I’m going back to 1 set only.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 3mins
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20reps
  • Single leg hip bridges x 10reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) x 10reps
  • Prone lying Knee raise (ankle weighted) x 10reps
  • Kettle bell squats x 15reps
  • Walking lunge with dumbbells x 15reps
  • Duck walking (green banded) x 15reps

So I’m a bit gutted that I’ve overdone it, but I can see that I have and that the old adage no pain no gain does NOT apply to us hippies. Super frustrating when you just want to be active and normal.

So this weekend is all about hot water bottle, ibuprofen gel, ibuprofen tablets and lots and lots of rest (if possible)

Week 30 Post #HipReplacement

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After completing 6 while weeks of continuous physio, I feel like I’ve found a good balance between life, chores and physio.

I started his journey to really give my shiny new hip implant the best chance. And to try build up the opposite hip, to see if exercises can help with limitations and motion. So although I’d love to lose weight too, it’s not my primary goal.

I’ve noticed a few things, firstly my bad back ache just isn’t getting better. Nor is my knee pain, well not strictly true, the knees are good sometimes and absolutely awful the next. But I’m not sure why?

My scar still stings!! I don’t honestly remember that from other scars. Again it comes and goes, not really sure what makes it appear.

Anyways enough of all that, it’s a new week and new challenges are needed. It all began here so now it’s time to build upon that, and push it a little bit more. Ie doing 2 sets of the routine and seeing how the body responds to that. I will add, I need a break between sets. As it still wears me out. So a coffee break between sets, helps the body recover itself.

  • Clam Side Drop (green band) 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between ankles 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between knees 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between knee hip bridge 20reps x 2
  • Prone lying Knee raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Prone lying heel to butt (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Supine lying front leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Side leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Supine lying hip abduction (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Duck walking (green band) 20reps x 2
  • Walking lunge (ankle weight) 20reps x 2

Lets get our goals smashed this week!! My plan is to do at least Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Using Wednesday as my rest day. And Friday is the hospital physiotherapy appointment. Let’s go…..

Look Fantastic Beauty Box #Heatwave August

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I totally forgot to post my last few boxes, I was too busy using it and enjoying it all. And of course I’ve been busy with life and family. So I will show my newest box. The August Heatwave (hope we get one) box.

In this it’s a box perfect for the summer, though weirdly I’m not feeling the summer lately, perhaps it’s due to no summers holidays here as daughter is busy working too much, and weather went pants too.

Anyways I’m hoping this box brings back the sun, and those heady summer nights where you drink Pimm’s in the sunshine!!

#Luxie 737 tapered highlighter brush rrp £26.50

It feels super soft, the handle is molded for a better grip, so more gentle on my hands (Arthritis really effects me)

#bellapierre heatwave highlighting palette RRP £29.99

Shimmery gold’s, silver, champagne, rose gold and coppery. But all sutble and buildable for strobing or highlighting. There are 5 buttery highlighters perfect for those summery nights.

#jamesread 1 hour glow mask RRP £12.50

Looking forward to a sunkissed glow within 30 mins, but used as an overnight gradual tan. Suitable for all skin types.

#natura herb infused sheet mask RRP £4.95

Grab 15-20 to yourself with this gentle hydrating and nourishing sheet mask.

#doucce luscious lips stain in ‘Holiday Getaway’ RRP £11.95

A cute coral orangey lip tint that is highly pigmented. A base colour to last all day. I’ll be sure to be testing this out.

#rituals ‘the rituals of holi’ body cream RRP £6.90

Hydrating and luxious skin care with flamingo flower and pink grapefruit soothing cream.

Day 207 post #hipreplacement

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Round up of the last week, and I’ve managed to do my hardest physio routine Mon, Tues, Weds, I had a break Thursday and did Friday. See here for the routine. This completes 6 weeks of doing 3 different routines twice. It’s a way to kick-start new and healthy habits and routines.

Thursday I used to hoover the front room, but I’m still finding this hard to do. Maybe it’s how you plant your feet into the floor to push and stabilize yourself.

So come Friday I was honestly dreading doing the set. But I remembered someone on the boards telling me I’d inspired them to do it, so I was soon up and doing it. And I’m glad I did. Your comments mean the world to me!! Thank you.

So now this weekend, it’s all relax and let my muscles recover. Zero weight loss which is sad. But not my main focus, but the skincare routine is down to a tee. And I’m managing at least 3litres of water per day. So I’m happy with that.

So my skin is feeling so much better, and my insides feel less bloated. So it’s a win for me even though the weight isn’t coming off.

My ehlers danlos syndrome is playing havoc this weekend, because it’s THAT time. So ankles, hands, elbows and shoulders are super loose, painful and feeling extra awful. But with rest it should feel better. But I’m starting to hate rest days, my brain complains.

Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston #BlogBookTour

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#AD GIFTED but as always opinions are my own, I always stick to the genre I love, so it’s hard to not like them. I struggle to read genres that I have no personal interest in.

Once again it’s a new author discovery for me, which I find exciting, as if like me to start to love a particular author, you literally read everything they’ve ever wrote. I’ve Patricia Cornwell or Nora Roberts I have read them ALL.

The tile is intriguing and I like the cover of the book too, it lures me in. I found Nora Roberts purely by being drawn to her cover on one book! So I don’t underestimate the power of being eye-catching, and titles are important too.

Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston
A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?
Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.
This time, they will have nowhere to hide”

The Author

Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.
I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

My Review

After reading Stephens biography I was fully invested. He loves Spiral (one of my favourite series) and boardchurch and the bridge. So straight away I’m thinking he has excellent taste in viewings, so he must know and feel what means those series so successful and enjoyable.

I like the way things are written, and based in Wales. It feels familiar and homely. Nothing too graphic or crude, it’s cleverly written and the storyline flows well.

I think I like Drake, but I want to read more books with him in, to build up a a better picture of him. He sounds complex and driven, all that I expect from an Inspector.

I like the thriller aspect of it, and I enjoyed reading it and learning new things too along the way. Definitely looking out for this author for more.

Week 29 Post #HipReplacement

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After gorging on birthday cheese… Yes I asked for cheese for my birthday, and boy it was goooood. And of course cake too. This week it’s time to embark on week 3 of my physio routine, it’s the hardest one out of the 3 weekly routines I have, but by far the most affective too.

I’m getting concerned about my left side, as I never ever feel the muscles pull, or tense or anything really. I’m keen to ask the surgeon in Jan 2020 to ask his opinion, that’s for sure. Whereas in the operated leg boy oh boy I feel those muscles after this workout, it’s a butt killer.

Gorgeous birthday flowers are giving me the sunshine feels, as it had to typically rain all weekend. So peeved.

Had a lovely rest off physio Friday Saturday and Sunday, as we used those days to visit all the family.

Logan and Leonardo are doing well, and it was lovely to get to visit them again.

So back to physio, this week it’s a killer!! But hopefully it’s all worth it.

  • Foot pointing outwards, leg raise (ankle weighted) 20reps each side
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) 20reps each side
  • Single leg hip bridges 10reps each side (my worst)
  • Hip thrusts (green banded) 20reps
  • Reverse lunges (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Side lunges (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Romanian deadlift 7kg weights 20reps
  • Supine marching (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Dead bugs 10reps each side

Week 28 post #HipReplacement

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What a week! Previously I had said that the weekend was going to be busy, see here

And I wasn’t wrong, blinked and the whole weekend was gone just like that. The Saturday I saw my mum for her birthday, and Sunday was the planned day for Baby.

So at 11.30am I got there, ready to be a birthing partner, and at 4.50pm little Logan arrived.

Didn’t get home until 10pm. And I was shattered. I slept well that night that’s for sure. Monday I woke up in agony, though not entirely sure why. I was on standby for lifts home from the hospital, so never managed any physio that day.

Packed them up to come home, and collect her older son Leonardo and show him his baby bro. All went as smoothly as it could.

So Tuesday after 3 days off, I embarked on week 2 of my physio routine, find it here but doing the sets x 2 instead. So definitely attempting to challenge the hip more this week.

And OH MY GOD it was soooooo hard. Harder than I ever imagined if I’m honest. But I survived. Managed to do Tuesday, Wednesday, but today is actual physio appointment day. And in that appointment we did.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 60kgs x 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20 reps
  • Clam side drop outs, red resistance band x 20 reps
  • Heel to butt, ankle weighted x 20 reps
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted x 20 reps
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze stand ups x 20 reps
  • Walking lunges with dumbbells x 20 reps
  • Ducking walking green resistance band x 20 reps

It’s also been lovely and hot, this week, at times I was melting. So physio had to be done before the temperature of the day got too much. As I have found in high heat I can’t exercise properly, all motivation disappears. The gym at the hospital was 35 degrees!! That was a sweat fest.

Venom by Stewart Giles #Blogbooktour

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#AD GIFTED all opinions are my own and the book is gifted to me.

Woohoo I’ve been getting well stuck into Stewart Giles books, having recently loved Dropzone a parachuting story arch that was gripping to read from start to finish. It also had this main character in, teamed up with another series’s leading character. However this book is Detective Jason Smith series, so no double act for this one.