Day 103 Geocaching Fails

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We decided to do some walking but on flat ground as the thigh has been aching since Friday night, but I couldn’t waste this glorious sunshine.

So off we trot to explore the marshes, funnily enough we’ve lived here for 14yrs and not once gone to explore them. So today’s the day!!

Planned to do a loop around the water and it’s all pretty much flat. I’d love to see otters, but it’s not the right time of day to see them. Squirrels and birds are all we will see today.

Had a few (4) caches planned to find, but we failed at ALL of them. We tried to find them, but they are certainly too well hidden. And too many nettles for me to stick my hand anywhere too.

In my head the marshes were just boggy grounds, but actually we saw lakes, rivers, and small boggy pools, each with a different selection of wildlife to be found there.

I could hear frogs but sadly didn’t see any.

Sat down a few times as I needed too. Sneaked inside hides to have a drink break, and to gaze at the birds.

One day I would like to cycle it, the path seems easy enough too. I just need to get over my fear of putting the leg down.

It was so peaceful and quiet even on blazing hot bank holiday, I’ll definitely be returning again, possibly with some binoculars too!! And definitely in the evening to catch the elusive otters.

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13 weeks post #hipreplacement

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Goals for this week is to keep up my red band resistance exercises, but maybe try and add some ankle weights in some exercises, such as step ups, hip abduction, extension and flexion. (as the band gets hard to use at times)

To roller my scar area, to try and awaken some nerves and break down scar tissue. The area is still NUMB as hell. I feel pressure if I press down, but the sensation of touch has gone altogether.

Had another #Geocaching adventure, I love this as it gives you a purpose to get outside and walk where you might not of thought to visit. It’s chilly, but wrapped up from the biting wind, we set off to find 1st of 3 caches, first one gives co-ordinates to the second and so on, so no treasure, just hunting the clues.

First cache above, have us numbers for the second cache below.

More numbers to add, to find the third

Oh no, cache 3 is missing (we have found it a few years ago) instead this tree had an egg in the trunk. So careful not to disturb, took photo to share with the cache owner.

Oh well had fun finding the clues, time to head back after walking in heather and weird spongey grass (adder fear was real at this point)

On the way back to the car, Mr Moon spotted on the GPS another cache close by, so we headed to this one, making it 4 in one day!!

Erm…. This wasn’t hidden, it seems someone forgot the memo. Not to worry logged we found it, and carefully hidden once again.

As much as I love all this walking, my hip still has its pain moments, and nags to go and rest. Walking is good for me, mentally especially. But physio works on the actual muscles I need waking up, so it can’t replace that for me.

I was pleased to get home and rest my aches with a hot water bottle, knee twinges and thigh pains are still real here. And I am still on a walking stick, just not strong enough to walk unaided outside.

Day 81 Visiting Family

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As it’s Mother’s Day today it involves seeing the two sets of Mum’s. So the only exercise I will get is walking upstairs, though I will say my nemesis!! I will see one daughter of mine, but I have the other 3 to see when they are free.

As it’s time to do some physio, but we are out and about, I instead take the opportunity to walk from car to their doors without my walking stick, and likewise going up the stairs one after an other (instead one, both feet together etc) and unaided except for holding bannister. Making sure I wasn’t leaning forward, shoulders back, looking right ahead, not dropping the head to look at the floor (which I’ve probably done for years if I’m honest!) Takes more thought but good to get proper alignment, and good posture.

Walking from the car to their houses, wasn’t a lot of steps, but it was good to practise on grass, pavement and gravel. And then with the stairs, it feels pretty strong, with only side of hip muscle twinges at the end of the day.

My worst thing by far, is the first time you get up to walk after being sat down, and legs bent at 90 degrees. As I set off it gives way a bit, both hip and knee. And it’s immensely stiff, I have a ridiculous waddle, lurch walk until it’s lubricated and then rights itself.

But I recently read this on a hip replacement forum, and it kind makes sense.

The bone around the metal implants continues to adapt and remodel for one to two years after surgery. During that time, expect some mild aches and pains, and discomfort with pressure and weather changes. Ultimately, all such sensations will resolve.’

And also this

Will hip replacement get rid of all my pain?

‘Yes, if all the pain is really coming from the hip joint. But, an artificial hip cannot relieve pain coming from an arthritic spine, weak muscles, arthritic knees, hernias, poor circulation, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other such conditions.’

Which again answers my questions forever floating around my head. Weak muscles being the biggest stumbling block for me.

Other hip, I’ve noticed now is more limited in movement, totally overlooked by the constant pain this right side has. No pain is felt in the left hip, but it may be my issue with waddling. My foot keeps swinging out to 9oclock when I walk.

Day 80 weekend has landed

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With no particular plans today set, and feeling better (ish) I have decided to do movements, and exercises to keep the hip going.

Just a few exercises but ones that give maximum impact. Thanks to Bee for reaffirming the more appropriate exercises for our age, and stage of recovery.

  • Hip Bridge 20 reps
  • Side leg raise 20 reps (still struggling to lie on opposite leg)
  • Traditional Calm raise 20 reps (my hardest one to raise, I really really struggle with this)
  • Supine Marching 20 reps
  • Step ups 20 reps
  • Mini squat (operated leg slightly behind other leg) 20 reps
  • Prone lying Knee bent, Knee raise (lie on front, knee bends and lift) 20 reps

All unbanded, as it’s too early to use resistance bands while I feel so weak. But it’s nice to be moving and doing things, than just resting.

I’ve loved the walking we’ve done as well, blessed to have such stunning scenery around us and so close too.

Watching the lochs open, I wonder if I’ve have the strength for them now?

Canal side walking is easy and flat, so doesn’t upset the muscle half as much as woodland walking, as that’s so uneven with various different gradients too.

I think I really could get into bird watching, heard the maddest of bird calls, I swear it sounded like a digital electronic beep!!

The canal gets wide in this area, due to Lord Litchfield wanting it to look like a lake from his windows at Shrugborough Hall. I’m glad it was, it’s stunning to walk around. And lots of birds to watch while you sit.

Day 79 I think I’m back

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But tentatively back, as I daren’t rush back into over training, and doing too much. The way I’ve felt over the week has kicked my butt, and reminded me it’s still early days.

I class this stage of recovery from hip surgeries the worst stage, because you ‘look’ fine, you can do most things, but you don’t necessarily do them well, in good form, or for long. And most are off painkillers too, so once they tire, the pain can easily feel all consuming again. And because you ‘look and feel’ fine it gets frustrating when the hip decides to remind you, of your weaknesses, and limits.

Today it’s been exploring and strolling kind of day, a way to get moving but gentle, all flat walking, using my stick as I’m definitely not ready to lose it. And going slow, stopping often and just enjoying some fresh air.

Where we live, we have a house that author #JRRTolkien lived in 1916 and also a serene area where the books were inspired from the local countryside. Especially where two rivers meet, so that was our aim for the day to visit these places.

Looking at the house you let the mind wander of those years gone by, with his wife here while he was in camps over Cannock Chase and Rugeley too.

Wandering down the little village, in bloom with glorious blue skies and sunshine, we embark on an amble to the canal, and river waterways. To catch a glimpse of places visited by Tolkien and places that inspired him.

We find his spot where the rivers meet, the sounds of water is soothing, and mediative. We eat our packed lunch and gaze at the running water, imaging the stories he told. Listening to the wildlife and thoroughly enjoying every moment.

For once I wasn’t chased home quickly from pains and aches, like I’ve been for years. That isn’t to say it is painfree, because it isn’t there yet. But it’s certainly manageable. I felt the hip flexor area mostly, as lower back in this walk.

Day 74 Poorly

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After all my activities and loving life last week, it all came crashing down on Friday (day 72) and I thought I’d simply over done it all. So I opted to rest and do a few chores, but nothing taxing.

By the Saturday (day 73) I still wasn’t really feeling any better, which was concerning, I was starting to think I’d torn my muscle, or damaged the hip in some way, though not really understanding how.

As the day progressed, even though I was now on a second full day of resting, I felt rotten. But now not just my hips and hands, I was starting to feel generally unwell.

So here we are, I’m definitely under the weather, I have a sore throat, horrid cough and every joint aches like hell. Least this explains how I crashed out after Thursdays physio.

The weather is beautiful and here in the UK, you have to snap them up as you never know when the rain and grey weather is returning. So pulling up my big girl pants, I’m off out for a gentle stroll with the family, to blow the cobwebs away.

Wether it’s wise to or not, I used a walking pole, to give it a try. But I had my walking stick as well, for when I got tired. So sarnies packed and out the door. In a few mins we are in Chase heaven! And eating a picnic by the babbling brook in the valley.

I feel so much better for getting some fresh air, but I am tired, and sore. But making the most of my Sunday.

My adventure thrill seekers are off over the water on the log. I’m definitely not even attempting anything like this. But I enjoyed watching them do it. They jumped back over further down stream. Crazy idiots.

On the walk back the car, because we do a loop rather than back on ourselves, we walked a new trail and spotted the deer sitting around and eating. Obviously they start to walk off once we get closer, as they are 100% wild.

I feel very honoured to have gotten this close, and snapped a few photos. I did too much, I ended up on my walking stick, I am not walking anywhere near the amount others are, but that’s ok. It’s good for me, and it’s progress.

Once home it was definitely hot water bottle time, medication, and nap! I was done in, but felt accomplished at least.

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 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 44 post #hipreplacement

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The weeks are running away with me, and I’ll soon be seeing the x-ray of my new hip. I can’t wait.

This week I feel I’ve made some good victories. Starting with going out with a walking stick, to test stairs (my biggest nemesis)

To then trying out walking around a few shops again with a walking stick. I’m using it 100% of the time now. Though admittedly my splinted hand hates it compared to the crutch.

The tentative start to some weights and basic compound exercises have helped boost my mood and in feeling less helpless this week.

So when the chance to pop to the local castle and have a walk outside came up, I jumped (not literally, I’m not mad!!)

The chance to test incline and declines was daunting, but exciting too, to gage the hip properly.

This was a nice steady walk, arm in arm with hubby. My breathing and fitness were more of an issue than my hip!

Made it to the top, (I so should of sone a Rocky celebration at top). Now to wait to see if we can spot the Tornadoes doing a flyover to say goodbye, as they are retiring after 40years.

Sadly they turned around the back of the castle and not the front as planned, so super hard to spot them, definitely couldn’t see any detail. But I loved hearing them.

But here is a good photo of a tornado.

Feeling tired afterwards, in fact I promptly fell asleep once I’d settled at home, yet only was outdoors for less than an hour. I could feel aches and pains, but more from muscle weakness. The joint itself seems fine, a touch of groin pain sporadically.

Day 40 post #hipreplacement

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It’s been a trying time since last Tuesday, of settling pains, and resting. Thinking I’m fixed, doing a little movement, only for it to re tear!

So it’s been a test or a lesson that’s for sure. Some days I feel like crying, others I feel there’s nothing wrong with it. When they say it’s a roller coaster it’s absolutely true!!

But it’s not all doom and gloom, I had a victory. Rest has done me good, and not to rush into physio I chose to try and switch to the walking stick again.

So visiting the mother in law’s house, for a lovely Sunday dinner, and she has stairs, so I’ve even got to try them with a walking stick. And all is good.

So baby steps for now, but progressing slowly baby steps. I guess forward is forwards no matter how slowly you go.