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

What a week of change!! First Week #SelfIsolation

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Last week I was discussing self isolation and how as a disabled person it wouldn’t be any different from my main life.

How wrong was I? It is different, we can no longer see family members, in fear we catch something, or worse pass it on to loved ones. The threat and fear of medication storages are luming in the back of my mind.

And the staggering dismissal of the deaths as they have pre existing conditions have floored me. Do they not realise, it’s not just end of life people, but people that could live another 50+ years in normal circumstances.

But here we are it’s anything but Normal is it? Schools shut indefinitely, so we collected our youngest daughter on Thursday 19th March so she wouldn’t be stuck up there alone. Though I worry equally about my other three daughters and their families.

The world is different and how different it stays remain to be seen. I’m not ashamed to say I could cry, scream, feel helpless and almost driven mad with what ifs. But I know it won’t help.

All I can do, is reduce the amount I eat and treat it with mindfulness so I can go without more, which in turn means less trips out to supermarkets.

Try to occupy my mind (As that’s my worse enemy) and perhaps step away from social media as much as possible. Everything feels so trivial in comparison to this.

So far we can still walk in the countryside, so I’m doing this for pure mental health, and vitamin D. I can handle the pubs, restaurants and cases, and retail shops shut. But it’s the but wrenching feeling, that you may never hold loved ones again, parents, grandchildren, children. It’s totally Heart breaking.

We celebrated Ostara in the woods, it felt good to have brisk winds whip around our faces, it feels good to be alive. The blue skies and birdsong lifts the spirits, and it was good to snatch that freedom of outside. I have no problems of avoiding shops, pubs but being outdoors is what feeds my soul.

Self Isolation

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As a person that is usually stuck indoors, my only appointments are being at the hospital physio once a fortnight (I’ve cancelled for a month) or going out for a brisk walk. Me being trapped inside is nothing new to me.

First thing first, stay in a routine. It’s important to get up and dressed, especially as depression and apathy will take hold if you don’t. It’s better to structure your day, as you feel more productive.

So what can we do

DIY,Garden

If you are able bodied, then maybe is a this time to catch up on all the diy you’ve been meaning to do. I would love to do this, but it isn’t possible sadly. I can’t even garden, not that I have green fingers either though.

Exercise

I personally wear myself out with daily physio,so not only am I working the leg out and trying to ease arthritis symptoms, it occupies my mind too. I find it fills a lot of my day up, as I need a long time after to recover from it too. Great mood booster though.

Craft, Hobbies

I love crafts, I have made jewellery, papercutting and I love colouring in books too, they ease the mind and fill up good chunks of time. This for me is limited now due to my hand arthritis. But I love them when it’s possible.

Reading

Who doesn’t have a book list as long as their arm, but always feel like they have no time to read. Well now you do, it is one of the most peaceful times to snatch for yourself. I’m going to re-read the Ink Heart trilogy and Beautiful Creatures.

Prime,Now,Netflix

It is a good time to catch up on tv series, binge watch all that you have saved. I have a love of European Netflix shows,a good scandi noir helps me through the long days. The Flash, Altered Carbon, Elite, Stockholm Requiem.

Organise Wardrobes

I actually badly need to do this myself. I literally live in work out wear and pjs. But I have clothes for every occasion and am a hoarder too. So it’s time to decide what to charity or bin, or give to family. Lots of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube.

Stay safe guys xx

61 Weeks Post #HipReplacement Physio outside

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Racing into the weeks now, it feels after Christmas the months have absolutely flown!! I can’t quite believe it’s middle of March and nearly time for Easter Holidays.

As the horrendous storms and water have reduced, it’s been good to get outside and do some nature countryside walks. They actually seem to wear me out more than a gym controlled session.

Trying to walk straight, small steps and very very controlled so the limp isn’t there. It’s only a small amount of steps I can do like this, before waddle comes back. But I’m trying to build upon it.

It’s cold for sure, but wrapped up it’s ok, and you get to feel alive for a bit. Blow the depressive thoughts away and reset your mind.

I am very lucky to live in such a pretty place. The mud makes each step a little off camber, giving the ankles more work to hold you upright and steady, so it’s working the micro muscles we don’t usually think about. But it does fatigue me very quickly.

1yr Post #HipReplacement appointment

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Another milestone hit, it’s finally here my 1year Post Hip Replacement appointment. Although it’s technically 13months post op.

I went in fully prepared to say what I needed to say, I even wrote it down too, Nervous but intrigued. I dressed with no metal on my trousers so I would be as fast as lightening in the x-ray department. Which I scan safetly say with confidence I’m the fastest x-rayer!!

I requested my consultant, but alas it wasn’t meant to be, I ended with a Registrar instead.

This is last year’s x-ray. I can see a tiny spot now I’m home and studying x-ray on the bone.

Today’s (tuesday) xray and OMG it’s still there but moved.

No real explanation to why I still get groin pain, and stem pain. Except he reminded me it was never a normal hip replacement, it said it’s more like a revision one, because of the extensive work I’ve had done prior to this implant. So he said it would be 10 times longer to recover. So I’m prepared to work more and wait.

He watched me walk, we discussed quad weakness and my struggling to do stairs, the quads would explain that. And knee pain too. So more years until it evens itself out. He checked the ranges and was happy on the replaced hip, but noted the limitation on the left one.

We discussed that I have no pain in the left just very restrictive, so he suggests I leave the replacement in that side until I do have pain, so the success is greater. And it also gives this side more time to fix itself better too, without adding more stress and weight to it.

So although I was originally disappointed to hear the initial results of expected pain for a while yet, and using stick too (Will it ever go, will I ever ditch the limp), and not to replace hip for a long time yet, when I was totally expecting too in a year’s time. I feel slightly better about it now.

He asked if I was happy with the leg length, and I casually said yes. But now I’m home and freaking out, am I happy with the length? Is there a difference?

So I’m not back for a year, well sooner if need to be seen. But if not another year and we can discuss if progress has actually been made or not. And see how the left is holding up. Pleased I saw no damage to the stem or around the acetabular cup, as they were my greatest fears.

And with that I hobbled myself out, with the worse gait you’ve ever seen!! Damn it

* once home I noticed a white dot on the x-ray next to the hip replacement, so I looked at older x-ray and it was there too, but more on edge of the bone. So I think it’s a rogue staple left in!!*

58 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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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

Valentine’s? Nah it’s Physio time!!

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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.

56 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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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!!

55 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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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!!

Physio at hospital

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Is still going strong, it’s every fortnight, so this is why and how I can do some at home too.

Told her the results of my hand specialist and we agreed that as I have had poor healing hip wise with ligaments and tendons, it’s probably wise to put off hands as long as we can.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze x 15 reps
  • Leg press 40kg x 15reps
  • Bosu ball against bars, side lunges x 10reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats against bars x 10reps
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Side steps on stairs x 15reps

Not as much as usual, as these were harder to do, and leg was quickly tired.

So now it’s time to quietly collapse on the sofa and not move for a few days.

Stupid rainy days,freezing cold days have made hips and hands considerably worse lately. Hoping this increased dosage helps, but it’s early days yet.

Tried to do a small walk a few days after physio, and I had ZERO motivation,High pain and I was limping immediately so more rest days needed I feel.

No weight loss so far, but I’m happy enough with being 5 min productive each day. So even on my high pain days, I’ve found a way to be productive yet protective too.