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.

Physio Adventures

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So far this year, I know it’s not far into the year, but I’ve been going steady with simple exercises done most days, with a few rest days and then walking outside too.

I’ve been using the Losing Weight App, found on the play store, and it’s free.

I know its says Man, but i am happy with it and I’m female. You can also adjust for any disabilities or hindrances you have. And they set up some structured exercises to do each day, they are merely 5mins long.

They include lunges, squats, crunches, cobra pose and planks. You can do as many or as little as you like. From this I’ve discovered I actually can’t lie down on my back and have my legs up at 90degrees, they are too heavy, too stiff. It’s not happening!!

It’s to kick start me back into a routine of doing some exercise every day, and get these hips strong.

Early days yet only just started, I’ve completed 5 days. But I’m hopeful

Have you embarked on any 2020 changes in your life? How is it going so far?

Happy Hippy 1st Birthday

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Whoa I’m actually at 1yr Birthday for my hip replacement. To celebrate I’ve been putting it through it’s paces,well as much as I can while not damaging the other one.

So for last week’s physio we did

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 15reps
  • Kettle bell stand up/sit downs x 15mins
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats (with parallel bars) x 15reps
  • Flat Bosu ball side lunges (with parallel bars) x 15reps each side
  • Trampoline marching x 5mins
  • Dumbbell walking lunges x 15reps each side
  • Resistance band squat walking x 15reps each side.

Holey mother that was a tough one, but I can see and feel improvement. So though I feel like I’m going to die afterwards I can only hope I fix faster and stronger.

We also walked in the countryside and saw beautiful Herons and Ducks too. The fresh air after being indoors all Christmas was perfect for my mind.

Walked with a walking pole, which is way way way harder and more taxing than a walking stick. So this was seriously putting me through the paces.

At the top of the socket, there’s a screw, which I’m sure is causing pain where I’d put my hands, if I was putting my hands on my hips. The cold recently is making it nag.

Had a truly epic enjoyable time, very grateful that determination and medication gets me through it. Though I will need days and days off to recover from it.

Knees are not improving when I go up and down stairs,they are still my nemesis

51 Weeks Post #HipReplacement #Blogmas

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As this year winds down, and my first year post op anniversary/birthday approaches, I am taking stock over what this year has entailed.

And my biggest thing is, I’ve smiled more this year than I have in 10years. I’ve had an incredible year, which I definitely put down to the successful hip replacement. And though me still needing a walking stick, meds and hot water bottles may not seem a success to you, for me it’s still a huge improvement.

Fitness is nowhere near where I want it to be, nor is my weight. But I’m finding that I care less and less recently, rather I’m enjoying life and all the new experiences this hip is allowing me. Ever mindful I have to fix other broken body parts, but I’m focusing on the victory!!

So no New Year New Me, or saying goodbye to the decade with scorn. My last decade I’ve learnt to re- walk 8 times, had 10 surgeries, used a walking frame, bath board, perch, walking sticks, and crutches for every year of the last decade. But each one of those brutal recoveries have got me here today. And for that I’m blessed.

I plan for so many more adventures and walking while other hip allows it.

I am lucky that stunning walks are so close go home, and that my partner loves walking too.

Paths not too uneven, so this helps the warm up and to keep a steady balance.

Hopefully I can do this more if my hip and hands allow. I’m still experimenting with #Etoricoxib tablets for Arthritis I’ve had a weeks worth so far. And while it’s not a 100 percent fix it’s certainly helping.

With that said I will bid you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, and thank you for all the support of friendship you’ve given me, it means the world.

#Blogmas 49 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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The weeks and months are flying by, and inevitable progression has slowed down, and you don’t notice the victories as you did before. But overall I’m actually enjoying this hip, and I’m keeping myself on top of painkillers and hot water bottles. I’ll soon be at the hospital in Feb discussing the progress and the other hip. Looking forward to it really.

But as it’s the run up to the busiest time of year, I thought I’d share some self care tricks and hints that I use myself, to get through this festive period.

1, Pacing

Accept you can’t do everything, and be flexible with plans. Say no when you need too, leave earlier or nap whenever possible. It’s hard to keep high energy, when just getting dressed wears you out. Hard to implement at first, but no one wants you to feel stressed out and more in pain, just because it’s Christmas.

2, Medication

Its better to stay on top of medication than let it wear out and pain peak, so you are chasing the relief. So I become more regular and consistent with my pain killers.

3, Comfort

I have my comfort clothes, things without buttons (for my hands) and sweatpants for loosened around hips, and scars. Baggy snuggly jumpers for warmth. Not everyday has to be a fashion show, so be comfortable, it will help with pain levels.

4, Hot Water Bottles

My biggest win is a hot water bottle, it soothes most back aches, and hip pains, while warming me up overall which is a win for arthritis. Best Christmas presents ever to receive is a hot water bottle.

5, Tv, Movies

I watch a lot of tv, or movies when I’m really bad in pain and feel like I can’t do much. It distracts me, much like a favourite playlist of music can do too. Binge watch some series, your body and mind will love you for it.

6, Bath

I love a good soak in the bath, I will take my tablet to watch a good tv show (usually supernatural) and have a long soak in bubbles or a bath bomb. Use a sheet mask, or hair mask for an extra pamper treat. Be kind to yourself.

7, Journal

I vent, I blog, I journal so I can log my frustration out onto pages, and work through it. Sometimes it’s good to see what affects you and why it did, to see the pattern of change. I notice my moods and pain levels change with my menstrual cycle, and weather.

8, Sleep

I know Christmas is exciting and lots to do, but really honestly don’t short change yourself of sleep. You may need it more than ever. Crowds and travelling always exhausts me more than I realise. So a good sleep will help.

9, Prep

I helped myself out a lot more this year, by buying online, and before December even started. As I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with the crowds, and the stress. Having it all delivered at home, meant less travelling, less people and ultimately less stress. So I find myself enjoying December more.

10, Enjoy

Try to enjoy the festive period, I do more now I released all the things that stressed me out, and I started to accept more assistance from others. Start meal prep on Christmas eve, wrap presents early, Enjoy nice food and stop the guilt train that we often impose on ourselves.

#Blogmas 48 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I confess I cancelled my physio session due for yesterday, I just don’t have it in me to do it, as I have two days afterwards that would require energies.

We are driving up to Chester today to collect our daughter from uni, but we’ve planned a walk around the Christmas markets and packing up half of her room. I’m going to struggle with that alone, so physio was not happening. Pain is on the increase, but I’m unsure of why.

However that doesn’t mean I’ve been taking it easy in the meantime. We’ve expanded on walks, each time I lift the walking stick and walk as far as I can without it, before the waddle returns. Once it does return I go back to the stick.

I’ve stopped leaning so heavy on it, as a measure to help my hand that suffers so bad from arthritis. So the distance isn’t far. But I think it’s helping.

Walking along canals it’s an easy path, even and less arduous to try lifting the stick.

The mud is a bit of a wild card, I’ve slipped a few times, thankfully caught myself before hitting the deck. But when I slip it’s jarred the hip a few times, causing pain.

The pain I’ve had lately is in the illiac crest. A dull nagging ache, that I’m nursing with a hot water bottle. I’m taking 8 paracetamol and 3 400mg ibuprofen a day in a bid to control my hands flare ups. Weirdly though this isn’t helping the illiac pain.

Let’s hope it settles down and isn’t a frequent occurrence.