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 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.

44 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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This week I hit a very important anniversary for the hips, it marks 10years, yep that’s right 10YEARS since my first big surgery on the hips. Note I say BIG surgery, as prior to this I had, had a bursa removal with IT Band lengthening.

I had a triple pelvic osteotomy (pelvis broken in 3 places and realigned) and femoral osteotomy (which lengthened my leg 2 inches) as you can see below I was Wonky!!

So much has happened since then, it makes me realise how far I’ve come, I’ve had 3 lots of metal work removed since, I’ve had a arthoscope on opposite hip since (where they shaved the femoral head, and removed the labrum) I’ve had 4 steroid injections and 2 manipulations under anaesthetic. Another triple pelvic osteotomy, and a femoral derotation (twist the femur to opposite direction of tib/fib bone) osteotomy!! Then this hip replacement, all done on the other hip!

I got a dvt, from ankle to thigh, nearly died. But I’ve come through it, and though it took 3years completely to recover. I’ve learnt to walk again countless times, I’ve used a walker, crutches and walking sticks for 10years, it’s art of my life now.

And the point of all this, to to acknowledge it was hard, can be still hard. But I’ve come a long way and I’ve come out the other side. I would do it all again to rid myself of that awful life consuming pain.

I’m not pain free or walking aid free, but I’m so much better than I ever was. I was housebound at one point with no hope of it changing. Until these surgeries and constant (Done for the last 10years) physio. Never underestimate how good physio can be for yourself.

Getting out and about is my greatest achievement since, it’s been a long journey. But walking is my simplest pleasure and I never take it for granted.

Still have a stick but I’m incredibly grateful to it now, instead of embarrassed by it.

Week 41 +42 Post #HipReplacement

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This week has been full on, coming back from camping, and unpacking and washing everything.

Then re-packing again for a romantic getaway to Boscastle, it’s for the #DarkGathering which happens the Saturday before Samhain (Halloween) so a cottage is booked and I can’t wait.

But in my haste I’ve bent forwards again to pick a mirror off the floor, and the hip did/does a weird squelchy feeling, it is a fast reminder not to do it, it is the oddest feeling and I feel sick when it happens.

I’ve googled it and I can’t find anything about this sensation. I will keep an eye on it, rest while I can, and vow never to bend like that again!!

#Blogmas 2018 getting closer

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So I’m all set and ready to go in 11 days. But I clearly need to return to better eating, and taking on more fluids too, to help with better healing post op.

I’ve hopefully avoided illness and sickness so fingers and toes crossed nothing stops it going ahead now.

I don’t mind admitting I’m terrified even though I’ve had many surgeries already. Mainly because once you remove bone, there’s no going back. But I’m a member of many groups and they often say it was the best decision they made.

But we all have that niggle that unrests our minds, and worries us with what ifs. I have also had these worries before the previous surgeries too, so knowing they were unfounded helps me a lot.

So today it’s been time to tidy the house, getting into a routine, putting things away (though not our tree or decorations yet) and having set meals again. I even did some physio on shoulders and hands too.

I need to find a decent packing list as well. Eek so much to do and fit in before the op!!

#Blogmas 2018 3 weeks until #HipReplacement

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Omg I’m here again, now I just hope beyond all hopes it isn’t cancelled again!!

I’m sort of ready for Christmas, I’ve shopped as much as I can. And we’ve done 3 universities in 3 cities over 3 weeks. We’ve heard from 2 so far and both have offered a place. So hope we will hear off this third one soon too.

With doing these, I can not do physio as well, I’ve tried and it’s been poor form, and extra exhausting. So I’ve admitted defeat for now.

And I can honestly say, from trying to keep up with the tours, and walking, and sight seeing, I’m so glad the hip is going. It’s just a bain of my life. Sat at home I can also convince myself it’s fine, and I’m over reacting getting it replaced. (How many of us do that?)

Recently it’s been feeling more unstable, and achy under my butt scar. The recovery time from one day out, is multiple days of being in sheer agony. The more it slips and hurts, the more I pitch heavily into my walking stick, which is also causing issues in the hands. Vicious circle of pain.

But it’s Christmas, so I can’t be blue!! So less than a week to the big Christmas day, I’m planning on resting as much as I can, but let’s be honest, no one can actually rest this time of year!!

I hope to delegate some jobs to relieve some pains and aches. I’m not cooking this year, as we’ve planned around me already having the hip done. And I didn’t change plans, as it will be pure heaven not to cook and wash up this year.

So nearly time I can put my feet up, and start to enjoy the festive season. How about you??

#Blogmas 2018 4 weeks ish til #HipReplacement

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Holey moley how fast is this time going? It’s whizzing by, and now we have university interviews all month, the time is flying by even quicker.

So far we have done one interview and she’s got a conditional offer from them already, but you have to wait to do the others before you accept. So still a few cities to do yet.

It’s also nearly 2 weeks since the steroid and I’m happy to update that the thumb now feels fabulous. It was so worth the discomfort and aches, and side effects to get to this point. I must remember this as now my right big toe is aching (literally I’m fixing/masking one problem area, and another pops up!!) It’s hurting to flex as you step, but hoping rest, ice and ibuprofen will help that.

I literally can’t have other issues, as I’m struggling to juggle on the ones I have. Curse of Arthritis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome I guess.

As you can gather this week I’ve not done any hip physio, as I’ve not had the energy or time to do them. Each day it’s been a doing day or recovery day. Which is looking to stay like this all of December. Weather too is dreadful so extra pains, swellings, and aches, which isn’t helping at all.

But we did snatch a quick woodland walk in, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Some fresh air, some uneven ground, to help work muscles, so in that way the hip was worked out.

So although it wasn’t regular exercise, I still huffed and puffed, and sweated away. Knowing in a few short weeks I’d be longing for fresh air. Better to get it all in now. However hip was ANGRY as hell once home and rested, took 2 days of complete rest to sort out pain levels to reasonable again.

Roll on the next busy week, it’s Birmingham university next and occupational therapy too.

7 weeks until #hipreplacement

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Feels like I’m going back in time!! Well now I have more time to play with, maybe it’s time to sort these hands a bit more long term?

So with that in mind I went to see the GP. As I’m at my wit’s end with pain.

Some days they are like lightening and I struggle to even hold my phone and scroll. Other days it’s like there’s never been an issue.

I have not found a reason of the fluctuations in mobility and pain levels. I eat the same way every week (the success of our weight loss and maintaining weight) and I do the same level of physio exercises. So it can’t be any of those.

Really I’d love a magic wand to take the pain away, but that’s not possible. Though 5% ibuprofen gel takes some of it away, but I can only use it 4 times a day.

No real answers to it all, except I am trying to book in with MiCats for another steroid injection, which admittedly the last one was July and has worked very well. Also seeing OT (occupational therapy) on 5th Dec to see if there is anything they can do to help.

Thankfully I managed to snag a cancellation appointment for Friday 23rd Nov instead of waiting until 31st Dec. But the steroid injection couldn’t be done on the Friday due to no ultrasound machine, so back on Tuesday 27th for a CMC joint kenalog injection.

We had a long chat, she gave me exercises to try, I grossed her out with how much range my thumb has, clearly it’s not a normal range. But we touched on the fact she doesn’t see steroid injections long term. Something I know my hip consultant says too, however rheumatologist and gp say different.

Hip wise, I’m back to doing the post hip replacement exercises, and I’d actually forgotten how hardcore they are, still no improvement on standing freely on one leg, it’s not happening. Or extending leg outstretched forwards, the leg is too heavy and too resistant.

Still shocks me how hard these actually are too do.
I can only hope they aim to improve the tone and muscle and my stamina, all for better smoother healing afterwards. And at least they are keeping me busy in the meantime too. Instead of wallowing in self pity.

I’ve rung to confirm the new official surgery date, so as of today it’s officially 9th Jan 2019 as long as nothing else happens. No date for pre op as of yet though.

Pre op day. 2 weeks until total hip replacement #THR well it was…..

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This week it’s been full on Christmas preparation for me, as I am attempting to get it all bought for before December even starts.

Why? You ask, well firstly I can’t and don’t get out much, so traffic, crowds, and stress aren’t my thing. And after end of November I could well be on a walker, or crutches so the idea of crowds and slippy floors doesn’t excite me.

So that’s been my Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, along with doing the shoulder exercises each day. Along with core strengthening exercises. I do a simple selection, adapted to my abilities.

  • Goblet squat
  • Single arm bicep row
  • Single weight reverse lunge
  • Single arm chest press
  • Supine marching
  • Single arm tricep overhead

Then comes Wednesday afternoon and I get a call, from McBryde secretary and it’s about my Stem not being correct, and needs re making. So my surgery is cancelled 😥😥😥😥 it’s now 9th Jan 2019!! Gutted.

Now I have to cancel my pre op and hip workshop which are both scheduled for today. What a palaver. Oh well silver lining and all that, least I won’t be on crutches on Christmas day.

My family are all cheering me on, convincing me it’s a good thing, as now I won’t be recovering over my husband’s birthday, and on Christmas day I won’t be stressing over heights of chairs either. So they are correct, and though I was genuinely gutted at first I do see their point.

So countdown is now on again, it’s 7 weeks and 6 days and counting….

3 week countdown to #THR it’s official

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Since week 4 some things have happened, none bad. Not really.

My appointment for the #TotalHipReplacement is officially through, it’s still 29th November and it’s at 10.30am so no mad dash at 6am, phew that’s better for me. I’ve had to ring to accept the date, so it’s set stone now and I can plan around it. Yay happy days. I must start measuring my furniture now.

And I’ve seen a Physiotherapist about my hands or so I thought!! But alas they don’t do hands which is a shame as they have been awful this week. The right hand thumb has flared up, hurts to lift the kettle, hold pens, it’s swelled up too. Hard to see on photos, but it’s super painful. No rhyme or reason but each day they are flaring up, and feel like lightening at times. But I’ve also rung MiCats as I’m desperate to find a solution for the pain and flares. But i find out they have signed me off, so back to GP for another referral, I see them 16th November.

Instead they were treating my hypermobility, with appropriate exercise to stabilize the joints. My shoulders being the worst that is what we are focusing on. I’ve been referred to OTs for hand assistance, possible mobility aids to have around the house. And to join a hypermobility group at physio for more assistance after my a hip replacement.

My usual shoulder stability exercises are above, but as I have certain times of the month when joints are rattling in and out of joint. She recommended these smaller exercises, to do daily to build up stability and strength.

So using a ball, press firmly, making small circles 10 reps clockwise, 10 reps anticlockwise, and then 10 reps up and down. Small actions, but I felt it immediately. So targeted. This should help for when I’m put back onto crutches after #HipReplacement I’ve been doing them 3 x a day and wow, what a exercise. Super effective and I’m keen to see how this will improve my future health.

Weather has really kicked the hip pain up a few notches, and I’m just so glad I don’t have long to wait now. The groin is like a white hot poker of pain just sitting, let alone attempting to walk or do physio.

Took all my body measurements so I can compare after surgery, it’s something I have always done. It’s a better gage than the scale for me. So I know what I’m working back to following rehabilitation. I’m feeling much more ready to get it all done.