#Blogmas 47 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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*Update from Mondays post. See here I’m instructed to take 8x paracetamol and 3x 400g ibuprofen as well as use the gel. See how I feel after 10days of continuous use*

So my black Friday haul was….

Last week I was sharing that my physio which is fortnightly killed me off for 4 days minimum. And that I was wondering what she would set for me this last week.

Well, it was another killer, let me say that!!

  • Stationary Bike Level2 x5mins
  • Leg Press 40kgs x 30reps (this felt good)
  • Bosu Ball Side Lunges (parallel bars for support) x 15reps each side
  • Upside Down Bosu Ball Squats (parallel bars for support) x 10reps (feels stronger in right leg)
  • Trampoline Marching (helps to release pains in glutes a bit) x 3mins
  • Walking Lunge with Dumbells (parallel bars for support) x 15 reps each side (still lean to the right side though)

The morning after though, wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just some right knee giving away once the leg got tired. So it’s an improvement from last time being bedbound for 4 days.

Managed to finish off Christmas shopping, as I’m too scared to do any in December, the crowds the traffic is too much for me. So like last year my aim was to be free of stress all December. And enjoy the 2 family birthdays and baby arrival instead.

#Blogmas are you doing it?

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It’s here, it’s the festive season and it is the time I try, very very hard to blog everyday. Or as near as I can.

I see many a fabulous blogger with amazing content doing #Blogmas, or if you are on YouTube check out #Vlogmas. Well worth checking them out for your Festive fixes.

Although I’m going to try and join in, mine won’t all be Christmas related, or even as I prefer Yule related. As honestly my life isn’t that affected by Christmas anymore.

Gone have the little people that make it all the magic that it was, and though I LOVE seeing my grown children at Christmas, they have their own lives and families too.

Ours is a low-key Yule celebration and less about consumerism now as well. Once everyone is grown they can and do buy all this things they’ve ever wanted. So for us it’s food and being together that is important.

Confession, haven’t even thought about putting the tree up yet.

But I’m loving the shops displays, and with this cold snap lately, I’m definitely feeling more festive.

#Blogmas 10 Weeks Post #SteroidInjection

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It’s finally #Blogmas and yes I’m a day late, but Happy December, it’s such a busy month, but should be good.

This month I am attempting to take control of pain, as some days it’s consuming very thought I have, and it’s ruining my positive mentality slowly slowly.

December brings two birthdays, 1 for my husband, and 1 for my third daughter, and also a birth too!! Due in 18days.

These are the reasons for chasing the help I can, so I can be present and happy for these occasions.

Today is the day I see the GP for some guidance on reliving this ever present burning thumb and mcp pain in my index and middle fingers.

Not sure what I expect, but I’m feeling desperate at times, with lots of tears at night from pain.

Left hand which had the steroid injection 10 weeks ago.

See above the MCP joints are swelling up.

Right hand swells overall, not as localised over MCP and DIP joints.

It’s like lightening at times, dull aches other times, and it’s getting me down.

I’ve been wearing gloves, and splints religiously, and taking medication that I have too.

I bit the bullet and booked my right cmc steroid joint injection in for the 16th Dec. So that’s 2 weeks from today. I’m very very scared and nervous. Especially after last time. But I’m hoping I can hold my baby granddaughter due near Christmas, and have a pain ish free Christmas day.

But at the same time I know it needs doing, as holding a pen, or my cup is becoming an issue. And forget shoelaces, I can’t do it!!

And I need my hands to build the Christmas tree up!!

46 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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Today should of been my 1year post, had the 29th Nov 2018 surgery not been cancelled.

However it was and I ended up having it after Christmas instead. Which honestly was a blessing in disguise, as I ended up enjoying December more. I’d bought all presents so I had zero stress over this time. And honestly the time flew by too.

So this last week, what happened?? Well it was hellish recovering from that physio session, featured in last weeks post. A lot of rest was needed. 4 days of complete rest in fact. Actual NOT moving recovery it was that painful.

But once I had recovered, I managed a small country walk better than I had before, though on the left I’m convinced the glute is NOT activating at all. Still quad dominant over that side.

Slopes are still affecting the knees, both going up and down. I’m still stopping at least 4 to 5 times to readjust hips and knees. Stronger on the right side though, keeps showing up the left now.

But the fresh air is doing my mind good, not being stuck indoors and constantly focusing on negativity.

Really pleased with my walking boots, light weight but so supportive on my ankles. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome makes my ankles prone to rolling over, even walking on flat normal surfaces. As well as super grippy. I hate slippy leaves at this time of year.


Well it’s time for another physio session, I wonder what she will do with me this week, hoping she will be kind. Will post it soon…

Gerard Cosmetics this month

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Once again I’ve been fortunate to receive some incredible #PR #GIFTED and for that I’m extremely grateful. I do this post because I want too, and not because it’s expected or required.

I got a different bundle this time, as we are fortunate to pick what we receive ourselves, which I’m stunned to see other brands don’t do, which I believe increases so much waste and contributes to fast make up.

So instead of hundreds of products that don’t suit skin tones, or personal preferences you can tailor it to meet your needs.

With that I decided I really needed a #GCSquad hoodie, to be warm as toast while winter starts, and it’s perfect for physio too. Worn for a few wintery walks and it’s so warm, so glad I picked this. buy here

Along with that I also purchased with my credits a T Shirt again great to represent the brand, and easy wear for physio. It’s cosy too. buy here

For something completely different, I went for a Melt Make up Balm, in Rose. It’s my favourite scent and I knew it wouldn’t kick off any of my allergies too. Arrived solid in tube, it needs warming to heat up the coconut oil and omg!! It’s changed my skin this past month I’ve been using it. Once warm it’s a real liquid, small amount goes a long long way. Smooth over make up, watch it literally melt away. Use a warm hot cloth, and all make up is removed without scrubbing, or multiple goes. Skin is left so soft, nourished and protected in chilly winds, that this is my game changer product. buy here

To top it all off, I just had to get some lip products, and I got a bundle which had a light up gloss, lip pencil in nude and hydra matte liquid lip. The formulas for these three are my favourites. Never thought I’d ditch my Kat Von D or Lime Crime, but I find the liquid lipsticks less drying and more wearable. Find all lip products here

Then my final purchase was the Brow Bar to go, to see if I could be swayed from #Wunder2 brows, and so far so good. But maybe the wunder pips it as it lasts 3 days. buy here

And better still, their #BlackFriday sales have started. Saving you a massive 51%

9 weeks post #steroidinjection

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It’s been a journey for sure, not like the first injection I had at all. It took nearly a month to work and it’s only worked marginally as well. But here I am contemplating the one thumb, as it badly needs doing.

As I’m finding that yes the cmc joint of thumb is ok. But higher knuckle of thumb is agony. Along with mcp joints of first two fingers as well. These are swelling mainly at night. And when I use my walking stick, the hand hurts with me gripping on tight. Can’t not grip tightly once my hip gets tired, it’s a vicious cycle.

Seeking the GP advice next week (it takes roughly 2-3 weeks to get in to see them) see if there’s anything else besides the gloves, splints and Injections. Though I’m not hopeful.

Winter sucks!!

Murderous Secrets by Janice Frost #BlogBookTour

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It’s been some time since I’ve done one of these. So as usual it’s #ADGIFTED but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry & Neal #6) by Janice Frost

Looking for a totally gripping crime mystery which you won’t want to put down?
DISCOVER THE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE

Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.

A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.

Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.

DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?

SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP

Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.

Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?

Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.

PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST
“A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv

“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys

“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole

“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara

“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn

THE DETECTIVES
DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS

JANICE FROST

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009761614110

Twitter: @Janice579021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

Amazon: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

MY REVIEW

I have no experience with this author, or their writing style, which I like, as it means I get exposed to many great authors I would never have found otherwise.

A good murder story will always be my favourite, the guessing, the piecing clues together, the diversions and back stories set up to trick you.

It ends in a real page turner, one that you just have to race through to see what happens next.

I enjoyed the characters, which truly helps to be engaged with the story. You feel invested in their lives, you actually care which is rare for me.

I’ll be hunting more from this series, I don’t feel too behind by reading number 6 first. It’s a good book standing by itself. But I will enjoy going to the beginning to see how it all unfolds.

45 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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This week I swallowed my pride, and faced my fear, and finally after all this time, visited the dentist.

When I had my surgery, you inevitable have a throat tube, during the operation. And with having #EhlersDanlosSyndrome I have weak, crumbly teeth. See here for info

So after awaking from my operation, my tongue discovered 2 freshly broken, chipped teeth.

Thankfully they didn’t hurt, and didn’t present a problem until recently. The last few weeks, I’ve had tooth ache. But I’m afraid of the dentist…..

I thought it was firstly a check up, as they don’t know what to do until they have examined it. But at least I’ve made this first step. But NO it was a filling with no injections just a clean up and filling. He was supportive, he actually knew what Ehlers Danlos Syndrome was and how it affects me. I was super impressed.

Also this last week I’ve been faithfully doing the number 4 stretches, with success in ability. But it’s hurting the right legs knee and hip is still swelling up too. So it was time to see what my physiotherapist says about it.

There’s been an improvement, so we proceeded to test it gently. And although it’s swelling up, she says it’s to be expected for 12-24months. So I feel a lot better about it.

  • 5 mins stationary bike no resistance
  • 20kg leg press x 10 reps
  • Bosu ball walkovers (using parallel bars for stability) x 10 reps
  • Bosu ball side leg lunges (using parallel bars for stability) x 10 reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball Balance squats (using parallel bars for stability) x 10 reps
  • Walking lunges (using parallel bars for stability) x 10 reps
  • Duck walking with Red band (using parallel bars for stability) x 10 reps

To say I walked out would be a lie, I practically crawled out, as that was brutal while it’s so swollen and sore. It’s now 4 days after this appointment and the pain is subsiding. I literally couldn’t move for days, it was far far too much!!

Top 5 Hippy Christmas Gifts

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A slightly different post, but as it’s nearly the run up to Christmas, I thought about all the hippy related things I have myself, and what things to buy for hippies too.

So enjoy this cobbled together Christmas wish list of this ole hippie.

I love this first one, and I definitely felt it last year. As I was meant to get one before last Christmas, but it ended up being afterwards instead. Still the best present ever!!

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Something that’s my entire life line!! Is my walking stick, and I always have a fold up version, so I can choose when and how I use it.

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I used a normal pillow between my knees, but with hindsight, I think I would of been better off with this instead.

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You will need to have some humour while recovering, and make lots of notes too. So these come in handy.

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I fall in to the category of a Custom Made hip replacement, so with your bony pens, write down appointments, physio plans or medication taken in this.

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Just a collection of what I’d buy myself, or other hippy friends. I always wear my own hippy tops to appointments and physio sessions. A stick is usually vital, so I suggest buying a pretty one. And I make endless notes and doodle. The pillow is a want of my own, I should of bought one.

And of course it’s not complete without my own Tragically Hip Top, that I personally wear. Comes in various colours, and in t-shirts too.

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Look Fantastic November Box #Hygge

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This months #lookfantasticbeautybox my last one as I’ve cancelled now, as it’s so close to Christmas, and I need time to use what I’ve collected over the months. This months theme was #hygge #cosy

#Espa smooth and firm body butter 30ml worth €)£8.33 enriched with Larch and Pumpkin seed extract for deep moisturizing skin, fragrances with rose, patchouliand mandarin oils.

#ThisWorks deep sleep pillow spray 10ml worth £8.00 a lavender, vetivert, chamomile to help calm the mind and soothe you to sleep.

#Nuxe build prodigieuse riche 10ml worth £4.50 a one step to achieve nourished, soft skin. Use on face, body, or hair it’s a cold weather saviour.

#SoEco konjac sponge worth £7.00
a beautiful soft already dampponge made of vegetable fibres, it’s 100% biodegradable sponge, use it to exfoliate and cleanse skin with each use.

#DrBotanicals help infused natural nutrition moisturiser 30ml worth £12.00 a beautiful green coloured hemp seed oil and cocoa butter moisturiser. Use daily to help the skin with it’s essential vitamins and minerals.

#Skimono beauty hand mask for intense nourishment worth £9.99
A mask designed for hard working hands, enriched with hyaluronic acid and shea butter to promote supple and smooth skin.