Lud’s Church, Peak District

Archive, Covid -19 Week Fourteen, Covid-19 Lockdown, Family Adventures, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Witch, Pagan, Druid, Faery, Spiritual

What is Lud’s Church? Well it’s NOT a real church, instead it’s a deep, moss-covered chasm full of history, myths and dark green wherever you look. Its colder and damp as soon as you walk into it, stepping down its stone steps deep into the cleft is to escape into another world… I imagined Merlin and Legends of old here.

Near the Roaches which is where we are walking and exploring. Is located in Leek and through Staffordshire’s Back Forest, is Lud’s Church. An 18 metre deep chasm created in the Roaches’ gritstone caused by a giant landslip, ( we did wonder if it elemental causing the tunnel) which over the ages has been covered from top to bottom in vibrant moss and lycan too The green is vibrant emerald. This makes the entire chasm outstanding to walk through, the dampness, the deep green colour has suddenly replaced the bright and expansive landscape of the Roaches, and it almost seems unbelievable. It doesn’t take long to explore the chasm, as it is only 100 metres long, but you could spend forever studying every nook and cranny- each as unique as each other. I however did not explore too much as it’s not that accessible for people like me.

Coming for the Solstice, as our Spiritual walk (as Stonehenge and Avebury are out this year) Lud’s Church was our alternative, as it’s not only interesting from a nature viewpoint, it’s also know for it’s history as in the Fifteenth Century it was used as a secret place for worship for people who would have otherwise been prosecuted. Sounds like my kind of place for sure!!

The people using this deep chasm as a church were the Lollards,(love that) followers of the early church reformer and so-called ‘heretic’, John Wycliffe.

Other than Luds Church’s religious history, there are also some myths that come with the area. It’s a fascinating place to research. Apparently one of them is that Robin Hood and Friar Tuck are reputed to have stayed in the cleft whilst hiding from the authorities. Easy to imagine, lots of nooks and crannies to hide in.

Going further back into the depths of Lud Church’s history is a myth that the chasm was created by the devil’s finger nail as he scraped back parts of the earth. Interesting, but I don’t think that happened.

And these steps, will be forever known as my victory steps. But for now, lots and lots of of recovery needed.

76 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I have been progressively challenging myself and this hip replacement. This lockdown has pushed us to walk and get out and about. Pushing a lot harder than me doing a workout routine at home.

And living in such beautiful countryside I’m lucky to have challenging hills, rocks, and pathways.

We climbed with flat levelled surfaces, I scrambled up some rocks (the left hip hated every step though)

My biggest challenge was to try and get up some Rocky steps. I wasn’t pretty but I got up there!!

After this epic adventure I won’t lie, I HURT like hell, took days and days to recover.

One day I will have a king of the castle moment like Mr Moon.

For now I can dream. Roll on hip replacement for the left side, I want to be fully bionic!!

Physio over the phone

Arthritis, Covid- 19 Week Twelve, Covid-19 Lockdown, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement, SURGERY, Triple Pelvic Ost, Femoral Ost, PAO

After 14 weeks of zero physio in the hospital, while being assessed by my physiotherapist, I had an appointment over the phone.

We discussed how my lunge onto the bosu ball, or going to do steps, is making the hip feel like it’s popping out, she feels it’s a muscle issue, so to shorten the step, and dip shallower to build it up slower. And do little but often.

And to maybe try a kneeling lunge if knees allow it, to take some pressure off.

But as I do have sore knees, I may have to do these with a cushion under the knee first.

Or I was given the option to swap forward lunges for side lunges and see if they both cause same pains, or if this one doesn’t.

We touched upon the encroaching groin pain from the left, the limitations it’s presenting and we decided the ROH should be approached for an appointment for that hip.

But I’ll be honest I’m not hopeful, I have one set for Feb 2021 and I may wait until then anyways. As I know they have some serious backlogs as it is. And physio itself may not be face to face until October, I’m sure I won’t see a consultant before Feb 21 anyways.

* Finally started exercise besides walking at home again, need to help this dodgy left hip while I can. And lose some lockdown weight!! *

Finally some relief, #CmcJointArthritis

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At long long last, after 7 weeks of #SimplyCBD and 23 weeks of #Etoricoxib I have some relief. Though I really need to add those #Paracetamol to achieve it.

Splints are needed still, and the gel, but I’m not having that absolute bone crushing pain, that makes me want to amputate the hands, so that’s a win.

I had to increase the drops of CBD oil from 1 drop x 3 a day to 2 drops x 3 a day, once I hit that amount, I noticed a change. Beforehand it definitely helped with anxiety around pain, and sleep too. But for pain it didn’t. So upping the dose slowly I gradually saw a difference, and I made sure I did it over a menstrual cycle too,which is when my body overall is more painful.

I would still prefer an steroid injection to really kick the inflammation down, and I wouldn’t need splints as much. But still not an option sadly. But maybe soon, now the lockdown is easing off in places.

A big break for 2 weeks in physio, and walking has helped with getting my shoulders and hip pain under control, which allowed me to really work on getting the thumbs also under control. I’m glad I took the pressure off myself, and gave things time to work as well.

New Month New Challenges.

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It’s 1st June, and if you have certain aged children, they are meant to be returning to school. Due to some lockdown restrictions lifted. And we can now see family outside in gardens or parks.

And with this change, we can finally collect our daughters belongings from campus. So that’s our mission today.

We had to book a slot, be as fast as possible, but also clear it out thoroughly. It’s a sad chapter to close, all those drunken pre drink get togethers, Sunday dinners made with pals, and cosy movie nights. All gone forever, not to return to this building again. It’s a process to work through emotionally.

Also today, it’s the start of 10,000 steps a day challenge for June, set up by #VersusArthritis

You can sign up here if you’d like to join in Miles Together

Obviously I could never do 10,000 steps let alone do them daily. But I’m here to support and corale all those taking part, and share their just giving pages too. I think it’s a great get together, and the Facebook group is full of wonderful people, find them here

Ninth Week #SelfIsolation

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Lockdown has been adjusted slightly, though none of it relates really to myself. Though we eagerly await being allowed to empty campus rooms.

Now the exercise can be more than once a day, and for as long as you like,and even drive to it, in my wildest dreams I can’t personally walk more than once a day, but it does help fitter and healthier people.

Driving to exercise definitely helps me, means I can walk more local remote areas, without being done in hipwise before I’ve left the street.

Mentally I feel a weight has been lifted, anxiety has dampened down, now it’s just the sadness of missing my daughter’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries, grandchildren’s birthdays and it looks like father’s day is off the cards like mother’s day was too.

Being able to walk the waterways has given us some great opportunities to watch the sun go down, and reconnect with energies that help us feel grounded.

Easing off finally pain wise from that dreadful flare up, still taking my CBD oil on top of Paracetamol and Etoricoxib. And it’s going well, I’ve resisted to taking tramadol which I’m pleased about. The CBD oil I would say eased anxious thoughts, helped me relax around my pain, which in turn eases the flare. But I’m unsure if time itself would of also done this. So I’m continuing, and seeing of the cycle of huge flare around menstruation time pops up again and if it helps.

I’ve taking a backseat with my fitness programme as I had too, now it’s more walking based and some joint stability exercises. Rather than exercise to lose weight (Though I know I’ve gained weight sadly) I’m also still learning my languages, as I was before the lockdown. I do these for my own sanity and not from enforced lock down.

68 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I’m missing my physiotherapist for sure. But I decided to not let my physio routine slip. Though with my hands and hips I’ve had more flare ups since this all happened, wonder if connected with stress and anxiety??

Most days I’m doing static physio exercises, incorporating the Bosu ball as it’s amazing for balance and micromovements in the muscles. Feels like for less exercise I’m working the joints more.

While I feel improvement at home, I’m definitely NOT with walking, which is a huge disappointment if I’m honest. My hand is wrecked from my walking stick, it’s also dislocating/subluxing my shoulder too!!

So new goals I need to try and walk without it, but I’m still struggling distance with it. Catch 22. Though I have managed some walking without it (heavenly) while it lasted.

Walks are beautiful though and great for my mentality too. I’m just so so broken afterwards. Like 5 days totally off exercise and much movement after a walk. Anyone else? Leg swells up too.

The gradient is flat and not hilly really, even base too. So confused as too why it’s still causing so much groin pain.

At least it was a good opportunity to test the hip out, it’s just a shame I can’t ask for advice or see the therapist about it all.

65 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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As you can guess, Physio is cancelled at the hospital. Which I am obviously sad about, but it’s understandable too.

As we go through this third week, things are getting into a steady routine, fitness is going well, and at least once a week we are doing a walk outside.

As you can see, it’s peaceful and relaxing. We also saw so many Peacock butterflies along the way too.

The Bosu ball is keeping me fully active at home. Not just for lower limbs like I’d do at Physio at Hospital. But I’m even doing some arm work, via tricep dips and press ups. It’s very versatile.

Some exercises to give you an idea, I bought my ball from #Aldi and it was £25.99 I believe it’s even cheaper now. The official ones are well over £100. But this feels exactly like the hospital one.

My newest exercise is mountain climbers. Not at a fast rate, but slow and learning to lift the knee up. Building the range of motion up.

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

#Halsey Manic Tour #DateDay

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It’s finally here!! After the disappointment of the #LanaDelRey concert being cancelled, we’ve literally counted down the days to this event!! Though now it’s here, I’m nervous due to the coronavirus if I’m honest.

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So we went

Instead of all we had planned, we are staying at home for the day and only coming out for this event. So no junkyard golf and club crawl beforehand. Gutted but I understand. After tonight the country may be on lockdown with all events cancelled etc.(nope they haven’t decided to do this yet)

So Manchester here we come.

We had pale waves on as an introduction, supporting act. Loved their sound. So I will look for them on Spotify.

Found our seats easily as they were shown to us, We had a great view as well, super impressed.

My only bugbear was everyone stood up, we had seating for disability so thankfully on the end, so could still see, but I spotted others that couldn’t.

Set List

  1. Nightmare
  2. Castle
  3. Heaven In Hiding
  4. Eyes Closed/ Die for Me
  5. You Should Be Sad
  6. Haunting
  7. Forever… (is a Long Time)
  8. Dominic’s Interlude (interlude)
  9. I Hate Everybody
  10. Colors pt. II / Colors
  11. Walls Could Talk
  12. Bad At Love
  13. 3am
  14. Finally // Beautiful Stranger
  15. 100 Letters (acoustic)
  16. Is There Somewhere
  17. Killing Boys
  18. Hold Me Down
  19. Clementine
  20. Graveyard
  21. 929
  22. Ashley
  23. Gasoline
  24. Without Me

The whole thing went so fast, four outfit changes, moving stages, fabulous visuals and fire. It was high energy, delicate at times, emotional in others, raging and fierce, it was a whole journey she took us on.

I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. In fact I didn’t want it to end. We had lots of Artist interaction, and talking too. Felt like it was genuine interaction, rather than staged and forced.

And now that’s me not moving for a week, we are staying in to keep our contact with others to a minimum. I cancelled my physio appointments for a month too.