Day 87 #hipreplacement

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This weather is causing pain pain pain, and a healthy dose of stiffness and immobility with that.

So far this week to control the hand pains I’ve been taking 400mg ibuprofen x 2 but I’ll admit it’s not really helping, on top of that I’m using ibuprofen gel. At least I can splint them, and use gloves.

However the hip isn’t feeling any benefit from Ibuprofen, but it aches deep in the thigh crease where pelvis meets the thigh, Or bikini crease area I should say. With the increased rain, I’m noticing that the hip still feels seized up and stiff, exactly like it did with Arthritis?? So for this I’m adding Paracetamol. And see if that helps.

Today’s physio is focusing on lubricating joints to ease pains.

Shoulder exercises

  • Circle ball on wall left 10 reps x 3
  • Circle ball on wall right 10 reps x 3
  • Push ball on wall up and down 10 reps x 3

Then hand exercises

  • Make an O with each finger 10 reps x 3
  • Raise thumb 10 reps x 3
  • Thumb abduction 10 reps x 3
  • Thumb scoop and up 10 reps x 3
  • Wrist up and down 10 reps x 3
  • Make a fist and open 10 reps x 3

Hip exercises

  • Glute squeezes 10 reps x 3
  • Quad exercise 10 reps x 3
  • Short Arc quad 10 reps x 3
  • Ball between Ankles squeeze 10 reps x 3
  • Ball between knees squeeze 10 reps x 3
  • Hip abduction 10 reps x 3
  • Single leg raise 10 reps x 3

For these exercises I find I can do many while sitting down, watching the TV. And I break them down in 3 sets, so one set in the morning, then a set after dinner, then one more in the evening. So although it looks a lot to do, it’s easily slotted into my day.


Day 65 Dragging my heels

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It’s been so hit miss this week workout physio wise. Either I’ve not been able to do any, due to aching or soreness. Or actual life has gotten in the way.

It’s not bad though, it just means I’m returning to ‘real’ life, where it’s not possible to to physio 3 times a day and only focus on that.

I had wondered what my lack of motivation this week was due to🤔 and today I found out, damn mother nature!! She is back in full force, so that explains my foot bones shifting positions, and my shoulder dislocating when I was wiping the kitchen sides.

But I did complete my first outing without my husband. It wasn’t alone though, I was with my eldest daughter. But it felt nice to be outside to shop, and not just out for hydro and hospital.

Day 55 post #hipreplacement

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Some days you crash to a halt, the day before may have floored you. (This is me today, as predicted, from the previous day’s hydrotherapy.) Or the chores have gotten too much around the house. Such is the life of chronic illnesses and chronic pain.

But some days it can be hard to rest, and let the body just recover. As maybe you simply can’t rest, as there’s no one else to do the said chores, or work that need doing.

So on days like that, I write my to do list, and I bribe myself. Like a treat for the chore. I set myself manageable chunks of time, so I can adequately rest in between jobs.

So while I watch a show of my choice, such as the addictive #DoomPatrol or #UmbrellaAcademy I will do weights, so my legs, and hips can rest. Watching the show while doing physio or weights, makes the time go quicker for me, as it’s entertaining me while I do the dreaded thing.

Or I will do washing, drying of clothes, put them away, or clean some rooms ( I cant do chores for long) but I will reward myself with #ShakespeareAndHathaway and a coffee at 2.15pm

Being in a set routine really helps as well, knowing I’m active in the morning, winding down for dinner, resume activity until 2.15pm for Shakespeare and Hathaway, I’ve rested properly between things, it helps me stay on top of my pacing.

By doing this I can balance rest and activity, something which I’ve often struggled with over the years. It’s very important for us #Edsers (EhlersDanlosSyndrome) sufferers as we suffer with low energy, and exhaustion. They call it Pacing. And as I said ‘Pacing‘ is about balancing activity and rest to enable you to manage chronic fatigue. … Chronic pain in the EhlersDanlos syndromes, especially in hypermobile EDS, is very common and may be severe.

Day 32 post #hipreplacement what was I thinking?

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This weekend consisted of me, attempting to be normal. I opted for some much needed scrubbing of the kitchen, but all waist height.

Sweeping of the kitchen floor, and bathroom floor, and scrubbing the bathroom suite. But on top of that, I decided to prep and cook a full Sunday roast for both Saturday and Sunday (all at once, we will reheat the Sunday)

Not sure what got into me, probably watching too many #MrsHinch insta stories. But while it felt good to be productive, even though I’m not doing too much physio. I can honestly say it wore me out. I even had huge breaks between each chore, and sat down for some chores too.

Topped off with #RockyV in the evening, I was tired, achy but mostly feeling very very accomplished. This seems a far cry from just last week. I’m definitely getting stronger, just need to work on stamina now.